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‘Technology can’t replace teachers’

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Dr R S Panwar

“One important thing that comes to everyone’s mind that after digitisation of education, will teachers be required? Teachers will always be required as technology can assist a teacher but cannot replace them,” said Dr R S Panwar, Director, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Rabindranath School of Excellence, Pune.

He was speaking at the Inaugural session of 12th School Leadership Summit Pune. Dr Panwar discussed various important aspects that may support in improving the education sector.

Sharing his thoughts on technology’s role in education sector, Dr Panwar said, “The use of technology and digital tools in education is growing at a rapid rate. It is likely that after 50 years, we may find that there are no physical schools. Practices like Flipped Classrooms are on similar lines. We must be thankful technology and educationist who helped us to realise that how digital tools can improve teaching-learning processes.”

Describing about how the school was started, Dr Panwar said, “Bharati Vidyapeeth started functioning with certificate examinations in English and Mathematics for the school going children. Nowadays, the schools under the aegis of Bharati Vidyapeeth assists in holistic development of  students right from pre-primary to higher secondary classes. The practices followed at the schools ensure a strong base for pursuing higher education.”

“Currently, there are 91 units spread over nine districts of Maharashtra namely Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Solapur, Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Thane and Palghar. These schools include a few cosmopolitan and international schools as well as the schools in interior regions. We ensure that the regional differences are not reflected in the academics, facilities and infrastructure in remotely located schools. Amongst 91 schools, English and Marathi Medium Schools ranging from Pre-primary to Junior College we have 16 Pre-primary Schools, 17 Primary Schools, 40 High Schools, 16 Junior Colleges and 2 ITI units with a strength of over 30,000 students,” he added.

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