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Hitesh Karki

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Time to start digital revolution in education

Published On: June 6, 2020 02:30 PM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

According to UNESCO, around 1.5 billion students are out of school in over 165 countries affected by the pandemic. In China, the government is working at an unprecedented scale and speed with private platform providers to continue classes. At least 260 million students from elementary to high school have signed up for on-line platforms during the epidemic. Across the globe, governments have taken initiatives to combat the challenges thrown in by the Covid-19. Japan was one of the first countries to shut down schools from beginning of March affecting around 13 million children. In the first week of April, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh launched 'DigiLep Learning Enhancement Program' to ensure that learning of the students does not get affected while the schools remain shut. It relied heavily on WhatsApp. Countries soon figured a way to keep engaging their children, to minimize the damage done by closure of schools.

Breaking the barriers

Published On: September 1, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

No matter how much we glorify role of ICT in improving education, it cannot happen without larger participation of teachers

Let it succeed

Published On: June 8, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

In 1986, Alfred Spector, president of Transarc Corporation, co-authored a paper comparing bridge building to software development. One of the key takeaways from his paper is while bridges fail, it catches the national headlines. We saw that happening with our own ‘Pappu Construction.’  In the paper, he puts an argument about the difference between software failures and bridge failures.

Teaching with computers

Published On: March 31, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Out of more than 4, 00,000 students appearing for SEE examinations this year, there will be thousands who will be appearing their Computer Science paper. Out of these thousands, there will be a significant sizeable population who will be appearing the subject without having used or even seen computers throughout their school life thus far.

Creating smart schools

Published On: February 12, 2019 02:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

The biggest push to integrate ICT in education in Nepal came in the form of ICT in Education Master Plan 2013-2017.

Why computer education fails

Published On: September 22, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Pratikhsya is interesting in many ways. She’s a ninth grader and below average student in her class. Class toppers are boring—that’s what she feels. Her below-average performance in the class interestingly is outshined by one stand out subject. Computer Studies. Incidentally, she did not choose the subject. Rather her teacher made her choose on the grounds that it was easy subject to score.

Teaching with technology

Published On: May 27, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Many teachers who are currently teaching computer in public schools grew up in an era when computers were virtually non-existent

Bridging the gap

Published On: April 3, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Few machines were not taking passwords and teachers seemed to have no clue as what were the actual passwords

Internet and schools

Published On: March 10, 2018 12:11 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Access to internet is getting easier. It seems pretty long now when internet was first made available by Mercantile Office Systems in mid-July of 1995 when it had Nepal connected via NTC to Singapore Telecom.

Computers in classrooms

Published On: January 24, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

The reasons for unsuccessful yield of IT in country like ours need to be understood in depth and detail.

Technology ain’t enough

Published On: October 14, 2017 12:22 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

This author discovered there were just two Nepali classes on YouTube. The rest were in Hindi.

On ‘computerized’ schools

Published On: September 6, 2017 12:18 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

The threat of importing a harmful virus made teachers so nervous that they stopped using computers.

Computing idiocy

Published On: August 14, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

One of computer teachers confided that whenever he had to do practical classes, he would plug out monitor cable

Bleak future

Published On: April 15, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

We have not been able to adopt specific policies to move towards information technology rich society

Tech troubles

Published On: March 4, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

There is no denying that computers can work magic. But only if there is the right environment to run them

Work in progress

Published On: February 21, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

A clear link between technology and its supposed contribution to education is still hard to establish

Look before you leap

Published On: February 6, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Our past experience suggests that software and IT enabled services, when not implemented right, often turn into liabilities

Not so fast

Published On: January 23, 2017 12:25 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Accessing internet won’t suffice. We also need to tailor content as per the needs of local school children whose medium of learning is Nepali

Useful or wasteful?

Published On: January 9, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

The information stored in SMART licenses won’t be accessible to traffic police without card-readers

Get the basics right

Published On: November 12, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Hitesh Karki

Why haven’t we been able to make much progress in developing IT human capital? Because of apathy