Computers gathering dust in Anantnag schools

Computers gathering dust in Anantnag schools

By Shafat Mir

Anantnag: Five computers provided to Government Boys Middle School, Mir Danter in Anantnag are gathering dust as no computer literate teacher is available in the school to teach students.
Five computers and a generator were provided to the school after the Education department introduced Computer Aided Learning (CAL) some four years ago. The scheme was introduced through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and many Computer Aided Learning Lab (CALL) centers were established in government run schools across valley. A large amount of money was spent under the project. However this costly equipment is lying defunct and gathering dust in many such schools.
“All this hardware has been turned worthless as there is no teacher to teach computers to the students,” says a parent Mohammed Iqbal.
“We have no teacher available in the school who can impart computer education to the students. I requested for a permanent computer teacher several times but so far nobody has been provided,” says Headmaster of one such school, who wished anonymity.
“Couple of teachers from the school were taken for computer training for three days. But how can you expect someone to learn computers in just three days”, he asked.
ZEO Anantnag, Rifat Ara, said, “We will be attaching a teacher from nearby school on need basis in near future.” However many school heads termed this a futile exercise. What is needed is a permanent teacher, they said.

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