Quality of Content in ICT Tools in Schools Is Major Concern

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Educationists in New Delhi said over the last 20 years, technology in education has not been effective.  “However, we see a quick turn towards digital content these days. Fastest growing universities are online,” said Ashish Dhawan, CEO, Central Square Foundation.  “More than 20,000 private schools are using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products. But the content is a major concern as it is below average,” added Dhawan.  Dhawan said that several experiments in Peru and other countries have failed as the technology devices given to schools did not have any valuable content.  “Till the quality of content is not improved none of the innovations will work,” he said.

Technology has bypassed school education in India due to lack of ability to train teachers to help children get better equipped with the medium, said educationists at a discussion held here on Tuesday. “We have the largest number of illiterates and school dropouts in the world. Nearly 50 per cent of children do not even complete their schooling in India,” said R Govinda, vice chancellor, National University for Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA). “Radio and Television have been used in other countries since their inception as a medium to impart education in schools. But India has bypassed it,” added Govinda. Rothin Bhattacharya from HCL Infosystems,  highlighted that schools are not interested in the curriculum but use it as a marketing tool.

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