Rayagada: Since the arrival of coronavirus in India, education system has been heavily relying on online mode. However, it has been facing constant struggle due to the digital divide and lack of steady network signal in many parts of the country.
In Odisha’s Rayagada district, students at Kandhakhilum village have had a literally uphill task to attend to online lectures. They have been scaling mountains to attend online classes as they cannot attend one at the comfort of their homes due to the absence of good network signal.
According to a report by the Sambad, over 30 students enrolled in various schools and colleges in Rayagada walk 4-5 km every day to Pitamahal area to attend online classes due to the unavailability of mobile networks at Kandhakhilum village.
“As it is not possible to walk long distance on daily basis for online classes, the students are bound to climb up the hills in pursuit of getting signal and to overcome the mobile network fluctuation,” said a student Manoj Kumar Batra.
In Odisha, schools and colleges are conducting online classes since physical classes are not a possibility as the number of COVID cases in the state are on a rise.