As per the recent reports of UNESCO, COVID-19 is going to create unfavourable consequences and several students around the world due to shut down of schools during the lockdown period. In India, the schools and colleges were immediately involved in following the new obligations created by the Indian Government during the lockdown for their closure.
During this pandemic, one of the most affected sectors was schooling structure. Most private schools with expensive fee structure and already equipped with all modern amenities were very comfortable with the new online teaching methodologies. On the other hand, low-income private and government schools were adversely affected during the lockdown period and ended with permanent closure out of scarcity of organizational access and adaptation to the new e-learning methodologies.
Introduction of National Education Policy in India
As a consequence of disaster created by the daunting COVID-19 period, a momentous revolution was felt in the Indian education system. National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) introduced on 29 July 2020 played a major role in bringing gigantic change in the Indian education structure and teaching methodologies. The policy leaders of the new post-COVID era of education broke their silence after a long break of 34 years.
The National education system is intending to revive the entire Indian education system by allowing schools at all levels to get universal access. It picturizes the future education system of India where schools are going to 100% enrolment of the children belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years. As per the new education policy, the main focus was given to the application of innovative technological solutions.
Moreover, the plan is to make available e-course in the local language for ease of the local people. The plan has to be executed by making relevant use of extensive technology. This is going to be fundamental for education planning, learning, teaching, assessment, teachers, students and training. Also, there is a special provision in the new education policy for the socially and financially challenged groups. Also, the cabinet has authorized a special unit to operate the digital infrastructure, digital content and also the extending the capacities coming under their operations for fulfilling all current educational requirements.
An Evolution of Indian Edtech
The country has met with a surprising growth in the IT sector that has a lot to do in the education sector now with the introduction of NEP in India. Between the period of January 2014 to September 2019, around 4500 EdTech start-ups have put their steps in India. This sector has got a great compulsion for the digital adaptation that is going to employ around half-a-billion of the internet and the smartphone users contributing.
Before pandemic, EdTech sector was rising in India at a lower rate due to some undesired barriers that came in the way of online education to flourish in the country. The major reasons behind this were lack of sufficient skills. This created a further need for reskilling and upskilling for the teachers. During the pandemic, various storms have made this agenda to slow down.
Quick Adaptation to Digital technology
The lockdown period during pandemic has inspired schools, colleges and educational institutes to make their entry in the online platform. Several EdTech products and services have been introduced in the market to help out in the process. During the process of its development, there was a great revolution seen to adopt digital technology for the curriculum and pedagogy.
Several EdTech firms such as Byju, Vedantu, Toppr, Unacademy met with a great share of traffic during this critical period. There were 7.5 million new users added to the lockdown, topper also captured around 100% growth in the user-base with the paid version. This made the education system in India far better and efficient.
The EdTech sector is now very promising but still, there is enough struggle to be faced for the quick adaptation of digital technology. The NEP has its prime focus to create a multi-linguistic online learning platform and develop critical thinking among children at a small age only.