Hyderabad: Nearly 7,000 school students in Mahabubabad district have no access to any gadgets and hence cannot attend the online classes, which are beginning on September 1.
Students in Telangana have been asked to attend the online classes which will be telecast on DD Yadagiri, Saptagiri and T-SAT network. However, the grim reality for many students, not just in Mahabubabad, is that they do not have either a TV set at home, a computer or a mobile phone with Internet facility, sources said. As the new academic year 2020-21 rolls out amid the pandemic after a long delay, officials are asking the gram panchayats to provide TV sets for the benefit of students. Mahabubabad district collector VP Gautam asked the panchayats to seek cooperation of the pubic representatives in this endeavour. Cable operators have also been asked by collectors to see that there is no interruption in the telecast.
There are 27,073 students in Mahabubabad. Authorities have identified that 8,000 students have mobile phones with Internet facility and another 10,000 students have mobile phones but no Internet facility. Since it is not a face-to-face interaction, students can call up their teachers to clear any doubts . Their numbers will be displayed at all panchayat offices.
Kamareddy district collector A Sharath asked that arrangements be made in the panchayat offices and also government offices wherever necessary for students to attend the online classes by watching the telecast. Transco authorities have been requested to ensure that power supply does not snap during the telecast hours. Nagarkurnool district collector L Sharman held a meeting with cable operators on Saturday.

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