Chief Minister Arjun Munda’s announcement to distribute Tablet among students has generated a sense of joy and cheers among them in Jharkhand.
“My father sells vegetables.When I told him to get me a Tablet,he said he will get it.In the evening he got me six tablets of Vitamin B”,said Sudhir Kumar,a Matric student of Zila school,Ranchi.
”I laughed.But when I told him that I needed a Tablet computer,he made it clear that he did not have money to buy it.Now with our CM making a promise to gift one,my dream will come true.”
Kumar’s observation is symptomatic of more than five lakh students of Matric in the government run schools in Jharkhand.If his announcement is turned into a reality,Jharkhand will become the first state in India to gift Tablet to every Matric student.
The move,a brain chiild of Munda,aims to distribute Tablet free of cost to students of Matric who were enrolled in the state government run schools.Most of them hailed from low income group families.
It has wide ranging implications.One,it is expected to motivate students to become computer literate.Two,the drop out rate among the students of Class VI and X is likely to go down.Three,IT industry is set to get a boost.
“Apart from distributing these Tablets,the state government should also ensure these students knew how to operate and use it”,said Sudhakar Choubey,a teacher of St. John’s school,Ranchi.
To implement it,Munda,having made the announcement on November 15,has held at least two rounds of meetings with senior government officials during November 16-17 and directed them to complete formalities and start distributing Tablets among the students in the first month of the new year.”If the need be,the plan can be debated and approved by the state cabinet”,said Munda.