As India entered the year of the pandemic, students in about 61% of the country’s districts had very little exposure to digital learning due to the limited availability of computers, internet facilities and media. teachers trained to manage technological tools in schools, according to a report by the Ministry of Education. released on Monday.
The District Performance Rating Index (PGI-D) for 2019-2020 shows that schools across India performed poorly in the digital learning category, which scored lowest by compared to the other parameters taken into account when creating the index.
In the index, up to 180 districts scored below 10% on digital learning, 146 districts scored between 11-20%, while 125 districts scored between 21-30% .
The report also highlights the stark rural-urban divide in digital learning. For example, while parts of cities like Chandigarh and Delhi scored between 25 and 35 out of 50, places like Araria and Kishanganj in Bihar scored as low as 2.
Lagging districts like South Salmara-Mankachar in Assam and Dhalai in Tripura scored 1. Performance by district in digital learning was established based on the number of schools equipped with computers/ laptops, Internet facility, student-to-computer ratio and percentage of trained teachers. use and teach through computers.
In contrast, in terms of learning outcomes, no district scored below 10%, 12 scored between 11 and 20%, while 309 scored between 51 and 60%.
The Center had released the PGI index by state for the year 2019-2020 in June 2021. Chandigarh and the states of Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were the top performers in the index.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the changes needed in our existing system in terms of embracing digital learning as part of general learning to continue education at home… This has required a domain on digital learning in PGI-D, which is not in IGP status.
“In the digital learning category, 20 districts showed more than 20% improvement in score and 43 districts showed more than 10% improvement in score in 2019-20 compared to 2018-19, which resulted in progress at the academic level,” the PGI-D report states.