A Chennai school has provided free tablets to 120 students of class 9th to 12th. This was done with the aim to bridge the digital divide. Now the students won’t miss their classes. The Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School teaches underprivileged children for free of cost. It even gives them all the necessary supplies including uniforms.

Thaslin Parvin and Victoria, Class 12 students, who have missed classes for two months, now have tablets to study. While Parvin’s father irons clothes, Victoria’s mother is a domestic help.

“I only have my father’s phone. It has no network. It has many issues. This is so useful,” Parvin told NDTV.

“This is very useful. Earlier I used my brother’s phone but couldn’t use it after he resumed his job.” Victoria joined in.

The Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School is run by the Theosophical Society. The school raised Rs 16 lakh for the noble cause. Asha for Education, a US-based NGO, said they helped with 100 tablets while Rotary Club of Chennai Mitra contributed with laptops for teachers.

Two techies, Rahul Shankar and Sandeep Rajarajan, helped the school sign a beneficial deal with the smartphone manufacturer. They also made sure that the school gets free software – G Suite – from Google.

Students will return the tablet at the end of the academic year so that it can be given to the next batch. The school now aims to provide tablets to all the students of class eight and nine.