Rangpur – Online classes have been getting popularity as courses were moderated on a single platform for more than a month for tens of thousands of students in the northern districts amid a nationwide virus lockdown.
The authorities in Rangpur began the online schooling on April 9, weeks after the government shut schools along with other non-essential services to stem the spread of novel coronavirus that killed more than 250 people in Bangladesh.
More than 15,000 cases of novel coronavirus were also reported in the South Asian country.
At the end of a month of online service, Rangpur Online School on Saturday arranged a discussion, seminar and interview of noted persons on the benefit of such course.
Guardians and students, who were also interviews, expressed satisfaction with the courses in absence of physical classrooms, where nearly 40 million students nationwide are supposed to get their regular lessons.
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) in coordination with Access to Information (A2I) project have begun the academic classes through Sangsad Bangladesh Television.
A number of online schools from eight divisions across the country have also been operating the academic activities.
Professor Sirajul Islam, a DSHE director, said the programme has been taken to reduce the academic losses of the students.
Rangpur Online School launched the academic activities with some promising teachers and staffs of eight northern districts.
Principal, Robertsongonj High School and College, Rangpur Zakir Hossain, who was an editor of the page, said we started the online schooling to cover the academic loss.
“We maintained a class routine from Primary to Higher Secondary level,” he said adding that the classes were being telecast between 9am to 9pm in Rangpur Online School Facebook page.
Noted teachers from different institutes attend the live classes. They also leave recorded classes for the students who missed the live sessions. The post of the page reached to 2,04796 people and the number of viewers were 113,996.
Mohammad Shahajan, a guardian, said the students are getting benefit of the digital classes.
Rifa Khatun, a student of class IX of Police Lines School and College, said it was good to attend classes from home.
A21 Official- Avijit Saha said, digitalization in Bangladesh creates the scope of online schooling.
Dhaka University Institute of Education and Research (IER) professor Mohammad Ali Jinnah said, the online schooling is good.
“But it is not alternative of formal schooling. Most of the students in the country are underprivileged who will not get access the online platform.”
Attending online class on a regular basis has a cost implication too, as the students have to bear the cost of internet services. Teachers, Students and guardians are not provided the internet service at free of costs or subsidized data packs.