“Technology is merely an augmentation to a teacher”: Baseema Anayat, Shah Rasool Memorial Welkin Higher Secondary School

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“We cannot deny the fact that Artificial Intelligence is taking over different sectors, so education is not an exception. Let’s be optimistic and expect it stands as a positive development in the educational sector”, shared Baseema Anayat, Vice Chairperson, Shah Rasool Memorial Welkin Higher Secondary School, Sopore, Jammu And Kashmir in an exclusive interview with Sheeba Chauhan of Elets News Network. Edited excerpts:

Recently, the government of India emphasised the importance of the native language for better understanding. What are your thoughts on this? Do you plan to incorporate the same at your school in near future?

History and culture are inherent in a language. Learning the native language signifies learning the same history and culture of your parents, relatives, and even the generations before and after. So, it is fine if you want your children to stay connected with their origin.

What are your thoughts on the usage of AI tools like ChatGPT, Bard etc for creating content and various other uses? Do you think it will hamper the quality of education in the long run?

We cannot deny the fact that Artificial Intelligence is taking over different sectors, so education is not an exception. Let’s be optimistic and expect it stands as a positive development in the educational sector. AI hampering the quality of education in the long run –we must not forget that we are taking it only as a facility not as a replacement. Technology is merely an augmentation to a teacher. It can help the process of learning. While technology will not replace teachers, teachers who use technology will replace those who do not.

India’s G20 presidency is not a mere event. It imbibes the concept of creating global citizens and is fundamental to developing the world order and our education and skills ecosystem has a vital role in this. Your comments

Any international event that is held in the country is an honour and at the same time significant on many fronts. Our department has already launched a massive awareness programme. Activities are conducted across schools, which include Quiz programs, debates, and discussions. The activities are designed to increase awareness about G-20 and its significance under India’s presidency.

The emerging edtech has gained immense success in the education space but the ride has seen many bumps in between. How do you see the changing landscape of the edtech industry and will it impact the school education ecosystem?

If we look at our education system pre and post-COVID, we find a drastic change. A change is something that one cannot avoid. Like every industry, education too is going through a digital transformation. Now its impact on school systems, any technology that is introduced, will only facilitate us.

Besides, the traditional education system, edtech is here to stay a long. We can use the technology to provide students with a personalized learning process according to edtech’s ability.

How is your school planning to enhance quality education using the technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc.?

You know these days imparting quality education is impossible without employing the technologies. So far as our school is concerned, we have always been striving and toiling hard to keep pace with the institutions which are fully equipped with modern technologies. At Welkin, we have a fully equipped computer lab and different science labs besides a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence lab. All the labs are functional and students are benefiting a lot from these labs. In near future, we are installing Interactive Panel almost in all the classrooms of the school. We are keen to embrace the latest versions(developed forms) of modern technologies.