Shillong, July 14: Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui stated that the Department is dealing with multipronged challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He informed that although protocols for dos and don’ts are ready, they are still unaware of when schools will be reopened.
He added that the education system in Meghalaya and even the rest of the world is not pandemic proof. “The infrastructure is lacking behind, not only for the state of Meghalaya but also worldwide,” he said.
On digital learning, the Education Minister reiterated that there is a vast difference between the have and have not in Meghalaya, and therefore, even though there are several platforms, the state hasn’t been able to fully utilise it.
Rymbui stated that in rural areas, students don’t have the necessary medium or gadgets to go for online learning, and even if they do, there are connectivity issues.
He stated that even teachers were not fully equipped to teach via online classes and so, the department had taken up the initiative to teach teachers the basics of teaching online, on how to plan their syllabus and lessons.
Regarding promotion of students below Class VIII based on their past records, he said that promoting children without knowledge just for a certificate will not help them. “Certificate without knowledge will not help them in the long run,” he said.