The students of India have long complained, stating that topics taught in class are almost obsolete when it comes to the demands of the industry. We will reach a stage where they would no longer have to make a compromise since edtech platforms across the globe and India are offering advanced skill-building opportunities at a fraction of the cost of college.
We are in an unprecedented situation in the education sector. I’ve interacted with several of our clients who argued that the offerings of a top-notch global university weren’t very different from the topics covered by a MOOC provider. While the candidate failed to understand that the exposure gained by spending time on campus is unmatched, he did bring to my notice that the education landscape in India was transformed. Students have a multitude of options today. They are far more discerning too and universities across the board will have to step it up in terms of what they offer. The students of India have long complained, stating that topics taught in class are almost obsolete when it comes to the demands of the industry. We will reach a stage where they would no longer have to make a compromise since edtech platforms across the globe and India are offering advanced skill-building opportunities at a fraction of the cost of college.
Like with most things that sound fantastic, there is also a flip side. While a lot of platforms in this space offer plenty of upskilling opportunities for students who are clear about their goals, they don’t address the perennial problem faced by younger individuals- What do they want to pursue in the first place? Let me be clear. Getting good at something is one thing. Finding something you want to pursue is a whole other challenge. Students who are still in school are rarely clear about what they want to pursue. The majority of Indian parents have always pushed students to gain proficiency with little or no emphasis on helping them figure out where their interests lie. You can gain expertise in a field after you’ve discovered you like it. Sounds intuitive, right?
Several EdTech companies in India have cracked the formula and have offered multiple avenues for students (sometimes as young as 8-10 years old) to upskill. They’ve understood that parents don’t want to lose an opportunity that helps their child get better at something.
Younger students are therefore being pushed to excel at an age where they should be allowed to explore. While there are a plethora of avenues available to children of all ages from the comfort of their own homes, most platforms still largely promote a psyche that has plagued the Indian education system for decades. Children as young as 12 needn’t learn how to code. However, they should be afforded the exposure to understand how people who write code are changing the world around them. They can choose to upskill post that. Picking up skills early certainly helps, but do you even want to be in the rat race you’re hell-bent on winning?
The desire to excel & the fear of missing out are fuelling the edtech boom today. While this has brought forth a multitude of avenues for students and professionals to learn and grow, it has also fuelled the fear of missing out among parents. Let’s give the kids some space to grow and explore, shall we?
Source: Business World