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Indian Education is Plagued by Rote Learning Rather Than Focus on In-depth Understanding of the Subject

With an aim to be a school with global standards and facilities, yet retaining all that is beneficial of the Indian ethos, Suncity International, empower children with the skills to succeed in a global environment with its technological and modern approach

Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity World School talks with Education Technology on changing scenario of the education system in India…

Please tell us something about Suncity International School. Its concept and uniqueness.

Suncity World School is a premier school based out of Gurgaon. Offering both Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Cambridge International Examination (CIE), the school encourages students to develop self-discipline, creativity, independence of thought and tenacity of purpose besides motivating them to excel in academics.

What are the new situations and corresponding problems Indian education societies face nowadays.

Half the country does not even have access to proper education, and only a small fraction can go to university. Indian education is plagued by rote learning rather than focus on in-depth understanding of the subject and proper analysis. Only four Indian universities feature in top 400 due to high teacher-student ratio and inadequate research capacity.  Quality education is a need of the hour.

Under new situations and challenges, what relationships should schools pay more attention to in the process of innovative development?

Schools should strive to promote inter-community and inter-cultural harmony and bridge the gap between the present and older generation. Also, the schools should adopt innovative methods to make education stress-free and interactive for students.

Do you think India has adequate technology usage and adoption in the education sector? What more can be done in your opinion?

India, being the second most populous country and having a large number of internet users, is the fastest growing market for technology adoption in the education sector.  Evidence suggests that educational technologies can improve student achievement, so long as such tools are integrated thoughtfully into teaching and learning. Technology can give teachers and students great resources, new opportunities for learning, ways to collaborate and create, and save money. Technology is thus a very powerful tool for education.

The transformation from classroom learning and tuition to non-traditional online learning aids is not easy. What challenges did you face?

While shifting to non-traditional online learning, one is bound to encounter certain challenges. One of the major challenges is bridging the digital divide. There are also concerns over data security and privacy.

What technology initiatives do you see gaining maximum ground for K-12 schools?

K-12 schools are increasingly switching to smart and online classes. There will be a significant shift in the e-learning market at the global level in future. Disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence will change the way students learn. Innovations like Study Assistants will make personalized learning fun. Besides, Big Data will provide creators and teachers insights into students’ performance and achievements. This will help them in creating learning modules tailored to individual needs. This personalization will also make way for microlearning. It refers to a bite-sized learning module designed to meet specific learning goals, especially in case of students with shorter attention spans.

Do you think eLearning can help in educational progress in a vast country like India?

e-Learning holds immense potential for a country like India which is a home to a large number of netizens. E-learning can play a great role in ensuring access to universal education and bridging the gap between haves and have-nots. E-learning is an affordable (and often free) solution which provides the learners with the ability to fit learning around their lifestyles, effectively allowing even the busiest person to further a career and gain new qualifications. It can offer a viable alternative to traditional learning,that is much faster, cheaper and potentially better.

 

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