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How the pandemic changed the face of education in India

There is no doubt about how the pandemic has upended economies and livelihoods on a world scale. As the invisible wave unleashed its potential, it created massive changes in the educational sector all over the world. As schools were forced to shut down for an indefinite period, educators were forced to rethink and restrategize their teaching and learning methods.

In India, as the government eased down on the lockdown restrictions, schools across the country scrambled to make up for the loss of time. The one-size-fits-all approach to school education that had been in place for decades has undergone a massive transformation and is expected to last for many more years to come.

Possible outcomes for the education sector in the post Covid period

The transformative approach to K-12 education has been in the pipeline for a long time, and the pandemic unexpectedly hastened the process that would’ve taken years to be implemented. But online lessons at home means that the current generation will be robbed of a very vital phase of their lives. The school environment is not something that can be recreated at home. Thus, K-12 education goes far beyond the realms of online education.

As the lockdown eases and your child’s CBSE school reopens with a staggered approach, now is the best time to take stock of the current and future possibilities of education.

 

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  • Home-support will become a vital aspect of school, education. Children will probably spend more time learning from their home environment rather than schools.
  • The current generation of children will face a world that is dominated by digital technology, thus increasing the necessity to hone relative skills.
  • Education will be more enriching and flexible and “Rethinking” will be the new norm.
  • Data-based technology will transform many approaches and cultures in schools.
  • Teachers can augment their methodologies with teaching tools.
  • Learning tools will create a less intrusive environment for children, making it easier to understand concepts without the intervention of teachers.
  • Teachers will be supported and empowered by smart technology that allows them to track the progress of each student.

Bringing technology into every single school in India: Is it a possibility?

If anything, the pandemic has underlined the need for technology in schools. In a vast country like India, where a school itself is a luxury in remote, underdeveloped areas, technology in schools is more like a dream. The present government and every other government that holds power hereafter will be faced with the mammoth task of providing digital teaching equipment to schools in every nook and corner of the nation. This is a stark contrast to the schools in cities where institutions are adopting user-friendly learning platforms and apps to impart knowledge on diverse topics through various perspectives and theories.

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Babaji Vidhyashram: Top CBSE school in Chennai

The need for technology is universal, irrespective of what board the school follows. Babaji Vidhyashram, one of the top CBSE schools in Chennai is well-equipped to adapt to the changing needs and challenges of the education system in this pandemic. We endeavour to give the best teaching guidance and mentorship through our state-of-the-art tech facilities.

Advantages of technology in a CBSE school and other school environments

  • Tech-supported teaching methodologies are much more effective than using books and charts.
  • Visually appealing videos with clear sound technology make lessons easier to understand and retain.
  • Imparting technology in education from a very early stage makes the children easily adaptable to more complex technologies when they pursue higher education.
  • Technology prepares the child to face a future that will be largely dominated by the use of smart gadgets.
  • Investing in technology for school education reaps rich, long-term rewards.
  • It also lightens a load of books students have to endure in their school life.

Post-pandemic school education in India: The road ahead

The pandemic has been a learning experience for educators and policymakers. As schools reopen all across India, the central and state governments have issued stringent guidelines and SOPs for all institutions, giving utmost priority to the safety of children. This current scenario will probably be the norm for a long time to come. The efficient steps and strategies taken today will lay the foundation for the Indian school education system to face future crises without prolonged disruption. The pandemic has made us realize that school need not be a rigid, one-way process. It is a welcoming transformation, but only time will tell us if the present scenario will change or not.

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