SRINAGAR — Amid closure of educational institutions across Kashmir Valley in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Directorate of School Education (DSEK) has taken up an initiative to reach to students through mobile app “Zoom” so that lectures will be imparted through video conferencing.

Director School Education, Mohammad Younis Malik said in wake of COVID-19 pandemic situation followed by strict lockdown, all educational institutions across Kashmir Valley have suspended its operations till further orders.

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He said DSEK has taken several steps including conduct of online classes in current situation to minimize the losses suffered by students due to back to back uncertain state of affairs since August 2019.

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“Once the mobile application, namely Zoom, is installed on smartphones, students will get in touch through video conferencing and get benefited from online classes at their homes,” Director School Education said.

He also said DSEK is using every medium to reach out to students especially of far flung areas so that their career will go unaffected. He further said that special classes are already being run on DoorDarshan which is availed by thousands across the UT.

When asked about students in far flung areas don’t have smartphones, Director School Education said these students will be provided special assignments compiled by DSEK and no student will be left out. He said with these efforts, more than six lac students will get benefited.

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Meanwhile, several parents lampooned the efforts like imparting education through mobile app. They said it seems DSEK is unaware about low-speed internet due to restrictions on high-speed mobile data services since August 2019.

“When there is no 4G internet service, how DSEK can impart education through video conferencing? It is out of imagination,” parents said. They appealed DSEK to come up with some concrete measure which is possible in current situation so that career of students will be saved.

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