Stepping into a New Era of Digitalization India has recently turned to digital payments because of the government’s decision to demonetize currency. While the move hasn’t been so profitable, in 2020, the pandemic with the name of COVID-19 has spread its shadow across the world including India forcing people to stay in homes and avoiding all kinds of social gatherings including studying in a classroom full of students.
How Online learning platforms changing the future of Indian Education?
While Indians haven’t been so affectionate towards the idea of online learning, the situation caused many of us to explore all the available alternatives. The solution which was so dear to the tier-1 cities has now entered the realms of tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
Online education was and still is thought to be impossible or a fraud just like online shopping stores where you can get anything you order delivered to your home. The sector took a long time to establish itself and now it is one of the largest and booming sectors in the country making its way into slightly remote villages.
The majority of Indians still hold the idea that online is an unrealistic idea that doesn’t hold many possibilities. This is one along the long chain of ideas that we held towards everything new and is as usual out of a common mind’s reach.
The idea is rejected just because of our amaurotic belief in the traditional education system which wasn’t perfect in the first place. And as an idea that has come before, this too is gaining a reputation and is injecting itself into the economy.
Indian education system relies on a conventional teaching system that just allows teachers to teach a certain way and forces students to learn even if there is nothing of interest. The system doesn’t go by the mind of a child but is built upon the idea of creating a large number of individuals with basic skills like reading and writing.
While the intelligent pupils go on to gain an understanding of the subjects and make their ways through the best colleges in the country, the average minds take the certificates and settle for menial jobs.
The system is broken but it has worked so far and like any other group that just requires the system to work with or without progress we are satisfied with it. Besides the international schools that develop the thinking skills of the individuals and the CBSE schools that cover a large curriculum, there has been no real progress in the sector of education in the past years until the online education platforms entered the scene.
Call it a prerequisite to indulge a child for a while or the desire to bring forth a revolutionary change, Online education platforms came up with non-conventional methods of learning.
The old “limited diagrams from a textbook and wholly theoretical teaching of subjects” method was thrown out of the window. EdTech companies brought the most versatile methods of teaching and made use of technology to the most.
The platforms inculcated live interactive teaching systems, 24×7 doubt clarification solutions, alongside the most exciting teaching methods like the usage of graphic content to explain subjects, videos to make them more interesting, etc.
Online education organizations brought forth the idea that learning can be made fun and with the right type of teaching any child can stay interested. This is something traditional education system has always ignored and the biggest reasons for their failures.
Since the idea that a child can indeed sit and learn even when no teacher is disciplining them or a classroom to make them concentrate has made it into the minds of parents, most of them have turned to education platforms.
But this was the case of top tier cities with unlimited power and great internet connection speeds. The tier-2 cities that still have these facilities have been reluctant to the idea due to the lack of educated peers that can explain the benefits.
The pandemic has compelled this population to look at the alternatives and now top education websites like Byju’s, Vedantu, Yupp Master, etc. have made their way into them. It might take a while but there is a high chance that the platforms will penetrate the villages and offer first-class education through the internet providing enthusiastic poor kids a quality education that they otherwise could never gain.
This is going to be revolutionary since we all are aware of the lack of education in India has kept it a growing economy for the past many decades. And if the sector stays on the growth path the way it is now, traditional schools will be obliged to dust off their ancient ways of teaching and make learning exciting and fun, making more kids interested, thereby making India Great.