Whether the curriculum is modified to address the education deficit, the combination of digital technology in education, or to maximize learning outcomes, schools around the world are facing an escalating battle.
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Schools can and certainly do rebuild classrooms, but what role will EdTech play in making the vision a reality and how to better equip the next generation of India for what may be in the future? This was the topic of panel discussion presented by LEAD-School EdTech – ET Now in partnership with India to address key education issues where some of the best experts on the subject participated.
Talking about some of the leading challenges in education, Sumit Mehta, co-founder and CEO, LEAD, said that India has a pair of challenges both in breadth and depth. “Good quality education is not available to all students. If you live in the metro, you have access to good education, but if you are born into a low-income family in a small town, the quality of education that the student has decreases, ”he said.
Mehta explained that if India hopes to be a superpower, then every child needs access to good quality education, which is not happening now. “The second problem is depth. We have defined quality education in a very shallow way and we have brought it down to the academic examination course, ”he added. Success in school exams does not prepare you for success in life.
Although the emergence of four Indian unicorns in the EdTech space has put India on the world map, we cannot expect a transformation in India unless Indian schools themselves go through a transformation.
Shaheen Mistry, CEO, Teach for India and founder of the Akasha Foundation, said the last two years have been extremely difficult for Indian schools. “The purpose of education needs to be reconsidered. In addition to proving employment, education should also aim to make the country and the world a better place to live. When we look at that aspect, we are far behind in our school system, ”he noted.
Mistry said the day someone asks students why they go to school and when they answer that their purpose is to change the world, everything in education will change. “It means changing our curriculum, and the way we evaluate kids. Which means there will be a lot of challenges, but I think it’s possible, “he added.
The Indian education system is above $ 100 billion and School Adtech is a $ 15 billion opportunity.
Radhika Agarwal, Investment Team-Media, E-Commerce and Edutech Bloom Investments explains that the beauty and joy of EdTech investors is that the more products you create, the more biologically the market size will expand.
“Product supply is also creating demand. After Kovid, schools and colleges are also seeing a big change in the way they operate. There are huge opportunities for start-ups to work with schools and colleges. Most of the stakeholders are working on how to bring better technology to improve learning outcomes, ”he said.
According to Agarwal, there is also a lot more focus on early education, so you will find many more products for kids under 10 years old. “It could be a more global product using AI, VR. Using toys that help with education or parents of children who can’t speak English or haven’t grown up to speak English, how do you bring their kids up to the same level as kids living in a metropolitan city, ”he pointed out. For emerging opportunities.
Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, National Council for Education and Training (NCERT) said the epidemic has acted as a catalyst that has accelerated the process of reaching our destination. “The new education policy is an umbrella concept through which schools can help students who do not have the means or resources to access quality education,” he added.
Major Kumar explained that the new education policy has been formulated keeping all these issues in mind. “Even before the epidemic when the new education policy was first announced, the government sought advice and the recommendations made by all stakeholders were duly considered,” he said.
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