The Indian education sector has been in a mess since the colonial times. The concern against Macaulay education is justifiable but our immediate resolve should be to break the monotony of rote learning, lack of subject diversity, and bringing in real-world applicable education.
There are only a handful of educationists who want a coup against the decaying education norms. Thankfully, these educationists have a number of entrepreneurs on their side, who are bringing technology into the equation. “It’s the perfect weapon against rote learning and inefficient teaching techniques,” says an edutech entrepreneur. These companies are revolutionizing classrooms with interactive boards and AI assistants.
Early edutech company like Educomp Shantanu Prakash worked on digitizing schools in the city and establishing computer education as a subject. Mindler and Aspiring Minds-like startups are bringing in career counselling, career planning, psychometric tests, and aptitude analysis as contemporary edutech tools.
There are villages in India that do not have schools. This has to be fixed by raising infrastructure that enables online education. Online degrees can be optimized to the level of normal degrees, effectively removing the distrust people have against online education.
There’s a lot to be done, hence the government should put together a special team to connect remote places that do not have education infrastructure. Initiatives like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana’ can be used as a blueprint on how to spread education technology in the country.
The change is visible in the education sphere. Corporal punishment in a school is now an offence. The stress on children to memorize through repetition has been greatly reduced as they are being explained the mechanism behind certain topics. Still, there’s a long way to go since guardians have to be convinced that the Indian education system is broken.