Ranchi (India) : Weak internet forces the six teachers at Upgraded Plus Two School in Sohri Khas village to climb trees. It’s a known morning picture to the little students of the school. The teachers gather at the courtyard with a tablet connected to a biometric reader on which they have to record their thumbprints for attendance. The problem is the internet connection is frequently absent. This forces two or three of the teachers to climb a palash tree in the school campus while the students watch. On a good day, they get a weak connection high on the tree’s branches.
In 2017, the Jharkhand government began distributing tablets to schools. The devices were preinstalled with the e-Vidya Vahini app, which records biometric attendance of teachers and also monitors the admission and drop-out rates and other parameters. The school at Sohri Khas, which has 800 students, got the tablet on September 25. The palash tree has been their savior ever since.