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Rs 15 crore IT devices to be donated to schools across the state | Goa News

Panaji: The government and aided schools across the state will receive free computing devices during the current school year, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday. Sawant said the state will spend Rs 15 crore on the scheme, known as CM-Coding and Robotics Education in Schools Scheme or CM-CARES.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the tender for the CM CARES program has already been launched and the work order could be awarded in a fortnight. He was speaking at the launch of the Class VII Regular Program Teacher’s Manual.
“The government will soon provide IT devices to all schools in Goa under the CARES program this year by spending Rs 15 crore. This will help students practically acquire coding and robotics skills,” Sawant said.
Sawant said he hopes computing devices and classes in coding and robotics will help students learn problem-solving skills and also improve their performance in math and science.
According to the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 report, students in Goa in Grades III, V, VIII and X continue to be significantly below the national average in mathematics.
“My government is serious about improving these falling standards of our students. This introduced coding program for children will develop problem solving skills in Goan children and critical thinking skills which will have a direct impact on improving math and science,” he said .
He also announced that the state government intends to set up virtual classrooms in every school after securing funds from the Center. “We have requested funds from the central government. As soon as sanction arrives, one of the best teachers can practically teach every student in the state,” he said. Sawant also said that the directorate of education is working on a Vidhya Samiksha Kendra to track students from Class I to Class XII to monitor what they are taught and their grades. “It is for the government as well as for the assisted schools.

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