Cybersecurity to be included in new school curriculum, says education minister – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cybersecurity and the effective use of information technology in the academic and administrative sectors will be included in the new school curriculum, General Education Minister V Sivankutty said on Saturday. The minister was inaugurating state-level cybersecurity training for three lakh mothers through Little Kites units in high schools.

Under the government’s 100-day plan, the training was initially meant to cover two lakh mothers. It was later raised to 3 lakh. The Minister said that given the correct response to this, one million children and mothers will be trained this year. The training program in Thiruvananthapuram district was inaugurated at St Philomena’s Girls HS, Poonthura.

The training will take place in five 3-hour sessions in different groups of 30 students through Little Kites units in approximately 2,000 high schools across the state through May 20. Each school currently trains at least 150 mothers.

Sessions on learning the new world, preventing cyberattacks, cybersecurity, spotting fake news and finding facts are mostly conducted by student members of Little Kites. The minister also released a cybersecurity handbook for mothers. Women’s Commission Chairperson P Sathi Devi, ADGP Manoj Abraham, General Education Department Director K Jeevan Babu and KITE CEO K Anwar Sadath also attended the occasion. Live video conferences were also held at training centers in 14 districts.

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