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Government school gets smart classroom through Whatsapp

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Initiatives by a 70-member group on whatsapp have resulted into a smart class setup at a government-run middle school at Udumalpet village in Coimbatore.

The initiative aims to provide smart education to the students of government schools and nurture them holistically.

Head of a local school and member of Whatsapp group – Nattamai Theerpa Mathu Vallimayil V had suggested the Vanjamadai Panchayat Union Middle School to the group. “After I suggested to the members of the group about setting up a smart classroom in the government school, a couple of them from Chennai visited the school last month. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of the teachers, we decided to set up a smart classroom here,” said Vallimayil.

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However, the members found the classroom, constructed decades ago, in shambles. “The floor had sunk and the walls had cracks. We revamped the entire classroom and installed a 55-inch TV screen with internet connection,” Vallimayil added.

“While most government higher secondary schools have smart classrooms, middle schools lack such a facility,” she said.

The smart classroom will give about 120 students of the school access to audio-visual learning, Vallimayil said. “When students in private schools have access to such modern infrastructure, why should students of government schools lag behind?”

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