To provide digital education to students, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state govt will provide laptops to students through Kerala State Financial Enterprises (KSFE).
The scheme titled KSFE Vidyashree aims to make education more effective in the backdrop of the corona pandemic. It will be implemented with the help of Kudumbashree.
The KSFE will start a savings scheme of Rs 15,000 where students can deposit Rs 500 for 30 months. Students joining the scheme and successfully paying Rs 500 for three months will be given laptops worth Rs 15,000 as loan by KSFE.
While the government will bear 5 percent of the loan interest, the KSFE will bear 4 percent.
The chief minister also added that the government will try to rope in various departments and agencies to subsidise the loan amount.
Earlier, the Kerala govt had started an initiative named ‘First Bell’ for online classes. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government has opted for online classes as students cannot reach schools due to COVID-19, during the launch of initiative.
The online classes were held from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday for all the classes. Various time slots have been allocated to students of different standards.