A recent Human Rights Watch report has exposed children’s rights violations by providers of edtech endorsed by governments in Australia and elsewhere.
Some studies show how the use of edtech may exacerbate the unequal impact of school closures on student learning; as more semi-privileged and elite students opt for these parallel models, others will either be pushed into debt or continue to be excluded from the knowledge gap discourse.
India's edtech market is thriving but millions of children still don't have access to online education. Physical classes must resume or else learning gaps may become impossible to reverse.
Amitabh Kant writes: The pandemic-induced learning crisis and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have made it necessary to reimagine education and align it with the unprecedented technological transformation.
On the other side of the billion-dollar edtech boom are children who have been unable to access the most basic forms of online education, and people who have been trying to bridge the digital divide
For the tribal communities, the problem is access to technology both for the students and the teachers. They are overwhelmed by this technology-driven model. We need to find a democratic way to reach out to the last child in the learning curve.
Concerns over a monotonous, formal education system coupled with edtech's innovative approaches bolster the homeschooling proposition over traditional schooling. But is India ready for it?
Lack of adequate training and resources increased the difficulties severalfold. Most teachers found both the quality and quantity of training and resources provided to be inadequate.
India cannot continue to subject its children to psychological trauma, subvert its human capital and sabotage its economy by blocking access to its schools.
The Covid-19 pandemic has set off a golden era for India’s ed-tech startups. But if current trends are anything go by, this party won’t last forever.