Ganjam BEO Takes Steps To Telecast Online Classes on Television

At a time when education has shifted to the online mode, government officials need to ensure proper digital infrastructure is in place. To help students who face connectivity issues or do not have access to smartphones, a block education officer (BEO) in Odisha’s Ganjam district has taken the initiative to telecast online classes through the local cable network.

“We have also proposed to the government about conducting classes through the cable TV network… so that more and more students can take part,” said Abhinash Satapathy, the BEO.

Inspired from the videos available on YouTube, the classes will be encoded by the cable operators and telecast during a scheduled time slot, said Abhinash Satapathy, BEO of Chhatrapur. He is hopeful that through this method maximum students will be able to attend their classes as almost every household has a television with a cable connection.

“We have discussed with local cable operators and Sarapanchs in three blocks – Chhatrapur, Khallikote and Ganjam – through the respective block development officers. The classes will start airing in the next three to four days,” added Satapathy.

Any decision about the slots will be taken after talking to the parents and based on the convenience of the students. Multiple time slots will be chosen so that the children do not miss out on their classes.

Earlier, Surya Narayan Sahoo, the headmaster of Mundamari Primary School in Dharakote block of the district had adopted this method in at least seven panchayats.

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