“We don’t need technology geeks which are good teachers; we need teaching geeks who are good with technology. Because I firmly believe, no technology can replace a teacher but definitely good technology given to a good teacher will absolutely change the environment,” said Brijesh Karia, National Business Head, Robomate+.
He was speaking at the 12th School Leadership Summit Pune, organised by Elets Tchnomedia and powered by digitalLEARNING on May 18, 2019. Karia was among the key speakers who graced the inaugural session of the summit with their presence. In his address, Karia talked about certain pressure points students are facing and best practices being followed in the last 2-3 years.
Highlighting the fuss created around Class 10 board exams, he said, “I am working with 300 plus schools across the length and breadth of the country. We have been seeing a lot of changes. Everyone would agree that board has become the centre of a child’s life, especially Class 10 students. I was talking to one of my students recently and it made me realise that children are put under so much stress, pressure, and durance for no reason whatsoever”.
Sharing his personal communiqué with a child over the matter, Karia said, “When we talk to students, when we counsel them, we ask one question – “What is your biggest problem? Their biggest problem is lack of time. After spending 6 to 7 hours in school they are forced to go to tuitions for 2-3 hours. So, 10 hours of a day either they are sitting in the school or a coaching class plus 1-2 hours of travelling. Then after coming back home from coaching, they have to finish homework given at school as well as tuition. Moreover, the problem increases if any surprise test is there. Such a huge stress confuses all the students and eventually they end up studying nothing.”
Thereafter, he talked about what the schools pan India are doing to solve the problem of the students. Karia said, “One best practice that I have seen across the country is use of technology. Most of the schools are using technology in an excellent manner. I know about some schools which are doing flipped classroom pedagogy. They are telling the students in advance that tomorrow I am going to teach you certain topic, why don’t you read/watch that topic and come. So children know beforehand that this is going to happen.”
“Singhania School in Thane – which is one of the top ICSE schools of the country, has created an app for the students where teachers are giving recorded video lessons. So what happens is – students have learnt from the teacher, once they go home they don’t feel the need to go to tuitions. They open the app do the revision and their studies are done. So that’s what schools are doing,” he added.
“Another best practice is conferences like the one we are attending today. Schools must send their teachers here. There are certain wonderful discussions that happen in the panel. Believe me we have learnt a lot by just listening to some of the key industry speakers. This is one thing that I feel will help in changing the dynamics in the school,” Karia concluded.