Express press service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has seen a decline in the number of schools, both public and private, equipped with computers – from 28.6% in 2018 to 23.8% in 2022 – according to the annual state of education report education. According to the latest release of the 2018 report, the percentage of students using computers also fell from 29.3% to 19.4%.

The national report was released last week by the Pratham Education Foundation following a nationwide survey. It covered 31 districts, 920 villages, 18,312 households and 30,737 children aged 3 to 16 across the state.

The data comes in a post-pandemic world, where the state government has announced moves to propel education online to equip schools with computers and internet facilities. Even the budget for 2022 included the state announcing plans to implement smart classrooms and train teachers to manage online lessons. Of the schools surveyed, nearly 20% do not have a library. In 2018, only 16.2% of schools did not provide the facility.

Rejecting the figures, the General Secretary of the Federation of Graduate Teachers of Tamil Nadu, P Patrick Raymond, told TNIE: “There are serious discrepancies in the figures or the sampling method of the survey. The majority of schools in the state have computers because teachers need to upload various information to the Education Management Information System (EMIS).

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