Nearly 1,000 students will get access to wireless Internet bringing the benefits of technology to those from diverse economic backgrounds.
Kozhikode: The Government Higher Secondary School, Chorode, near Vadakara, will become the first Wi-Fi-enabled government school in the State soon, giving wireless Internet access to its nearly 1,000 students on the three-acre campus — a feat eminent centres of learning are known for.
A.K. Syke, teacher who took the lead in implementing the project, told The Hindu that the main access point and five sub-access points had been installed. A couple of wired LAN (local area network) connections ensured flawless connectivity.
“We are waiting for the date of our MP (Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran) to inaugurate the facility,” Headmistress P. Gouri said.
Wi-Fi will enable the students, majority of whom from the interiors of the district, to get closer to the Internet, helping them carry out their curriculum-based projects, seminars, assignments and collection of study materials in a more effective and systematic manner.
The project, financed by the Parent-Teacher Association, is aimed at making the benefits of modern technology evenly available to students from diverse economic backgrounds in a democratic way.
“Most of our students are from the villages and the low-income group,” Ms. Gouri said.
The school authorities have taken measures to check the misuse of Internet. Security has been sealed using the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) system, which needs a password for the students to log on, Mr. Syke said. Internet usage will be teacher-monitored.
The school has a computer lab with more than 60 computers and a few laptops. With Wi-Fi, the school authorities have submitted a proposal to the government to provide a laptop for every classroom. “The authorities have responded positively to our proposal, which we expect will materialise without much delay,” Mr. Syke said.
The school has been scoring more than 95 per cent pass in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate and Plus Two examinations for the past several years. The government had selected it as the best school in the district in 2006. The school had set up its web site years ago and established classroom libraries and development committees for improving the standard of the students.