SRINAGAR — While the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have ordered the schools to hold virtual classes in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, nearly 23 per cent of students in the Union Territory lack the basic facility of attending online classes.
According to a survey conducted by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), in Jammu and Kashmir, 22.9 per cent of students studying in government and private schools lack access to smartphones.
ASER in a survey conducted in 2020 has stated that 30.3 per cent of students of government schools and 13.1 per cent of students of private schools have no availability of smartphones to attend online classes.
Ironically, 10.5 per cent of students studying in government and private schools also have no access to the Internet while at least 16.5 per cent of students face connectivity issues.
Besides, the ASER has also mentioned that only 33 per cent of schools were sending learning material to the students enrolled in the government and private schools of Jammu and Kashmir. (KNO)