New Delhi: Even as computer-assisted learning, automated lessons, virtual lectures and e-textbooks are increasingly making inroads into classrooms across the country, a government committee has now said there should be no computers for primary classes. Computers, it is recommended, should enter classrooms not earlier than the upper-primary stage of schooling.
Concerned over young children “staring at computer screens and wielding the keyboard or mouse” even though their motor skills may be underdeveloped, the committee has said that it would be “inappropriate” to introduce younger children to computer literacy. Research studies back this, says the committee report.
The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), the apex education body, will take up the report at its April 23 meeting. A sub-panel of CABE, the committee had been set up under Anshu Vaish, the Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, HRD Ministry.