Shillong, Mar 29: “Come what may, the education of young minds must not be hindered,” is the motto behind CR Projects new initiative the CR School – an online portal for students from Class KG to Class X.
It was developed with an initiative to ensure that students can continue with their studies from the safety of their own homes as the country is in under a lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Friday, 27 March, 2020, two schools have registered themselves with CR School, the Meghalaya Police Public School and Pine Mount School.The two schools will now offer video tutorials uploaded by teachers.
Online notes and assignments will also be available for students. In case of any doubt, students will also be able to interact with teachers virtually through the platform.
“All one needs are an internet connection, a PC, laptop, tablet or a smart phone to avail of this service which we are not charging a single penny as our humble contribution at this hour of need,” Christopher said, adding that talks with other schools for a similar experience are also underway.
Meghalaya Police Public School Principal I Warjri said that the initiative was undertaken so that students can continue their studies despite the nation-wide lockdown and so that their pace is not disturbed.
“Earlier, we were only able to give students assignments through messaging apps but that too was only till the 31st of March. We started looking for another alternative and so we approached CR Projects to help us,” she said.
“The firm developed a website for us where students and teachers can log in via separate links,” MPPS Principal revealed stating that all one has to do is register themselves to the platform.On being asked whether such a step was feasible for students of the state and if parents were on-board with the idea, she said that almost 90% of students from the school have already applied for online learning.
“Before we started, we contacted all parents to ask if they have laptops, PC, smart phone or tablet and majority replied that they have smart phone. The parents also said that all of them have internet connection,” she said.
However taking into account the remaining 10% students who haven’t registered she said that they were trying to contact those parents whose numbers haven’t been updated on their lists and are requesting them to register. If there has been any change in your contact numbers, please contact 9615922732 and update your new number so as to ensure your child does not miss out. I greatly encourage the keen participation of the students and guidance of parents too,” she requested.
“I urge both parents and students to kindly download the link sent to you via SMS in your registered mobile number and register your child so as to ensure the child does not miss the lessons,” Warjri said adding, “We need to double our efforts to ensure that our students study pace is not affected too much due to this challenge.”
Meanwhile, Pine Mount School Principal Aiom Ksiar Diengdoh revealed that 900 of their students have already registered for online learning through the platform.
“The platform CR School will provide step by step video instructions for students to register themselves and start learning,” Diengdoh stated.
Further, Diengdoh informed, “CR School is absolutely free. All teachers will continue their lectures using the online platform. The teachers will also be working from home.”
Replying to question on whether all parents supported the idea and if all students have access to smart phones or the internet she said, “In this day and age, it is necessary to be connected to the internet. At times like these the need of the hour is to make sure students are still learning.”
Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui applauded the new steps undertaken by Pine Mount School and Meghalaya Police Public School to ensure students continue learning and said, “It is a modern innovation and a good initiative by these schools.”
On being asked if government schools and colleges will also pursue the same, he said that there were no plans for it yet and stated “We can’t compare between different schools and colleges. Some have the infrastructure to take up the initiative and some don’t.”
“Nobody was prepared for this kind of situation, it was unprecedented. In most cases, we have at least one month or week to prepare,” he said.
The Education Minister also appealed to students to continue with their studies at home and if feasible join in to different platforms that can help.
He also informed that science and mathematics textbooks have been energised to DIKSHA website and students can avail the benefits through the website.
He further added that development of Information technology can be helpful in the future in case a situation like this arises again.
If there are any problems relating to the registration, parents and can send a WhatsApp message to +1 315 3258070 or log on into http://www.crschool.online