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Maharashtra Education Minister requests centre for air time to conduct education programmes

The students are at home and the prolonged lockdown means that the students are at risk of losing significant instructional time, the letter by Varsha Gaikwad read.

Maharashtra Education Minister requests centre for air time to conduct education programmes
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Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday asked the central government to provide 12-hour air time on national television to conduct education programmes for children in rural parts of the state amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Gaikwad wrote to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar requesting to grant 12-hour time on national television and utilising DD National Channels for educational purposes. 

The Maharashtra Minister also requested for two-hours on the radio to reach out to students in Adivasi and rural areas where online learning and internet access is a problem. 

“We have requested the central govt. to give 12 hr air on national tv and 2 hr radio slot so that we can conduct educational programs for children which can reach tribal and rural Maharashtra kids where e-learning and internet access is a problem (sic)," Varsha Gaikwad tweeted with the letter.

The schools across the country were shut down before the summer vacation, owing to the COVID-19 crisis. The students are at home and the prolonged lockdown means that the students are at risk of losing significant instructional time, the letter read. 

It further said that the Maharashtra government along with SCERT was figuring out ways to support student learning during these difficult times. The Maharashtra government was promoting DIKSHA as a source for learning via mobile devices, it added. 

“I welcome the move of MHRD and the ministry of I&B to provide time slots for various states to transmit educational content via DD National Channels. This will be highly beneficial in these times,” the letter said. 

The SCERT Maharashtra is deputed as the nodal academic body to aggregate grade-wise digital learning and interactive content to be broadcasted. 

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