The Indian educational landscape is fast-changing with technology gripping the nation in an unprecedented fashion. A lifestyle comparison between current times and half a decade ago shows us how the general scheme of things has metamorphosed. Today, as we go on shopping sprees without visiting the nearest mall, have a face-to-face video conversation with a distant friend or even complete bank transactions without ever visiting a branch, we realise that we have undoubtedly travelled a great distance into the realm of technology. The education sector has not remained untouched by this development.
An ultra-modern mixture of education and technology is also coming to the surface.
Academic Challenges Faced By India
Education in India still exhibits significant regional disparities. Observations show us that a majority of Indian educators employ traditional teaching techniques which have, by far and large, failed to meet student requirements; especially in the modern landscape. Despite this evident drawback, the status quo is further affected by the number of teachers allocated to students. The ideal Pupil-Teacher Ratio for schools is 1:30 for primary and 1:35 for upper primary sections.
In reality though, this number is skewed to 1:65 or even 1:70. Not only does this decrease a teacher’s capability to focus individually on students, it also significantly deters a student’s academic progression. Every student has a unique set of requirements. One, who is good with retention, might need a teacher’s help to better their analytical skills; while another, who understand topics easily, might need constant revision.
A student might even require a specific teaching pattern to understand and retain a specific concept better. The sad reality, is that meeting individual student requirements – within a class of even 30 students – is nearly impossible. In addition, every student has to follow the average classroom velocity – which differs considerably from the individual learning capacities of the highest and lowest scoring student. Most regions are also affected by the inconsistent quality of teachers deployed. Students often have to travel a great distance to acquire quality education.
This not only exhausts them considerably, but also poses a security concern for their parents. Students worst affected by this problem, are those living in remote regions. Unlike their urban counterparts, they have access to neither decent schools nor state-of-the-art learning pedagogies. Acquiring the desired study material is also a big challenge in these regions.
Changing The Academic Landscape
To address these problems, new-age digital platforms are using technology to enhance the academic landscape in our country. By leveraging evolved multimedia formats, these platforms are allowing students to grasp academic concepts better.