Reinventing education – The Shillong Times

The increase in the number of Covid cases in recent times is sounding the alarm bells for officials of educational institutions, teachers, students and their parents. Everyone is worried, but the reasons are different. Parents know very well that the two years 2020-2021 are lost since their children have never really studied in the true sense of the word and the open book exam is in fact a parody because they have doubts about what their pupils they learnt. Things were starting to improve when the Omicron variant arrived with a bang and it’s unclear what a toll it’s going to do. Students who qualified for IITs, ILSs, medicine, and other professional courses in 2021 were supposed to physically join their classes in early 2022, but that now seems impossible. Young aspiring professionals face a bleak future and are unsure of their careers. Online courses can never replace the real classroom and laboratory. How can young people experience at home? This therefore calls for a new educational program that can bridge the virtual distance. For this, a lot of thought and brainstorming is required by the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Unfortunately, the MHRD has not yet given due attention to online courses for professional courses that require a close mentor-mentee relationship. MHRD has, however, offered better and more innovative learning modules for preschool, primary and secondary school students. This would include integrated science labs, smart classrooms, game-based learning, and support for vocational education. All of these have been integrated into the framework of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan since 2018. The program is extended until 2025-2026 and includes the transformative recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020. The idea is to provide holistic school education as a continuum instead of disparate programs that looked at preschool, elementary and secondary education in silos. Its noble objective is to improve the quality of school education.
The Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan was formed by subsuming the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Teachers Education. (TE) Teacher training. The aim is to treat schooling as a smooth transition between preschool, primary, upper primary, secondary and upper secondary. This objective is to improve the quality of education at all levels by integrating the two T’s – Teachers and Technology. The MHRD is implementing the school education professionalization program under the aegis of Samagra Shiksha. As part of this program, a vocational subject is offered for grades IX to XII as well as general education to ensure employability and the professional skills necessary for a variety of occupations. A similar innovative teaching-learning module is urgently needed for higher education. Reinvent education
The increase in the number of Covid cases in recent times is sounding the alarm bells for officials of educational institutions, teachers, students and their parents. Everyone is worried, but the reasons are different. Parents know very well that the two years 2020-2021 are lost since their children have never really studied in the true sense of the word and the open book exam is in fact a parody because they have doubts about what their pupils they learnt. Things were starting to improve when the Omicron variant arrived with a bang and it’s unclear what a toll it’s going to do. Students who qualified for IITs, ILSs, medicine, and other professional courses in 2021 were supposed to physically join their classes in early 2022, but that now seems impossible. Young aspiring professionals face a bleak future and are unsure of their careers. Online courses can never replace the real classroom and laboratory. How can young people experience at home? This therefore calls for a new educational program that can bridge the virtual distance. For this, a lot of thought and brainstorming is required by the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Unfortunately, the MHRD has not yet given due attention to online courses for professional courses that require a close mentor-mentee relationship. MHRD has, however, offered better and more innovative learning modules for preschool, primary and secondary school students. This would include integrated science labs, smart classrooms, game-based learning, and support for vocational education. All of these have been integrated into the framework of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan since 2018. The program is extended until 2025-2026 and includes the transformative recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020. The idea is to provide holistic school education as a continuum instead of disparate programs that looked at preschool, elementary and secondary education in silos. Its noble objective is to improve the quality of school education.
The Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan was formed by subsuming the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Teachers Education. (TE) Teacher training. The aim is to treat schooling as a smooth transition between preschool, primary, upper primary, secondary and upper secondary. This objective is to improve the quality of education at all levels by integrating the two T’s – Teachers and Technology. The MHRD is implementing the school education professionalization program under the aegis of Samagra Shiksha. As part of this program, a vocational subject is offered for grades IX to XII as well as general education to ensure employability and the professional skills necessary for a variety of occupations. A similar innovative teaching-learning module is urgently needed for higher education.

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