Private Schools Are Beating Government Schools To Ensure Continuity In Learning Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic-lockdown has been a bane for many Government schools, which were ill-equipped with digital technologies to ensure continuity in learning, something that private schools were quickly adopted. With school campuses unlikely to open before October 2020, this has meant children in Government schools will have missed 6-7 months of education in their academic year. This has caused a large migration of children from Government schools to private schools.
Private Schools are leveraging technology through LMS and online learning platforms in the most cost-effective manner to:
- Extend their reach beyond the classroom
- Ensure better teaching methodologies
- Provide enhanced learning
- Provide enriched digital content for better mastery of concepts than taught in class
- ‘Flip’ the classroom from the school building to home atmosphere
- Access learning progress
- Personalise learning for improved outcomes
Private education is relatively expensive in India, but parents are willing to pay since ensuring quality education is most important.
India has one of the largest private education markets in the world. In the K-12 (kindergarten to 12th grade) segment there are almost 270 million children, 10 million teachers and 1.5 million schools. Unlike the other most developed markets in the world, Indian K-12 education is significantly privatized with parents opting for paid, private schools over free Government schools. And this huge shift of students is because of the better infrastructure and blended learning that the private education sector is providing. This pandemic has indeed widened the gap between private schools and Government schools. While private schools have harnessed the continuity of classes through online learning, most of the Government K-12 schools have been non-operational.
Even post the pandemic, eLearning and online education will continue in a blended model since the benefits of online learning have been widely understood and appreciated during the lockdown.
Earlier schools failed to control learning beyond classrooms other than projects and homework. But now, they have discovered the benefits of blended learning. Schools are leveraging LMS to offer personalised learning and extend their reach beyond the classroom to at-home learning. Moreover, well-designed eLearning solutions will also help schools to bring in alternate revenue streams through post-school tutorials and non-academic classes.
While this will positively heighten the academic outcomes but will further widen the gap between Government and private schools. The pandemic has opened the eyes of the Government and the newly renamed Ministry of Education, which is also considering policy changes to bring in more digitalisation in K-12 education. Moreover, NEP2020 also refers to online learning, and this is bound to gain acceptance and grow further.
The future calls for a pedagogical shift in education with blended learning as the next generation Education System!
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