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Edumate Webinar: Challenges faced by the Education Sector

In conversation with Chetan Sharma, Founder, Edumate.tv on Challenges faced by the Education Sector

We are paying full attention to girls education and trying toovercome the challenges faced by  them in all fields.

“We are paying full attention to girls education and trying to overcome the challenges faced by them in all fields. The school’s view was altered by the lockdown. With schools closed for months, e-learning rose to prominence all over the globe. Students have been the driving force behind this effort, even in developed countries. Teachers jumped on board with the new craze, wanting to get back into the classroom as soon as possible. Schools and teachers have been obliged to change their teaching methods in order to accommodate e-learning. Many teachers and schools were hesitant to embrace technology. The new crisis has brought us to the crux of the matter. How will India’s complicated educational system react to the new situation? Avoiding the question is pointless because students are more interested than ever before. In the last two months, ed-tech companies have seen a 10-fold increase in trial or free coaching registrations. The benefits of technology will be acquired by a section of teachers and students who can adapt and afford it in the absence of a detailed action plan for the complex Indian school education system, which is split by various boards of unequal standards and the benefits of technology will be acquired by a section of teachers and students who can adapt and afford it.” Dr. Pradeep Singh Cheema, Professor(Dean), Eternal University

Only a few educational technology companies offer vernacular content

“Even the girls from very backward and interior parts of India had come to the teaching program. This means that the exposure has increased which is a good sign. In both urban and rural schools, there is a significant digital divide. According to a recent survey, more than 75 percent of students were affected by the lockdown because they found it difficult to study online; more than 80 percent of students said they needed help transitioning from offline to online; and more than 25 percent said they needed proper training to seek education via online. Bharat Net is a high-speed broadband network that connects all of India’s towns. A portion of the project linking North-East India’s remote areas has already been completed. As a result, ensuring digital connectivity may be simpler. There are more challenges and issues to address. Because of the readily available tools and content, English medium students and teachers find it easier to adapt to online education. The situation is the polar opposite of the Indian school system, where vernacular languages predominate. Only a few educational technology companies offer vernacular content.” Ms. Sudha Mahajan, Principal, Cambridge International School, Kullu

To get proper jobs it is very essential for us to provide the students with essential skills.

“To get proper jobs it is very essential for us to provide the students with essential skills. Exchange programmes, internships, conference participation, and other opportunities for student mobility and practical exposure may be unavailable for some time. To drive learning, study, and teaching, new forms of collaboration and alternative paradigms are required. In these trying times, knowledge sharing between institutions around the world through joint-teaching, virtual guest lectures, and other methods may provide students with a more global perspective. When it comes to Online Education or E-Learning, the rural population lacks basic amenities such as high-speed internet, reliable power, and electronic devices. Although there have been advancements in basic infrastructure, many rural areas in India continue to face challenges in making education fully digital or online.” Dr. Nisha Thakur, Assistant Professor, Eternal University

Students are inquisitive and hence they constantly wanna learn new things, I have seen students coming from the remotest areas coming to learn new skills

” Students are inquisitive and hence they constantly wanna learn new things, I have seen students coming from the remotest areas coming to learn new skills. When considering the domain of digital learning, it is critical to consider whether each student has access to the appropriate devices for accessing digital content. In rural India, few people have access to personal laptops or computers, and phone screens are not conducive to long periods of learning. Furthermore, data packs and their associated costs can be a significant deterrent for both teachers and students, particularly in live classes. Many students either don’t have personal laptops or only have them for a short period of time. As a result, learning is restricted due to the scarcity of technical devices. While Smart Classrooms and Digital Learning have established themselves in urban educational settings, some rural countries continue to use traditional teaching methods. As a result, making the transition from traditional to digital pedagogical methods will take time. Teachers and students alike need proper training and more user-friendly platforms to become familiar with digital technology and feel confident teaching and learning with it.” Mrs. Gurpreet Mathur, Director, Principal, Gurukul International Sr. Sec. School, Solan

If a woman is educated, she further more educates two and three families.

“If a woman is educated, she further more educates two and three families. Through programmes like DIKSHA and eVidya, the government has also promoted digital learning. Students from lower-income families or those who live in rural areas without access to a mobile network, on the other hand, were left behind due to the high cost of digital devices, data plans, and network connectivity. As a result of all of this, the digital divide has widened. State governments have stepped in to fill the gap for children in government schools by creating apps, sharing content through WhatsApp groups, and broadcasting content on radio, Doordarshan, and other regional television channels. It may be more effective to use asynchronous learning methods such as pre-recorded video lessons or a game-based learning task rather than relying on live classes. Aside from that, more content in regional languages would bring about a slew of developments in terms of bridging the divide.” Dr. Boparai, Dean Academics & Director Admission, Eternal University

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