Officials from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have noted that the future of education lies in addressing the challenge of equality and access, with technology marking a watershed in the Indian education system. It added that, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is for everyone to see how technology drives and plays the systems and processes of education.
“It is also necessary to give impetus to the curriculum development process as we adopt and adapt it to the requirements of the industry,” said Biswajit Saha, director of skills and training, CBSE. According to the officials, in order to build a tech-savvy education center in India, the private and public sectors need to come together and drive the technologically enhanced curriculum under 21st century skills.
Saha made the comments during a roundtable on the transformational shift in the education sector caused by the pandemic and the evolution of the education ecosystem. According to Navtez Bal, executive director of Microsoft India, the World Economic Forum estimates that more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries were affected by school closures as a result of the pandemic.
“Technology today played a critical role in maintaining continuity of learning and empowering schools, educators and students around the world to do more than ever before. At Microsoft, our goal is to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, encourage the development of essential life skills, and support educators in guiding and nurturing students’ passions,” said Bal.
Microsoft has been working to digitally transform India’s education ecosystem, working closely with policymakers, schools, educators and students to transform learning outcomes with technology. Recently, CBSE teamed up with Microsoft to introduce coding and data science into the school curriculum.
With input from PTI.
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