As the new academic year began on June 1, students in Kerala switched to virtual system of education, facilitated by special sessions on the internet and KITE Victers education channel run by the state government.
The state government has been taking several measures to reach out to students who are unable to make use of the online classes due to lack or resources. In a move to make these classes easier for tribal children, the educatation department will soon launch online classes in their own dialects, according to reports.
As a starting step, lessons for Class I students, being broadcast on the KITE Victers channel, have been translated into six tribal dialects of Wayanad. The department is looking at enabling classes for tribal children in three districts-Wayanad, Palakkad and Malappuram.
According to reports, the initiative is being headlined by the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) project. District project coordinator in Wayanad, Abdul Azees M told the Times of India that SSK has completed preparation of online lessons for Class 1 in Paniya, Adiya, Kattunayikka, Kurichiya, Oorali and Kuruma dialects.
The department has also roped in tribal mentors and volunteer teachers for the project.