Current plight of Indian education sector calls for a holistic relook, says Shantanu Prakash

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The Indian education system has been subjected to a lot of scrutinies in the last few years. The pressing need, as always, has been to enhance its scope and efficiency. How do we move the schools from rote-learning to meaningful way of gaining knowledge? The answer, as per educationist and industry pioneers like Shantanu Prakash, Aditya Nataraj, and Byju’s Ravichandran, lies in the holistic relook and revamp of India’s education sector.

The concern was brought into the picture at the recently held sixth Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, where educationists and industry experts emphasized the need for a shift in current policies for meeting the needs of modern learners.

“A relook at the Indian education sector is inevitable, given that the current system was developed in the pre-Independence era for just 5 per cent of the population, and that too for clerical roles, with no room for creativity or promoting social reorganisation,” said Aditya Nataraj, Founder director Kaivalya Education Foundation, a social change organisation working in the field of education.

Mr. Nataraj focused on replacing the system of “monitoring, inspection, and suspension” with the one that “enables, empowers and inspires” students.

The Global Education and Skills Forum saw diverse opinions for propagating robust changes in the country’s education segment. Shaheen Mistri, CEO of a non-profit organization, Teach for India, suggested the inclusion of ‘love’ factor, deeming it central for revolutionizing the sector.

“This includes a five-step approach of creating safe spaces for voices, promoting the spirit of partnership between educators and kids, view children as change-makers, driving regional and national dialogue on equity in education, and encouraging experiments in reimagining education,” Mistri said.

The present system of education has a number of loopholes. “It mainly focuses on incessant memorization with no meaningful learning at all,” says Shantanu Prakash, founder of the digital education firm Educomp Solutions. It makes millions of students the victims of a futile, unrealistic, and monotonous rat race. The plight is well-reflected in the words of Stephen Leacock, the well-known humorist and writer who summed up the education system.

“Parrots would pass the examination of our time better than men. It is the one who has a sharp memory that will make the highest score, though he may clear forget everything just the following morning,” he once said.

Shantanu Prakash deems creativity and innovation as the only panacea to liberate the education system from the tenets of mechanistic and obsolete learning. Fostering the concept of ‘smart learning’, his venture, Educomp Solutions garnered significant success in addressing the pain points in the current education system.

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  1. Hand-in-hand with educational research inherent in all the initiatives, there is a need to research and develop ways to use technology to drive the change we desire. The focus should not be on installing hardware but creating new, high-quality content such as intelligent teaching systems and tools that will help students to hone basic skills like reading and mathematics, and developing content in multiple Indian languages.

    • The increasing influence of technology in education is, thus, offering us a glimpse into a gradually evolving realm of unconstrained learning. Today, if we are able to deliver despite an outmoded education system, imagine what wonders the next generation will accomplish, once it has been trained with advanced pedagogical methods. And since these systems are witnessing increased adoption with every passing year, we won’t have to wait much longer to see the results.

    • This holistic relook is all what the education sectors needs the most. It can surely bring about a positive change in it.

      • Our current education system has many loopholes. We need more entrepreneurs like Shantanu Prakash who can start more innovative ventures like Educomp.

      • Completely agree with Mr Prakash that creativity and innovation are the only panacea to liberate the education system from the tenets of mechanistic and obsolete learning.

  2. very nice article shared by JKP, still the current system is largely based on textbook knowledge and no practical implementation. i would like to appreciate the innovate team.

  3. I don’t think that edtech will prove to be a distraction to the school children at all. Considering its benefits, edtech can surely enhance our current education system.

  4. Well, smart learning solutions by educomp have really helped the students as well as the teachers. I really wish we had such technology enabled learning during our time. Seriously

    • One of the biggest advantages to a smart classroom is access to analytics. Information gathered in schools can be used to personalize learning and cater to an individual student’s needs and abilities.

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