In order to assess the impact of the coronavirus and plan the way forwards, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been holding review meetings pertaining to various sectors of the economy. Recently, he held a meeting with the HRD Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah, Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, and other senior officials of the government.
During the meeting, the impact of the lockdown on the education sector was considered along with issues and reforms required in the sector. National Education Policy (NEP) was also discussed in the meeting.
In this review meeting pertaining to the education sector, major emphasis was laid on enhancing and improving the learning experience by integrating the latest technology in the education sector. Options like using education portals, conducting online classes, and class-wise broadcast on education channels were also explored.
The official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office states that “The focus was on bringing uniformity in education providing universal access to quality education, improving the quality of elementary education, through a new national curriculum framework that focuses on multi-linguistic, 21st-century skills, integration of sport and art, environmental issues, etc.”
It further added that “The use and promotion of technology in various modes for education at school and higher levels was discussed in detail – i.e., online mode, TV channels, radio, podcasts, etc. Reforming the higher education scenario by making Indian Education System at par with the highest global standards making education effective, inclusive, contemporary rooted in the Indian culture and ethos.”
The prime minister, senior ministers, and other senior officials also emphasized on the importance of adopting contemporary pedagogy, early childhood care, and education, rationalization of education, foundational literacy and numeracy, along with the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity of India.
The statement from the PMO further elaborated on the decision to usher in reforms in the education sector to make India the knowledge “Superpower” by the creation of a vibrant knowledge society based on the better quality of education. In order to ensure time-bound achievement of these goals and effective educational governance, the latest technologies like Artificial technology will be aggressively promoted.
Due to the nationwide lockdown expected to continue for another few weeks, it is important for the government to ensure that the education and learning processes do not stop.
As students are unable to move out of their homes and the schools and colleges might not open before July, using technological innovations is the only way forward. In the coming days, some significant announcements pertaining to the education sector can be expected from the government.