Kohima, May 14 (NE): The Department of School Education, Nagaland commenced its milestone Tele/Online Education Programme of broadcasting Video and Radio Lessons through Doordarshan and All India Radio, Kohima from the 1st of May, 2020. The department mentioned that as on May 12, 2020, Nagaland is the 14th State in India to launch the Tele/Online Education Programme during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
The education department felt that it is essential for children to be kept engaged in the continuous process of education, even during the lockdown period. The Education Department of the state have been exploring ways and means to ensure keeping the young students in the right track during the lockdown.
The department invited applications from teachers serving in Govt. and Private schools residing in and around Kohima for delivering lessons through the digital media. Nearly 50 teachers volunteered for rendering their services, out of which 23 teachers ( 11 from Govt. schools and 12 from private schools) were selected through a screening process for executing the project, DoSE reported.
Recording of the video lessons is being done at the newly setup temporary studio at the Directorate of School Education under the supervision of DoSE officers and the team ‘Take One Nagaland’ has been wholeheartedly carrying out the task of the production of the video and audio recordings. Officials of Doordarshan Kendra, and All India Radio, Kohima have been extending cooperation and support beyond their call of duty for the successful execution of the programme, Shanavas C IAS, Principal director, DoSE stated.
Presently, the telecast of lessons is being done for students of classes 8 to 10 and 12 and it is proposed to extend the same for students of classes 5 to 7 in the near future.
As ensuring maximum coverage for the DD and AIR broadcast across the State, including the remote areas is very much essential for achieving the objectives of the programme, all the DEOs/Sr. SDEOs/SDEOs and School Heads were requested to work in association with District Administration in each district and made necessary arrangements for students who do not have the facilities to access the DD satellite telecast at home to view/listen the broadcast at a common place like Village Hall, School Auditorium, etc.
People viewing TV telecast using private DTH service providers are unable to view the telecast as the service providers have not included the DD Kohima satellite transmission in their telecast list, for which, the matter has been taken up with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The broadcast schedule is made in such a way that only two classes will be having the lessons on a particular day, so that children will not group up in large numbers in Schools/Village Council halls where the telecasting is viewed.
All the videos telecasted through Doordarshan are also shared with public through the Youtube channel of the department, ‘DoSE Nagaland’ and also through the Facebook page ‘School Education, Nagaland’ so that students, parents and teachers could download / access the videos during their leisure time and make best use of the telecast.
The department also directed schools to device mechanism for preparation and circulation of notes for the lessons being broadcasted. The department proposes to make Class wise DVDs of the entire telecast and distribute to interested persons at a nominal charge.
The Tele/Online Education Programme of DoSE Nagaland has made a sensational hit in the social media with its Youtube registering 14,200+ subscribers within a short span of time of its launch. The Tele/Online Education Programme has earned appreciations of people from different walks of life and thousands of students from other States have also subscribed to the Youtube channel.
The department also said that it proposes to carry forward this initiative even after the lockdown is lifted so that the students’ community could make use of the expertise and experiences of the best teachers serving in the State Capital.