Lucknow: Even as the debate rages on the conduct of NEET and JEE exams next month, political leaders continue to chip in with their views to remain in news.
Now, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav feels that the decision to continue with online education is impractical.
“The way in which the BJP implemented demonetization and GST without any preparations, it is similarly proceeding with online education for children. The results are not good. This is an impractical step,” Akhilesh said.
Observing that there’s no electricity in more than half of the children’s homes in Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh said: “Online education cannot work without a computer, laptop or smartphone. Only 27% of children in the state have a laptop or smartphone.”
He added that the speed of internet connection is slow. “There is a difference in the socio-economic level of the students, as a result of which online education is not easy for everyone,” Akhilesh remarked.
He claimed that when his party was in government, it had distributed 18 lakh laptops to students. “At that time, BJP people used to ridicule it… today laptops have become a necessity,” Akhilesh quipped.
“The BJP talks about Sanskrit and sanskriti (culture). But the reality is that the government is ignoring Sanskrit schools and is going to close them. Attention should be paid to accommodate students and scholars studying there,” he advised.