Online learning: Rural PU students struggle with competitive exams – Times of India
This was evident during the recently-announced CET, where only a few rural students have been able to make the cut. Earlier, when classes and coaching were held offline, rural students fared better, and were even able to secure ranks.
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Akash, (name changed), a science student from Belthangady, had a dream to join a professional course after scoring well in CET. “Now my dream has been shattered, as I have not secured enough marks to get into an engineering college,” he said.
“Our students were able to secure ranks within 10,000 during the days before the pandemic. However, this year they have secured ranks that are above 40,000. The major reasons for this are the shift from offline learning to online, and students in rural areas were affected due to connectivity issues. Students from rural areas are the worst-hit, when compared to their counterparts from urban areas,” said Dayamani, principal, Shree Sharada Women’s PU College in Sullia. She added that Sullia taluk is the worst-hit taluk when it comes to internet connectivity and power cuts.
“Some villages have less than 10 hours of power supply in a day. There is no network whenever there are power cuts. We used to conduct four hours of online coaching for CET. Students could attend only two hours of classes, as there were issues with data and connectivity,” she said.
Since not many rural students have written the CET or have done badly, they have opted for other courses, including ITI and diploma. Yusuf, principal of Government PU college, B Mooda, Bantwal taluk, says it’s not just online classes that are an issue, but students are also facing financial issues. “Many rural students did not register to take competitive exams, as their homes were reeling under financial crisis. They would not have been able to pay for a seat ,even if they secured a good rank,” he said.
“Every year we collect data of students who appear for the CET, but this year it’s not available, since candidates have not kept us informed about their registration,” said the head of an aided college.
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