Monday, 30 March 2020
Convent starts online classes but 2G fails many
Srinagar, Mar 30: A leading missionary school of the valley started online classes on Monday but many students had difficulties connecting to the virtual classroom because of lack of high-speed internet in Kashmir.
The valley, like the rest of the world, is under lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has devoured people in thousands with over 700,000 confirmed cases.
In such a scenario, Presentation Convent Secondary School, Srinagar had informed the parents that the students had to download ‘zoom cloud’ application through which they can log in to the online classes and resume some level of academic activity.
Mukhtar Ahmad, whose daughter Tazkiya studies in class 4 in the school, said he was informed to log into the application at 10 am on Monday.
Mukhtar has a fixed high-speed internet connection and could do so seamlessly.
“After downloading the application, we were given a code to connect to the classes. While my child was able to connect to the virtual classroom, it was very difficult for some of my relatives and neighbours whose kids study in the same school to do so because of the absence of 4G internet,” he told The Kashmir Monitor.
Tazkiya’s class has around 53 students. The classes began at 10 am and finished by 2 in the afternoon with some brief breaks in between.
“Before beginning the class, the teachers apprised the students about the precautions they needed to take