As per a latest report, the honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has extended the lockdown further up to 3rd May, 2020. Prime Minister, while delivering his talk has shown his deepest concern on the ongoing crisis. Coronavirus has almost ruptured the global economy and has struck hard the Indian education system.
Primary Education is one amongst the fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution which the government needs to preserve even at the time of adversity. If the government fails to do so, it would act as a setback to the ongoing education system. Under the ambit of 86th constitutional amendment act, 2002 & Article- 21A government should preserve ‘Right to free & compulsory Education for every child below the age of 14 years’ as one of the basic amenities amid lockdown. With the increase in disease, state governments are closing down educational institutions as a precautionary measure, resulting in a widespread disruption in studies. To cater the need, government agencies has to approach Ed-Tech companies which can definitely be helpful in assisting the task. Educational institutions around the world are shifting towards online learning with the help of Ed-tech institutions. Many countries like Australia & USA has already adopted the model in the wake of coronavirus crisis. It would of course be a challenge for India, where a huge bunch of rural population is still lacking the primary infrastructure to support such online learning.
Government should have to come actively upon this. Even without the alarm bells ringing, Ed-Tech is an idea whose time has come. An Ed-tech revolution has already reached India but only in bits and fragments. It needs to be sharpened now, to reap the favourable outcomes. With high regulation and the increasing infrastructure costs associated with offline learning, primary kindergarten to grade 12 (K- 12) educators will need to be motivated to give ed-tech its due credit and will slowly start complementing it with pure play K-12 curriculum. This will help the teachers to design pedagogies that will serve as the personalised & heterogenous classrooms. Smaller screens and enhanced focus on regional languages will help ed-tech giants to reach India’s hinterlands. Accessibility of smartphones and cheap cellular data would be the responsibility of government as without these physical aids this dream would never turn into reality.
In the past decade many Ed-Tech companies have emerged as giants in India. They have captured a significant market by unleashing their tremendous potential. Ed-tech companies like Unacademy, Byjus, Gradup, Coursera and many more may collaborate with Indian Institutes to suffice the ongoing concern. Government should act as a bridging authority in between. In the light of these trends, we believe that the next growth cycle in education sector will unleash 4 E’s: Ed-tech, Edu-content, E- learning and Entrepreneurship.