India Scanner Year Ender 2021: Five major changes in education sector in india

We have pointed out five of the most important and big changes that have been observed in the past year

The education sector in India this year sustained some major changes and was in a roller-coaster ride throughout the year. Apart from the steps taken by the government, the Covid crisis is still lurking. Nearly for two years, schools and colleges of the country were closed and students are going through an unusual phase in their life and some major changes. 

We have pointed out five of the most important and big changes that have been observed in the past year.

1)  Digital Education System 

The education system totally shifted to digital platforms in the past 2 years as because of the Covid-19. While some were able to take advantage of the new feature, majority of the students were not able to. This major shift of the learning system to virtual spaces created a huge gap for the children, which even resulted in suicides. As per Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education, nearly 70 percent of students from Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh could not access to digital devices. 

2) Implications of New Education Policy

The government introduced the new education policy and several states like Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have started taking steps towards its implementation. In this year several universities also adopted the new system but protests from both teachers and students were seen  against it. 

3. CBSE changed pattern

In order to help students survive the test of time, the Central Board of Secondary Education introduced a whole new pattern for its academic session 2021-2022. The board in the new pattern said that  examinations will be held twice a year with a 50 percent syllabus for each. As per the rules, in the first term examination will be held for 90-minutes with case-based and assertion reasoning type of MCQs. On the other hand, the second term will be held between March-April. It will be a 2 hour long exam in which both long and short questions will come. 

4) Dropouts of India

In an important report at the start of the year, about ten million girls in India were at the risk of dropping out of education. More than fifteen crore children were out of the education system. Around 17% was the  dropout rate for India at the secondary school level. 

5) Academia's Casteism

Though serious steps were taken by several institutions, various cases have come up that show the casteist nature in the country's education sector. The UGC wrote to the Vice-Chancellors of universities to ensure that no caste discrimination takes place at the univarsities and even advised the administrations to be sensitive while dealing with such cases.

Abirbhab Haldar

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