Earlier this year I was prompted with a question on how the transferring to online school would affect those who would not be able to afford or acquire the necessary tools to be successful to be on online school. After some further research I stumbled upon on article written by Vice’s Pallavi Pundir “As Indian Classes Go Online, Those Who Can’t Afford Smartphones Go Without” which tackled the question I had head on. Interestingly enough, the article was on a perspective we don’t really get to often living in such a prestigious country. Many of the people in India are not the wealthiest and the article shows how hard it is for some who are living on bare necessities and how it is hard for those kids to even have the right tools needed to be online. Secondly the article talks not only about the devices needed, such as smartphones, to go online, but also the lack of accessibility to Wi-Fi, which I feel many of us take for granted. The article describes how hard it is for some and what they need to do to gain this access, Pundir writes “In the Tsuruhu village in the northeastern state of Nagaland, as many as 39 school and college students have been trekking three kms to take online exams for the last two weeks.”
With the previous article taken into account, I found a more recent article written by Courtney Tanner of the Salt Lake Tribune “3,000 students haven’t logged on for the first week of school in Salt Lake City”. This article is a more local article and shows that although we are thousands of miles away from India we still suffer from the same conflicts. In NowComment I have annotated the article talking about how it has presented similar affects on the community and answering the question to what if students don’t have the necessary tools to go online.