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Multimedia classroom prospect bleak

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A Correspondent
Pirojpur: Uncertainty looms over successful implementation of the government’s multimedia classroom project in Pirojpur for various reasons, including shortage of skilled teachers and frequent load shedding.
A strong initiative towards digitalization of the education sector in the secondary and higher secondary levels, the scheme was taken up with an aim to make teaching-learning more effectual in the classrooms.
Sources said students in the district face acute problems while attending digital classes due to lack of educational equipment, including laptop and tripod and inoperative projectors, apart from frequent power outage and shortage of skilled teachers.
Keeping pace with the modern globe, the government has taken different steps so far since 2011 to introduce technology-based digitized education system.
As part of the program, digital education equipment, including laptops, tripods and projectors, were distributed in the local schools, colleges and madrasahs.
The district has a total of 345 educational institutions, including 209 secondary schools, 100 madrasahs and 36 colleges.
One teacher out of each of these institutions was trained up to operate multimedia projector.
At first, the teachers amid great enthusiasm continued taking classes with projectors but as the days passed by they grew bored giving lessons in the digital way due to inadequate power supply and frequent load shedding, leaving laptops and projectors frequently out of order.
During a recent visit, students at some schools expressed their disappointment over the matter.
Satindranath Dhali, headmaster of Jujkhola United ML High School in Sadar upazila, said despite receiving multimedia projector along with other accessories early this year, they failed to take any classes under the project due to intermittent power supply.
Ashok Kumar Samaddar, headmaster of Digha ML High School in Nazirpur upazila, echoing the same, said they took classes in their laboratory.
Besides, classes in Ikri Union Secondary School in Bhandaria upazila have remained suspended for 5/6 months for want of laptops.
Majibur Rahman, headmaster of Dhaowa Rajpasha High School in Bhandaria, said they have failed to take their classes under the multimedia project due to lack of projector for few months while the classes at Darus Sunnat Senior Madrasah in Kaukhali upazila has remained halted for nearly one year for inadequate skilled teachers and laptop unavailability.
Rezaul Karim, a computer teacher at Uribunia High School in Nesarabad uapzila, said classes under multimedia project have remained stopped in their institution since 2013 as the projector was stolen.
After visiting some schools, this correspondent came to know that in reality only 2/1 classes are held in a week while the education officials asked the teachers concerned to take six classes a day under the multimedia project.
When connected, director of HSTTI of Barisal division Mohammad Shah Alam expressing his ignorance about the matter said that he had recently joined here upon new posting.
The teachers should more responsibly handle the digital equipment provided by the government, he observed.