Technology is fast becoming ingrained in all aspects of our lives in the 21st century and exponential development of applications are driving the convolution of a thin line between humans and machines. Advancement in technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) based devices, smart wearables, augmented reality (AR) systems and digital assistants, to name a few have a significant usage on a daily basis.
To keep pace with this exponential growth, the youth of tomorrow and children of today needs to be abreast with – what is happening, why is this happening, what more can be done, and how it can be done. Unfortunately, in India, the traditional K-12 education systems are not designed to focus on the need of the hour and are inadequate to train and prepare the children for the future. The current focus is often misaligned on the practical applications and development of an inquisitive problem-solving mindset that is aided with skills and tools to actually develop a potential solution for any of the problems.
Technology plays a pivotal role for a student, irrespective of her/his choice in a career – comprising both technical and non-technical career. Children today are increasingly finding it at ease working with technologies integrated with computers, smartphones, and other digital and wearable devices. Even if a student chooses a ‘non-technical’ career, they still consume and use technology unbeknownst to them.
The current education system lacks the development of vocational and technical skills that are required in the market today. According to a survey report, the millennials feel out of depth in workplaces which are revolutionized by applications based on exponential technologies including artificial intelligence and automation. This impacts the career progression, steepens the learning curve and cause duress to the youth
Moreover, lack of basic infrastructure in tier 2 and 3 cities further compound the problem, where lack of infrastructure, relatively weaker exposure to quality education leads to inferior communication and technical skills and lower confidence levels, in comparison to students from Tier-1 cities. This does not by any means implicate that Tier-1 city students are equipped. They may have better resources and exposure, however lack of focus of the overall curriculum on developing technical skills, presents a bleak future for the next generation.
Some of the problems in the Indian K-12 education space includes:
There is a plethora of reports and evidence that show that the foundation of employability and technical skills should be laid at the stage of elementary education and K-12 schooling. Laying the foundation of technical knowledge and skills at elementary or school levels can lead to a brighter path for the youth of the future. Only with these critical changes can we have a generation that is worthy to create a world of abundance.
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