5 Ways Education Has Changed In India

19 January 2022
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The emergence of blended learning, online classes, experiential learning, and more has changed the face of modern education in India. Before the pandemic, there was tech-based learning, however, it was not as pervasive as it has become post-Covid. Through hybrid methods of learning, we have built a reliance on blended education tools, navigated through various methods of teaching, and learned new forms of classroom training in the face of this global crisis. Education in India went through a much-needed change in terms of tech-sophistication, gamification, and modernizing of learning. Before Covid, digital learning was a minor part of classroom teaching and the focus was still on textbook and classwork training, but the pandemic has taught us how digital learning can be flexible and used efficiently to adjust with any kind of learning mode. While there’s always scope for improvement, overall when we see the kind of changes brought to the education system in India , these changes are worth mentioning -

  • One positive change in the education system in India is that students were able to pace themselves in terms of learning and assimilating concepts. With Covid derailing deadlines and interfering with exam schedules, students got more time to be comfortable with the new topics taught to them in school. If it were normal times, most students would not be learning for new knowledge but learning to score well on tests. Through the online mode of learning and the reduced pressure of recurring tests, students actually got the time to process the concepts taught to them during class and become comfortable with them.

  • Education in India finally profited from the digital wave seen all around the world. It was not only an educative process for students but also teachers as they got familiar with digital forms of teaching. In a tech-dependent future, students will have to depend on their laptops than their notebooks for day-to-day jobs, and online schooling taught them just that. Teachers needed to be more comfortable with online resources, online assessments, and supplying new methods of teaching apart from the classic classroom method and the pandemic posed a unique situation that taught them exactly that.

  • Going beyond the syllabus is definitely a change that could be seen in the education system in India. Since teachers had only the web to depend on for the most part of the last 2 years, their focus was to make the most of the resources at hand to help their students grasp fundamental concepts. This is especially true for primary education in India where young children are taught the fundamentals of counting and words through engaging graphics and videos. Education was provided to them in a medium that children of this generation are increasingly more comfortable with. Learning become more interactive and fun, a huge step from the paper-pencil method which was previously used.

  • Experiential learning was given an upper hand this year. A massive jump from the normal curriculum, this year in online schooling saw a fresh focus on experiential learning especially when it comes to secondary education in India. Due to board exams being cancelled and normal methods of testing being extremely limited in the efficacy of assessment, more focus was put on projects and experiential learning to test the student’s clarity of concepts. Students were given more freedom to explore their subject, understand applications of concepts, and actually understand mechanisms behind certain functions that they would have otherwise memorized for a test. A great example is that some primary schools actually encouraged their students to grow small potted plants and care for them to better understand the concept of photosynthesis and plant biology.

  • Mental health got its deserved spotlight this year. For years, mental health was a taboo topic even in school and was brushed aside and dealt with rather sparingly in school settings. But a pandemic radically changed our mindset towards mental health. For kids, the pandemic has been especially hard as it drastically cut down on essential learning and socializing years with other children. This is the age they make friendships, explore the world, and learn- however all of this was brought to a halt with the pandemic. This helped reinforce the importance of mental health in schools. Teachers treated this topic with great levels of importance and many schools held seminars and sessions with students highlighting self-care techniques and positive mental health practices to do at home to help keep their anxiety at bay. This is truly a positive way forward for the conversation around mental health in children and adolescents.

We’re grateful to our staff for always being mindful and cognizant of the difficulties the students may be facing. While it sure hasn’t been easy for anyone, we’re thankful for the efforts put by the teachers and students alike to change with times. To get your child enrolled in our school, click here.

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