The education sector in India has seen several trends that helped the sector to improve the processes and to bring its standard at par with the global level. Rahul Belwalkar, CEO, SecUR Credentials, writes about such trends of 2017 for Elets News Network (ENN).
The youth hold the key to the future, and with India being the second most populous country in the world, comprising majorly youth, it is imperative that they are provided with quality education to enable them to become successful entrepreneurs or servicemen.Here are three trends to leverage to this effect-
Gamification in e-learning
Gamification in e-learning allows for a better learning experience coupled with a high level of engagement. The strategies incorporated in gamification lead to an increase in the knowledge recall and retention levels in the minds of the students. The environment provided is also effective for an informal learning environment that aids in allowing learners to practice real life circumstances and tests. Once students are exposed to this they also are privy to instant feedback that tells them what they should or should not know. Gamification can be also be applied to fulfill most learning needs and impact learners positively, thereby creating significant performance gain for companies in the future.
Safety and Security Measures
Another emerging trend is that more and more schools are opting for background screening for their teaching and non-teaching staff. As a background screening company we have observed that there is a growing tension across the nation with regards to the safety and security of students across schools. Without the protective confines of the school compound to ensure their safety, picnics and school trips can often prove to be extremely dangerous for kids, if the proper measures aren’t taken by parents, teachers, as well as school authorities.
The potential for sexual violence and other dangers has been increasing rapidly in recent years, and often done by the very people that students are familiar with and who have been deemed trustworthy by parents as well as school authorities.
However, measures must be put in place to ensure their safety at such classes, lest they come across potentially dangerous individuals. Parents must make sure that the tutor teaching their ward has his credentials in order and has cleared appropriate background screening tests.
Another key trend observed in 2017 is the AADHAAR linking initiative. The Central Government has made it mandatory for all important documents to be linked to AADHAAR, which is an individual’s unique identification number. To add to this, another idea is to link Aadhaar to the performance record of students—marks sheets, merit certificates, and migration certificates, among others—from Class X onwards. This move will, in addition to helping students and employers, will go a long way n tackling the fake educational degree menace in India. Fake degrees are a big problem in India. Verification of educational credentials is not easy in India because of the sheer number of students, colleges and institutions.
This system is largely unorganised and conducting background screening of candidates at times is very challenging. Aadhaar Linkage will help create transparency in the system and eliminate the risk of fraud to a large extent. There is a growing demand for verification of educational qualifications, and an Aadhaar-linked system will lead to the reduction of fraud.