These steps of the government will improve the curriculum and structure of the existing education system
Employment News-As India moves towards achieving a GDP of $5 trillion in this decade, there are challenges that will have to be faced to achieve this goal. Some of the major challenges include improving our education infrastructure, revamping the curriculum and bridging the skill gap.
challenges in education
In this time of COVID, the education ecosystem is grappling with more fundamental challenges such as high dropouts, low attendance in online classes and non-fulfillment of learning objectives, and mental health and undernutrition. However, the government has started a big initiative to improve the education sector. However much still needs to be done. Our education system is still based on the old colonial style of learning. We still follow the 'knowledge' centric style of learning, as opposed to the 'inquiry' centric style of learning.
Both the curriculum and the structure model have room for complete redesigns based on current learning. Unfortunately, our basic education is poorly structured. Most of our students, especially those studying in rural areas, are challenged by technology and only a few of them have access to the internet and the modern tools required for learning. As a result, attendance is low, children drop out.
Most of the schools do not even have modern teaching materials or modern well designed buildings. Most of our teacher fraternity is still to be assimilated with modern technology tools for training the students in school and home environment.
redesign of curriculum
The attitude in this requires a shift from the current teacher-led pedagogy model to a student-centred, self-directed learning heterozygous model. Involving the student in the design phase will make a big difference in the way learners learn. Skill based education should be made a part of the curriculum. Skilling should be started at a very early stage in a student's life so that he is skilled enough by the time he leaves school.
improve the quality of teachers
Teachers are most important in the education sector; So they should be given best-in-class training. They need to be trained in such a way that they are able to bring sympathy and love among the students and that is reflected in their behaviour. Our teachers also need to be trained to use technology in classrooms as well as online. Teachers especially belonging to small towns and rural areas need to be trained in all aspects of modern teaching methods. As an approach, teachers need to be motivated to be great helpers and who can collect all the necessary resources for the learner and leave it to the learner to learn in the most appropriate way.
Bringing in more technological tools in education delivery
Schools should encourage technology based tools in the field of education because this is where their future lies. Students should be taught about technology from the early years of their education so that they are comfortable using it as they grow in life. The concept of smart school needs to be publicized, especially in government owned schools and rural areas. Rich or poor every student should use modern technology. Of course, this will require huge investment, but it is a small price to pay for building a smart nation. Learning needs to include the use of handheld devices as part of anytime, anywhere learning.
At this point of time, the marks scored is an important factor in deciding the future of the children and it remains a burden, especially for the weaker students, which often leads to dropouts. It needs to be changed. Instead of focusing on assessment on time bound examination, the focus should be on student participation in projects, communication, leadership skills and extra-curricular activities.
improving education infrastructure
India needs to do more work on building its education infrastructure. There is a need for huge investment in the construction of modern schools in remote towns and villages. Good quality education should be within easy reach of every child. Every school should be equipped with modern teaching aids and strong internet bandwidth. The concept of 'smart class' needs to be promoted widely. The idea is that every school provides the same standard and quality of education across the country.
improve mental health
There is a need to provide more fundamental areas like providing support to the students to deal with the current stressful times in a structured mode. The government needs to intervene and announce policies to ensure that no school student is deprived of proper nutrition, while ensuring that students are provided 24×7 counseling on various mental health issues. There should be no shortage of experts.