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Digitization of Education System in India Good or Bad?

Digitization of Education System in India Good or Bad?


Indian education system was being administered on same platform for many years; and a new system introduction was required to make competing environment for the Indian students against best global education systems. Some minor changes were being made at private schools which were able to afford and implement technology to it. Many government institutes were lacking in innovative learning process and infrastructure. Then we had a massive hit in the month of March 2020 due to covid-19 (Chinese flu) pandemic. It completely shattered our system which took almost months to restart its operations.



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As no one was ready for this, many students and some education institutes had to suffer. Problems identified at that moment were mainly ‘internet connectivity in education institutes, lack of infrastructure to conduct Video lectures from institutes, internet connectivity in villages, availability of device with students” and many more such issues were identified. This gave rise to develop and introduce a new education system in the nation to continue the learning process of students across various streams.


Installation of Infrastructure


As schools premises were closed till undisclosed date, education institutes were asked and encouraged to conduct lectures and short exams online by the government. As no institute had any plan for this many startups came forward with their products and services which were able to bridge the gap between students and teachers. Online platforms such as Zoom, Google classrooms, Microsoft Teams, etc., took lead and provided some solutions to keep the learning process on.


It was getting descent amount of response from parents and students as it was a new way of learning for many. Initially, teachers too faced some technical issues as no software system was prepared to host such a huge mass of population in education field. It did perform well in the beginning but, got some bad reviews as well due to inefficiency and many more such response from teachers, students as well as parents.


Let’s find out the Good and Bad side of it:


The Good Side


Online education allows learners to gain knowledge from any remote place whichever in they are comfortable. To be precise “learning at your ease”. With the emergence of Covid-19 pandemic in India, online education skyrocketed down the level to schools and colleges. Teachers and professors were able to conduct lectures from their home.


When asked about their experience with online teaching and learning, some students responded “the online option is better at in this pandemic situation, as it saves time, energy and money for commute”. Even it allows learning from multiple platforms at just one click from laptop, desktop or mobile phones. This probably indicates that students were finding it easier to learn and get educated with your convenience at home.


Even some teaching faculties were responding to it in positive manner as they were able to conduct lectures and deliver the knowledge without travelling in busy transport service or roads.


The Bad Side


Using internet to teach was completely new for those educators who use to teach in class, as they were doing this for several years. Less exposed to technology put them in a stressful situation as they were forced to learn the technology in short span and deliver their knowledge. A sudden expectation from them to upgrade, and from students to adapt was unfair.


Teachers get to know whether the topic taught by them is understood by them or not through body language, facial expression, which are important clues for them. This was difficult for them to identify through online class. I had an opportunity to have a conversation about this issue with multiple teachers from different institutes. They had one common statement “it was quite difficult to conduct lectures at times when there were internet connectivity issues”.


Final Thoughts


Online education opens up number of possibilities for students and teachers to learn and educate. But, it is only possible when it gets into a proper infrastructure. Inequality in the socio-economic factor also plays an important role, as it creates a gap in society.


It is now, a collective responsibility of policy makers, business tycoons, and the general public to create an eco-system where everyone gets an opportunity to learn from good educators.


- by Parag Ahire