As many as 10,000 schools across Kerala will get free broadband internet facility with unlimited data usage from November 1, according to C. Raveendranath, Kerala’s education minister.
“This step would mark the beginning of improving IT infrastructure in primary section, as an extension of the High-Tech School programme through which classes from 8 to 12 are being upgraded with the aid of information and communication technology (ICT) tools,” Raveendranath said.
The initiative is a joint effort by IT@School project, which has been providing broadband internet connection to close to 5,000 schools and educational offices, and state-owned telecommunications company BSNL.
“With the addition of broadband internet provision to primary section, the state’s school internet network (with 100 per cent coverage and over 15,000 connections) would become the largest of its kind in the country,” said K. Anvar Sadath, executive director of IT@School.
New ICT textbook for classes 1 to 4 titled as ‘Kalipetti’ will be available for lower primary schools from November. Besides this ICT training will be given to all primary school teachers.
Government is also planning to develop a comprehensive digital content library exclusively for the primary section.