Just when I was about to give up on education in India, I come across this beacon of hope from... where else... Kerala! Despite my deeply held suspicions about the Communists, when it comes to education, I give full marks to this often left-led state. When many erudite Jekylls and opportunistic Hydes in this country are focussed on frittering away resources on reservations, a legislator from Kerala has shown how access to higher education can be ensured for the lower class as low as Class 1 students.
Kalloopara MLA Joseph M. Puthussery had in February 2005 decided to take up an ambitious project to provide computer literacy to all the 106 government aided schools in his constituency in Pathanamthitta district, about 100 km from the state capital.
He spent Rs.5 million on the project in less than two years, utilising the money from the MLA Area Development Fund. Today, there are 220 computers in all the 82 lower and upper primary schools and 24 high schools in his constituency...
... Every week, three hours of computer classes are held for Class 1 to 7 children. Today, the children have picked up the art of drawing pictures on computers and also gained a fair working knowledge of the computer.
As a life-long educationist, it gives me immense pleasure to start the New Year on a positive note. Go, Joseph!