NEP 2020 sheds light on education inequalities and how they affect the inequality landscape
Everything has “pros and cons”: like most things in the world, India’s democratic and diverse nature has both pros and cons and inequality is one of the main “cons” among the many advantages. Inequality is an umbrella term that encompasses just about the full range of issues facing our nation today, especially the invisible fences that have become a means and a part of every Indian’s life.
This phenomenon is widespread and has deep roots in all aspects of our lives and it goes without saying that the education sector is no exception. Its prevalence is visible in the abundance and the various socio-economic levels of our society. The inequality regarding access to quality education is like a side effect of all other discriminations such as social, economic, gender, caste, class, demographic, etc.
Shine a light on the hidden problem
Access to quality education is no longer a necessity or a human right; it is more like a shopping experience that varies from bad, good or better depending on pocket, address, gender, caste or learning and language skills. Discussions about the country’s financial inequality and a few others have been going on for a long time, but there was very little mention of its real origin – unequal access to quality education. Thanks to the recently announced NEP, 2020 has brought importance to the fore and how it affects the entire inequality landscape.
The widening gap
Despite all the best efforts of government, private sector and NGOs, only a limited percentage of our population can attend good schools, afford expensive tutors and coaching centers, pursue new hobbies, get into new hobbies. major national / international universities under economic conditions and geographical privileges. This gap only seems to be widening day by day.
Now, let’s look at the other side of the coin – a handful of schools are able to deliver quality education thanks to their sparkling collection of expensive resources, both human and material, combined with cutting-edge infrastructure and excellent approaches. educational. Sometimes it might not be affordability, but it could very well be availability or accessibility and location plays a big role.
An effort to bridge the gap
Can something be done to bridge this gap? There are certain mandatory modalities of good early childhood education which have been proven and proven to be effective around the world. This happens to be a rarity, in fact, a complete absence in some parts of the country and for some sections of the Indian population. To name a few – Multisensory English teaching based on synthetic phonetics, experiential math teaching based on CPA (concrete-pictorial-abstract), EVS lessons based on inquiry , interdisciplinary integration and building-focused socio-emotional skills-building programs can dramatically raise educational standards. The use of educational resources and methodologies focused on instilling 21st century skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity is the need of the hour to prepare our children for the future.
When, with my team, I visited all kinds of schools in various cities in grade 1/2/3/4, we realized that the only way to do this was to empower the teaching community. Equip them with a thorough understanding of effective teaching approaches, provide effective and affordable teaching and learning resources, and use technology for planning and implementation, ”says Rohan Ravi Bhatia, Director of Sales and Marketing , SAAR Education (I) Pvt. Ltd.
“Quality education X Professional teacher training X Affordable price = Equality in education” This formula is adopted and successfully implemented in more than 600 schools to close this gap and bring smiles to thousands of faces and the journey has only just begun.
The author is Director of Sales and Marketing, SAAR Education (I) Pvt. Ltd.
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