Changes in the education system to ensure holistic development
We need to move away from the grade-based education framework and implement changes that will benefit students and the system as a whole.
The pandemic has forced a transition from the norm set in many areas through working from home, e-learning, virtual exams, and more. For any educated Indian, the next biggest challenge should be implementing a grading system that focuses on the holistic development of all students rather than honoring the select few who manage to achieve inexplicably high grades. Not only does this demotivate the majority, but it also creates a unique and unbalanced approach. Implementing a few changes can help overhaul the system and benefit all students.
Experiential learning (EL): The main objective is to develop the problem-solving and decision-making skills of students from an early age. Designing a curriculum with real-world experiences provides a hands-on learning experience. EL’s main strength is its ability to extract active participation from each student, which in turn triggers their emotional intelligence and sets them on the path to self-learning. This learning then becomes continuous. Business schools are increasingly encouraging group discussions and business role-play exercises supervised by seasoned professionals to help students develop practical skills.
Learn a language: Recently, a high school counselor complained about how students avoid taking language lessons because of their “inconsequential” effect on overall board results. While the benefits of learning languages ââare not as obvious as those of math or science, from a long-term perspective, an additional language can give an advantage. This is why students from regions which boast of several languages ââhave an advantage in the world professional organization.
National education policy: The implementation of NEP can help lift the education system out of its slumber. This involves phasing out the affiliated college system and offering stand-alone degree-granting colleges the freedom to design and impart 21st century skills. The transition from the current 10 + 2 system to a 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 system will formally bring the preschool age group into the educational system. Restoring the importance of early learning through home language or mother tongue as the language of instruction is sure to influence critical thinking, develop a sense of cultural pride, bring local languages ââback into the account and influence the openness of students to learn new languages. Inviting international universities to establish campuses in India is another step in accelerating the delivery of quality education. One of the most overlooked aspects of the establishment of educational institutions is the positive impact it has on the whole region, including by increasing employment prospects.
The speed of implementation and the ability to constantly evolve will determine the success or failure of this decade.
The author is Country Manager at EDHEC Business School, France