All the educational institutions including schools, colleges, and universities are closed since March 16

Agartala: Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction over the death of student in absence of smartphone and assured to provide smartphone to real needy students.

Speaking in a press conference, Nath said that the death of students in the absence of smartphone is unacceptable. The intention of the state government in providing classes through text and Whatsapp messages is an additional step and not to complete syllabus.

“In case there is any student who really needs a smartphone the department will arrange a phone for them post inquiry. The facility would be made available in special cases to selective students”, Nath said.

He also informed that in Tripura there are 36 lakh phone subscribers registered under four service providers across the state.

“The state government does not have an intention to complete syllabus through online classes. It is an additional program so that we can have as many students as possible. Even if we can reach 3 to 4 lakh students out of the total 5 lakh students, that would be the state government’s success”, Nath said.

He also said that due to two three such incidents we cannot deprive five lakh students of the state.

“We have started ‘Ektu Khelo Ektu Poro’ which does not require a smartphone. A keypad phone will also serve the purpose. The education department had also signed MoU with Doordarshan Kendra to broadcast recording classes”, Nath added.

“We have also provided a desktop to Dipayan Debnath, who topped the Madhyamik examination this year. He will also receive an iphone shortly under the chief minister meritorious award later this year.

Two persons including one 14-year-old girl student and 50-year old father had committed suicide after failing to buy smartphone to attend online classes.

Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus, all the educational institutions including schools, colleges, and universities are closed since March 16. Tripura has 4,398 government and government-aided schools apart from 335 private schools in which around 5 lakh students are studying across the state.

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