Schoolgirl Takes Online Classes Sitting By A Graveyard Because of Poor Internet Connectivity
This 15-year old schoolgirl hs to take her online classes sitting in front of a graveyard because her isolated house has no broadband connection.
Carmelita Rael is forced to take her online classes after face to face teaching disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. And unfortunately, the only place where she gets better signals is sitting outside a local cemetery where she uses a hotspot from her phone. Her house is located in a rural place where a broadband connection is intermittent.
Speaking to US news site, KDVR, Carmelita said: "I'm lucky if I can get through the whole day without having any problems with my Zoom. It's been hard."
Because of the pandemic, Carmelita's only source of education is through online platform only and she would be lucky if she gets through the day without any disruption of her connection. Her family lives on a ranch surrounded by hills, meaning she can't get fiber-optic or normal broadband. The family can barely even get a signal on their mobile phones.
Her mum, Kimba Rael, is actually the principal of Carmelita's school, and she did sign up for specialist satellite internet.
When the weather is not favorable and the signal drops out and she's left with no access to her lessons, meaning her only option is to head back to the graveyard, which has clear access to nearby phone towers.
Kimba told the news outlet: "Right now, we have the dish on the side of the house, but if the clouds become too heavy, then you have no access.
"If the wind is blowing too strong, and its shaking, you don't have any access."
The Centennial School District Superintendent Toby Melster, who looks after the area's education, said that it's not just Carmelita who struggles.
Even though many students are given laptops and tablets with help from local authorities, many of the kids are still lacking connectivity, rendering their new devices useless for their learning.
In fact, he claims that one in five of his students can't access the education they are entitled to.
Mr Melster said: "Things are not getting done, and it's not necessarily their fault.
"I know it's causing some frustration, and aggravation, anxiety, not only with the students but with our teachers. I can't say enough about them."
Few tech companies are working on a solution to fix the problem so that students who have had their education interrupted can get a fix to keep up with the rest of their classes.
Four or five large cellphone towers across the district will improve internet access - the only problem is, they cost a whopping $1.5 million (£1.2m).