The biggest challenge for students in rural India
According to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, “true education must adapt to circumstances, otherwise it is not a healthy development”. These words continually reflect the need for educational institutions to develop and continue to understand the pressing needs of students by providing them with the necessary facilities. The rapid and flexible transition from whiteboard teaching to online teaching requires learning with the right technology. Digital education is often seen as a possible solution for rural India to fill existing gaps in education. Digital education can reduce the problems associated with delivering quality education, teacher shortages in local schools, high school dropout rates, a lack of innovative teaching methods and a lack of materials.
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also focuses on digital learning as an alternative to traditional classroom models for teacher-student interaction. While digital education offers many benefits, the barriers to turning education into a fully online phenomenon in rural areas remain diverse. The current Covid 19 crisis has a major impact on the digital divide in the country, especially in terms of education with digital accessibility. He also focuses on the challenges that exist in the digital representation of high school education and in rural areas of the country.
Here are some challenges:
Those who are digitally illiterate and do not support infrastructure:
A significant proportion of the rural population has internet bandwidth and knowledge to create digital devices and terminology. Lacking. Another serious problem is related to the lack of support infrastructure such as lack of stable power and high speed internet.
Content consumption increases due to the cost of accessing the right device and using the data. When it comes to digital learning, it’s important to respect the accessibility of the right device so that all learners can enjoy digital content. In rural areas, only a small part of the population has privileged access to laptops and computers. Even students with access to desktops and laptops do not have access to the internet and the process is charged. Also, the phone screen isn’t good enough to study for long. Data plans and their pricing also tend to inhibit teacher and student progress in live lessons. However, telecommunications grants for data learning plans could be an attempt to fill this existing gap.
Insufficient skills:Rural teachers are not skilled enough to manage digital platforms is another important factor affecting the advancement of digital education. Teachersare reluctant to adopt these teaching methods because they lack the necessary training to use digital platforms.
Language barrier: Almost 85% of the population living in India does not speak English. Lack of access to standardized content in Hindi and other regional languages hasdelayedthe continued deployment of online courses.The standardized digital content covering all traditional curricula, from elementaryschool to higher education,looks huge.Choosing high-quality content from open sources increasescosts and requires collaborative government efforts. The program should also be rewrittenusing a blended learning approach.