Shillong, Apr 8: Meghalaya Home & Education Minister Lakhmen Rymbui on Wednesday urged all head of institutions and teachers to continue teaching students via e-learning and using apps like Google Classroom, Zoom app, partnering with local startup cr.online or using email and WhatsApp to send assignments.
In a heartfelt message, the minister thanked all the head of institutions for their support to the government during the lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic and requested them to render support to all students and teachers.
The minister highlighted the importance of using online platforms for teaching. “At this time of social distancing, classroom teaching is not feasible but we now have strong digital infrastructure, e-learning and virtual knowledge sharing platforms. These allow us to continue teaching and guiding students. Our students are our top priority,” he emphasized.
He also urged teachers to use this time to innovate and find means to connect with students and to continue teaching and render support to the students who, “must be tense and worried about how they will now be able to cope with their syllabus or the anxiety they might be experiencing because of everything that is going on.”
“I know that a teacher’s job is never easy and I sincerely appreciate all these efforts,” he said.
The Education Minister also lauded efforts by several institutes already using virtual aid and said that it was important that these facilities are expanded to include all educational institutes and by reach to all students.
He informed that the Education Department has partnered with a local startup organization cr.online for the purpose and the response has been encouraging. “I urge all institution to initiate this exercise and utilize the App for online learning,” he said.
Further he added that, “from the department side, we have endeavored our best to release all pending salaries on time including school grants, uniform grants for the students.”