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Kohima: The Nagaland School education department has clarified that all video lessons uploaded on its social media handles and on Jio TV are free of cost for students. Its recent decision to provide video lessons on pen drives have also been made free for government schools.

Through a notification, principal director Shanvavas C made certain clarifications in regard to the video Lessons telecasted through Doordarshan during the months of May, June and July which are to be made available in pen drives.

It said that all video lessons have been made available for “free access” on social media handles over YouTube and Facebook since May 1 and the same are also made available for free access through Jio TV, with effect from August 10.

“The department in its notification has clearly stated that pen drives will be issued to all government schools free of cost and no amount is collected from them,” it said.

It added that only interested Individuals/private schools who wish to have the pen drives loaded with video lessons other than free of cost access methods (as mentioned above) shall buy the pen drives through the portal .

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Payment will be made only for the hardware and the copying cost of the videos. “No profit is made out of it, and it is not compulsory for any individual/private school to buy the same,” it added.

According to the department, the duration of the video lessons ranges from six hours to 35 hours per class and the capacity of pen drives are 16 GB, 32 GB & 64 GB. Accordingly, the cost has been fixed at Rs 350, Rs 480 and Rs 850, respectively.

It added: “In fact, the decision to make the video lessons available in pen drives was taken after the department received requests from various quarters about their inability to access the videos through internet due to connectivity issues, whereas PCs/laptops are available in many villages/wards with schools, churches or student bodies which could be used to access the videos for the benefit of students.”

The department is aware and “clearly understands that all students will not own smartphones/PCs/laptops and it is a collective responsibility of everyone to help the students”.

“The entire transaction is made in a complete transparent manner and public are free to know about the details at any time,” it added.

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Earlier, Shanavas also took to Twitter to share a flow chart on the “learning plan” for students across the state. The chart shows that in places where the students have no access to technology, the teachers are required to make notes/worksheets for the students, ensuring that these notes reaches all students. The teachers are further required to monitor the activities and pen it down in the teacher’s diary which is meant for maintaining teachers’ progress report.

“Learning Plan for our students in these Covid-19 lockdown times. Request the community/ teachers to help the students in whatever way possible, so that continuous learning happens in all corners of the state,” he tweeted.

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