If there is one thing, we can somewhat thank the pandemic for, then it’s probably the transformation in the education system that perhaps would still have taken many more years to become the norm. In these two years, technological integration in the Indian education system was faster than it was in a whole decade. So, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the last two years served to be of immense importance in reimagining the Indian education system.
With the pandemic’s cases finally dropping and learning in schools becoming offline it’s of utmost importance to strike a balance between the old and the revamped. In higher education, flexibility is the guiding mantra. With changing times, it’s imperative we also adapt and improvise our traditional methods of teaching-learning to make sure that the students are ready to brace the new world and solve issues that haven’t been anticipated yet.
The key to that is collaboration which is severely lacking in the current system. We can’t excel or solve issues just by ourselves, most of the time we need the help of other people but the rigorous ‘each to their own’ system right now curtails that development of collaborating nature.
To make sure that the fruits we bear are excellent, it’s important to make sure the roots are properly taken care of. But just as every tree has some specific needs, so do the students. So how could we have one mainstream education system for all when there isn’t a single child similar to the other? A modern approach to personalized education experience for every student and to identify their unique talents and engage in polishing them is the only way to realize that every child reaches their fullest potential. Only in an environment devoid of unhealthy competition, obsession with marks, rote learning and uncollaborative nature, can we expect the future of the Indian education system to finally be future-proof and future-ready.
-Shambhavi 12th A