Teaching in primary classrooms in the district is all set to get a technological edge with the district panchayat joining hands with the IT@School Project to facilitate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training for primary school teachers.

Teachers in the primary section of 53 high schools under the district panchayat will receive the benefit of the scheme. The scheme will be rolled out at a function to be attended by Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob on October 8.

“IT@School Project usually associates itself with projects that benefit the faculty members of high schools and higher secondary schools. However, it’s important that primary school teachers also receive ICT training to make classroom sessions more interesting for students. Also, it’s perhaps the biggest allocation to be made by a district panchayat for such an initiative,” Joseph Antony, district coordinator of IT@School Project, told The Hindu here on Thursday.

The district panchayat has contributed Rs. 1.10 crore for the project. ICT equipment, including laptops, projectors, and printers bought using the funds will be distributed at the function.

Kochi Corporation had contributed Rs. 40 lakh for a similar project earlier this year. Teachers in primary schools within the corporation limits were given ICT training under the project.

IT@School Project is also actively participating in a comprehensive education programme conceived by V.D. Satheeshan, MLA, for improving the quality of learning in 40-odd schools in his North Paravur Assembly constituency. “Under the programme all teaching and non-teaching staff at the primary, high school and higher secondary level is empowered through ICT. We have already completed training at the high-school level and the training at the primary section is underway,” said Mr. Antony.

Nominees of Parents Teachers Associations from these schools will be given training in the next phase.

As a prelude to the launch of the scheme, IT@School Project had undertaken a study about the extent of ICT application in the schools covered and the ICT infrastructure and its quality. “We identified that at least 183 computers could be put to use with minor maintenance works. We have submitted a proposal to the State government for conducting a hardware clinic in association with Keltron (Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited) to make these systems usable,” Mr. Antony said.

Meanwhile, IT@School Project is making progress with its training programme for high school teachers in the district to familiarize them with the newly introduced ICT textbooks. 

Teachers in the primary section of 53 high schools under the district panchayat will receive the benefit of the scheme.

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