Now, when the world is getting technologically advance, the education models are to be revised to educate the rural students from root level and must have subsequent knowledge which are technology driven.
Therefore, proper training for teachers and technology-driven content, specifically in the schools in the rural areas can be the key to talent development in India, industry experts said on Thursday at the VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2015.
The panellists also felt that along with introducing quality teaching methodologies, the salaries of the teachers, who have been the victims of the lackadaisical attitude of both the state and central governments, should be increased.
“We cannot get ready-made trained talent. We have to make an investment in training teachers,” said Umesh Malhotra, co-founder and chief executive, Hippocampus Learning Centres.
The panellists also felt that B Ed training has made 70 per cent of the 6 million teachers in India ‘administrators’ rather than leaders who can train children to become leaders.
They stressed that unless government and the other stakeholders come forward, the future of 210 million children studying in 1.6 million schools is at stake.
“Today kids are exposed to all kinds of content. So if you teach them without technology in schools, they won’t be interested. So education needs to leverage technology,” said Sameer Sampat, executive director, India School Leadership Institute.
Raj Yarlagadda, MD at People Combine Educational Initiatives Ltd, said investment is needed to create proper infrastructure to make technology work in an atmosphere where kids don’t have access to laptops and tablets.
“Technology as a tool to explain content is just a complement, and not a substitute. It can never replace teachers. What works is technology driven content,” Yarlagadda said. He said laptops distributed under government’s educational programmes are generally not used due to lack of knowledge about device’s usage and sold back to vendors.