New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday
announced plans to launch an innovative scheme to spread
elementary education using Information Communication
Technology (ICT) tools.
The new scheme will be similar to the existing ICT scheme
in higher education.
"We are planning to start a new ICT scheme in elementary
education. This will address the requirement of teachers and
help the students study on their own," Sibal told reporters on
the sidelines of a programme here.
He said the scheme would focus on development of
e-contents which would be used by students at primary and
upper-primary classes for learning purposes. This will take
care of the unavailability of teachers to a great extent.
Besides, separate modules would be developed for
assessment and evaluation of students. Teachers` training will
be a component under the proposed scheme.
"We are consulting the IITs for evolving the scheme. Role
of technology is paramount and it will provide affordable
solution to the country`s need for education," he said.
He said there is huge requirement of teachers at primary
and upper primary stages across the country.
"Solution will come from technology. Through digital
signal processing, we have to reach out to students. We have
to have a system in place to help students learn on their
own," he said at the function organised by Texas Instruments
to display new-age products in education.
At present, the government is running a Rs 6000 crore ICT
scheme in higher education.
Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said poor
enrolment rate and unavailability of teachers were the major
challenges in education sector.