At a time when the Covid 19 outbreak has produced concern around the globe, the internet world is having a significant impact. In India, a new chapter has begun as classroom learning has transitioned to Google Meet and Zoom Meet. The arrival of classrooms into homes has become a milestone in the field of education. But in a country like India, how good is such an education?
The Indian government has taken a number of steps to promote digital education. One such project is the SWAYAM programme, which provides online courses from 9th grade to postgraduate level via television networks. There are two sides to every coin, and there are two sides to digital education. That is, the advantages and disadvantages. To some extent, digitalization has aided the education sector in ensuring continuous education even during closures. For students who had easy access to learning materials and research, it is acceptable to state that online classes were more useful than offline classes. Digital Education has proposed the creation of a government-run digital university as a way to improve India’s traditional education system. Furthermore, the ability to take classes at home, even from the greatest colleges in other countries, allows Indian students to expand their horizons. It aids in the reduction of educational costs. A poll of teachers and parents performed by HP India Future of Learning Studies 2022 found that digital education helped to improve work-life balance and productivity.
However, in this digital age, a part of India’s population is left powerless, with no access to even basic education. The internet’s accessibility is the most significant barrier that people confront across the country. The right to education entrenched in Article 21-A of the Indian constitution is being infringed as a result of the existing digital divide. Another issue that arises as a result of digital education is digital illiteracy. Because of their lack of digital skills, the majority of parents are unable to assist their children with their education. Teachers in our country are educated using traditional educational approaches. As a result, the abrupt change in the system causes misunderstanding among teachers. For low-income people, broadband costs are a little too much. As a result, digital learning is not affordable for them. Because social interactions are decreasing day by day, this style of learning may raise social anxiety among pupils. The digital universe is as vast as the ocean. The ability of our kids to identify good content remains a source of concern. There is a considerable risk of exposing students to pornography, threats, and other inappropriate material. Another concern that arises from digital learning is the users’ frequent contact with the screen, which causes health problems.
It is the government’s obligation to improve India’s education sector by developing new ideas with the goal of making education accessible to all. Projects like PM-WANI are welcome because they will allow public data offices or public whose data offices to put up public WiFi hotspots across the country. These projects should be finished sooner rather than later. Conducting some teacher training programmes on digital learning will also result in a perceptible improvement in our educational system. If India can overcome its obstacles, digital learning can bring further improvements to our system.
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