Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia, has directed the officials of the department to prepare a proposal to buy tablets for around 50,000 teachers and principals of the 1024 government schools in the national capital.
All Delhi government school teachers will be given tablets by the year end for non-academic works like attendance and tabulation of marks. In next two months, distribution of tablets to teachers will start, sources said, adding that it will cost the exchequer a burden of about Rs 50 crore. Sisodia has asked the education and IT departments to make the required arrangements, the official said.
Atishi Marlena, advisor, education department, said: “School teachers have had a long-standing demand for technological intervention to reduce their burden. We will be giving tablets to all teachers, including about 15,000 guest teachers and principals. To start with, they can take attendance on it and if a child is absent, a message will automatically be sent to the parent. Subsequently, we will add more apps to it.”
She said that the government will also give internet facility on these tablets.
“Most teachers complain that they cannot give more time for teaching as they are engaged in data entry or management works like maintenance of attendance registers, preparation of students‘ report cards, etc.
“In view of this, we have decided to give tablets to the teachers of all government schools. Education and Information Technology Department have been directed to work out the modalities of the project,” Marlena said here.
“Eventually, we also want to provide teacher training material on the tabs. However, we will roll this out gradually. The government will be giving a data package as well, depending on how much data we think will be required for official work,” she said.
She said that government will provide internet data card to the teachers so that they could do the required work online also.