Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials have said that the future of education lies in addressing the challenge of equity and access as technology brings a turning point in the Indian education system. “The future of education lies in solving the challenge of equity and access. Technology forums or emerging technological fields have caused a turning point in the Indian education system. Accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic , it is up to everyone to see how technology plays out and directs education systems and processes,” the official said, as noted in a PTI report.
Director of Skills and Training, CBSE, Biswajit Saha said, “There is also a need to give impetus to the curriculum development process as we adopt and adapt according to industry requirements. In addition to this, Saha said that to build a state-of-the-art education center in India, within the framework of the 21st century, the private and public sectors must come together and drive the technologically enhanced curriculum. Furthermore, he added, “a technologically enhanced learning ecosystem is needed to shift to an outcome-based approach to assess where and how education is actually delivered to address learning gaps. equity”.
Microsoft India Executive Director Navtez Bal informed that according to World Economic Forum estimates, more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries have been affected due to the pandemic by school closures as reported in a PTI report. “Technology has played a central role in keeping learning going in today’s world and enabling schools, teachers, and students around the world to do more than ever before. At Microsoft, our goal is to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulate the development of essential life skills, and help educators guide and nurture the passions of students,” said the CEO.
Microsoft, which works on the digital transformation of the education ecosystem in India, works with policymakers, schools, teachers and students to transform learning outcomes through technology. The CBSE has also collaborated with the company to recently introduce coding and data science into the school curriculum.
As the pandemic forced everyone to switch to technological tools, Sat Paul Mittal School Principal Bhupinder Gogia shared his perspective and said, “To make learning attractive during the pandemic, we have leveraged technology tools for virtual classrooms and collaboration. The pandemic has taught us to be open to accepting student responses across platforms, including online and offline. We realized that not all children were safe to voice their opinions in an offline lesson.
Sharing the tips and steps taken by their school, the Founding Principal of Kamla Nehru Public School said, “Our teachers were already self-sufficient and we prepared our lessons using OneNote, Sway and Adobe. used all possible technology tools and were ready by April 2020 to manage the shift to a virtual classroom. I strongly believe that empowered educators lead to engaged classrooms. Stating that they have begun to gearing up as early as December 2019, the director added, “We have effectively harnessed technology as a hub for learning, enabling accessibility in education, implementing gamification and I am proud to say we have l learning AI in addition to design thinking, web design, multimedia, etc., for our students.”