Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Automation are not just in movies today; they are part of our living life. Many case studies and research shows that the technological shift in the workforce has already started and will continue to grow at a substantial pace. In many parts of the world, the government, leaders, corporates have already accepted and adopted the changes brought by the technology.
However, our education system remains the same. What we were taught in 1919, the same curriculum is being followed and taught in 2019 too.
Many debates take place surrounding our education system, to change the way how we teach, the use of technology in the classroom, but there are no debates taking place for changing the curriculum we teach, more precisely ‘What We Teach’!
The education system is not only needed to change in the higher level but also at the lower level. The whole education system needs a revamp. Slipping education standards and the outdated curriculum is a big concern currently.
In 2009, India for the last time participated in PISA test - Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which found that students studying in the 8th standard in India are at the same level as students in the 2nd or 3rd standard in other countries such as Korea and Hong Kong.
Which also means that students are entering Universities with lower than average level in Maths and Reading. This is the real challenge which is faced by the Universities in India.
A few years back, Western Kentucky University in the US asked 1/3 of its Indian students to leave the computer engineering course after the 1st semester, as the university felt that the students would not be able to meet the minimum outcome standards by the University. And the irony is that there are hundreds of colleges and universities in India which would offer seats to these students in their computer engineering course.
And it should not come as a shock to anyone that why students in India after graduation are barely employable. Not only they lack skills, but also the practical knowledge of whereabouts.
There has to be a change in the education system, not only the quantitative change but the qualitative one. Quality improvement in education also calls for quality improvement of faculty members. In fact, many employers complain that the graduates lack basic skills such as writing, problem-solving and critical thinking. Whereas problem-solving, creative thinking and digital skills are the need of the hour. Moreover, the very basic digital skills which are taught are in school is about – how to create a document or a presentation, not about how the document or presentation was created. How new technology emerges. Some of the topics which are taught today at the school and university level, may not be even essential to teach in the upcoming years.
And if no change is brought in the education system soon, the graduates would be left behind and unemployed