Chhattisgarh

Porn clips and pics on school tablets in Chhattisgarh; state govt’s Shalakosh project under scanner

Under the Shalakosh project, the HRD ministry had distributed 51,000 tablets to the schools in Chhattisgarh to boost teaching and administrative facilities

The Hush Post: In an embarrassing situation, which takes place daily in the government schools of Chhattisgarh, the tablets that were provided by the HRD Ministry to the educational institutions are showing pornographic photos.

The tablets had been given by the state government to the schools in September last year to streamline the attendance of the school students and the staff members. The HRD ministry had provided 51,000 tablets to the government schools under a project Shalakosh which aims to improve the teaching and administrative facilities, a report said.

The attendance is noted when a teacher places his or her thumb on the screen and an inbuilt scanner records the attendance. But, the tablets have got infected by a virus, when one of the principals reportedly clicked on spam or a porn site. Resultantly, a pornographic photo is displayed on the landing screen of the tablet each time the tablet is switched on.

“Women colleagues don’t even want to look at it, far less give their thumbprint,” a teacher was quoted by The Times of India in the report.

“This is too embarrassing. That too at a place where children can come in contact with these devices. Perhaps, the government can reconsider the use of tablets for biometric attendance,” a member of the state teachers’ association was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, officials of Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), reportedly said that they are trying to address the issue as soon as possible.

“Over 270 cases have already been resolved. IT experts will be ready to use without hassle in a day or two,” project head of Shalakosh Nilesh Soni was quoted in the report.

“It’s clear that someone clicked on spam that had porn pictures. Very often, such content gets installed in the operating system or hard disk,” Soni explained.

“Also, when free apps are downloaded, they come along with such spams in the form of ads. Even if you delete the content, part of it remains,” Soni was further quoted. He added that teachers will also be trained to delete cookies and reset the device in case of such incidents.

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