Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the online education is not compulsory for the students even as schools are yet to reopen due to COVID-19 situation in the coastal state.
The Chief Minister met various stakeholders of the education sector in the state to know their view.
He said that we don’t have cent per cent connectivity and all the students don’t have smart phones.
“WE have not said that online educaion is compulsory. We have trained 11,000 teachers for online training. There is no circular mentioning, online education compulsory,” he said.
Sawant said that we have given different options to the schools. We are also contemplating the possibility of airing the educational content through Doordarshan or private channels.
“Parents need not panick that they don’t have smart phone. Don’t accept any amount on the loan to buy smart phone,” he said.
Chief minister said that all the schools will have teach the entire syllabus to the students without insisting for online education.
Sawant said that the state government will take the decision on reopening of the schools after July 15, depending on COVID-19 situation in Goa.
He said that all the teachers will have to compulsory attend the schools from Wednesday onwards. “The teachers will have to prepare for the teaching and be in touch with the students and parents so that there is no loss of time,” he said.
He also warned the schools demanding extra money under the pretext of online education. Sawant said that those schools asking for donations from the parents for online teaching will have to face strict action, if there is any complaint is lodged against them.