A click on progress
March 2006

A click on progress

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For most people in the world this Indian state Kerala is quite little  known. But among academics, Kerala has become something of a  star, a place to study and to puzzle about. The reason is undoubtedly  because of the  so-called Kerala Model which generally refers to the high achievements of Kerala’s people on statistical indicators of  development. One of the key factors for  the substantial human progress in kerala, is the Kerala’s education system, especially for  women. Kerala has the best primary education system in India, and a literacy rate of 90% – almost twice the rate for all of India at 52%

The literacy rate for females in Kerala is 82%—one of the highest in all of Asia. Even in the rural areas, more than half the women are literate, compared with 43  per cent for all of India. Kerala was declared a ‘Fully Literate State’ in 1991 and is the only state in India where over 90% of the people  can read and write, and credit for this goes to the free and compulsory  education provided to all children up to the age of 14 years.  Kerala schools possess better physical and basic facilities compared to those in other parts of India. 83%  of schools are housed in proper building.  The IT @ School Project, launched  four years ago, has remodeled conventional teaching methodologies  in classrooms through   se of Information Technology. The project,  in its first stage, is being  mplemented in 2,738 High Schools in the State.  Over 40,000 teachers were given 90 hours of training on IT skills.  Computer labs with 10 to 60 computers are available in all High Schools. DLP projection-enabled  classrooms are  resent in nearly 400  High Schools. IT @ SCHOOL is a project under the  irectorate of Public Instruction of the Government of  Kerala, which introduces Information Technology in High School Education  for qualitative improvement of the conventional teaching / learning  system.  The Education  Department  plans to introduce an elibrary project in  the educational institutions in the state, which aims at equipping students  to explore the vast potential of the
emerging elearning  system. Under the project,each school will be given 150   CD’s containing educational programmes,  each with duration of one hour. The
VCDs costing Rs.200 will be given to the schools at a subsidised rate of  Rs.40 each. The State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET) is the  implementing agency for the project.  SIET will also help the students to set up a home CD-library. Of the VCDs, 80 per cent will be based on the SSLC  curriculum.  The SIET telecasts educational programmes, in association with the  Doordarshan, from December 26 to help the students who appear for the  SSLC examinations in March 2006. The SIET has also developed a SSLCtop  winner audio CD-ROM with possible questions in each topic for  the examination. CD, both in English
and Malayalam, with duration of 20 hours is also available. The SIET has  also prepared Malayala Kavitha Padanam CDs. The State Government  would provide Rs.2 crore for the school library modernization project.  EDUSAT program would be implemented to the whole L.P schools  in Kerala by June-July by the help of Local Self Government. ❏

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