Let’s Get Digital Education

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There is no doubt that education is a large service market and one of the safest investment areas in the country now. Unfortunately, our system and process of teaching is still the same. India’s education budget coupled with huge philanthropic donations both domestic and internationally is not being able to solve our education problem. Approximately 58% of the children who are in a position to access primary education do not make it to the secondary section. Those who do make it are good for nothing. That may sound blunt but it is true that 80% of Indian workforce does not possess identifiable marketable skills.

Education is big business

Tell somebody you are affiliated to the education field and their first reaction is that it is a great place to be and how it is a business where the sun never sets. A safe investment. However, it is changing since it is dynamic. I have been advising all my friends who cared to listen that the normal brick and mortar system will change with time since it is one business product that can go digital easily. Some of the more tech-friendly guys went ahead and installed projectors. However, it is dawning on a lot of educationists now that going digital is whole new ball game altogether.I am thinking philanthropy and I am thinking business. Approximately 58% of the children who are in a position to access primary education do not make it to the secondary section. One obvious reason is money. Another reason being that the lectures are boring. Some schools are early in the morning. I am a night owl myself. Add to that the whole gamut of reasons why the Indian education system doesn’t work. Not because it is bad, but the

I am thinking philanthropy and I am thinking business. Approximately 58% of the children who are in a position to access primary education do not make it to the secondary section. One obvious reason is money. Another reason being that the lectures are boring. Some schools start early in the morning. I am a night owl myself. Add to that the whole gamut of reasons why the Indian education system doesn’t work. Not because it is bad, but the stakeholders cannot implement it correctly (The story of every other system in India).

It is not surprising that a high percentage of the Indian workforce does not possess identifiable marketable skills. The children follow their friends to college or some take some relatives advice. When they do realize that what they are doing is not something they would like to do the rest of their lives, it is already very late. They have to either throw away so much of their lives or carry on what they have been bound to.

It is estimated that over 75% of new jobs will be skill based. The government of India has now brought in skill-based learning system into the curriculum and changed the marking system to a credit based system. It could be a case of too little too late, but at least it is a step ahead.

The biggest hurdle that we have is that the teachers are themselves not qualified to impart education. Step away from the urban scene and rural based teachers do not have the basic skills to teach students basic language let alone science and maths. The need of the hour is to use technology.

Technology as the saviour.

Beaming lectures to rural schools has been talked about a lot and has remained just that, just talk. It is now an old concept although it could still be implemented although the drawback may be that it will increase the pupil-teacher ratio on ground. Although the ratio of teacher and students stands at around 30 students per teacher, we all know that it is just a statistic and we see no less than 70 students per class. Any given teacher will not be able to give students proper guidance as they deserve.

Flip classrooms may be a good solution, but they demand that every student has a tablet or computer at hand. Thankfully smartphones are taking over and increasing reach. Many large IT corporations are trying to implement internet of things and some multinationals like Google and Facebook want to provide internet to those areas of the country where cables and traditional modes of communication have not been able to reach.

We could find a solution to our problems with technology.

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