This was evident during the recently announced CET, where only a few rural students were able to make this cut. Previously, when classes and coaching were conducted offline, rural students performed better, and were even able to secure a secure rank.
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Akash, (name changed), a science student from Belthangadi, had a dream of joining a professional course after scoring well in CET. “Now my dream is shattered because I didn’t get enough marks for admission to an engineering college,” he said. “Our students were able to secure a rank in the 10,000 in the days before the epidemic. However, this year they have achieved a position above ran0,000. The main reasons for this are the shift from offline learning to online, and students in rural areas were harmed by connection problems. Rural students are the most affected, when compared to urban students. He further said that Sulia taluka is the most affected taluka in terms of internet connection and electricity connection.
“Some villages have less than 10 hours of electricity a day. There is no network whenever the power is disconnected. We used to do four hours of online coaching for CET. Students could only attend two-hour classes because of data and connectivity problems, ”he said.
Since many rural students did not write CET or did badly, they opted for other courses including ITI and Diploma. Yusuf, principal of B Muda Government PU College in Bantwal Taluk, said it was not just online classes, but students were facing financial problems. “Many rural students did not register for the competitive exams because their homes were in financial crisis. They couldn’t pay for a seat, even if they got a good position, ”he said.
“Every year we collect data on students participating in the CET, but this year it is not available, as candidates have not informed us about their enrollment,” said the head of an aid college.
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