Pondicherry plans to tap e-learning for toning up school education S. Nadarajan Infrastructure development to get priority; orientation courses for teachers planned Thursday, The Hindu Jul 27, 2006
PONDICHERRY: The Pondicherry Government plans to improve the quality of school education through e-learning. In an interview to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Education Minister M. O. H. F. Shahjahan said a blueprint had been prepared. With the help of a centralised laboratory, teachers would train students in e-learning. He said infrastructure development, orientation courses for teachers and helping children overcome their disability to learn fast would be the other thrust areas.
Mr. Shahjahan said the Government was also keen on reducing the book load. Compact discs would be used in place of books. Soon, computers would be installed in all schools. There would be a computer for every five students. A coaching centre to prepare students for various professional courses was also on the anvil. To encourage opening of kindergarten schools, anganwadis would be made a hub of educational activities and would run the LKG and UKG system. Outsourcing would be resorted to for ensuring academic development of government schools.
Mr. Shahjahan said the Education Advisory Committee would meet periodically to plan and review implementation of schemes. Leading institutions and Aurobindo Ashram-sponsored Centres of Education would be roped in to improve quality in government schools.