Education systems are in a crisis in developing countries. UNESCO estimates – one in five children worldwide did not participate in any form of education in 2016. This could get worse because the population is rapidly increasing. Online education is a debatable topic. Until now, it was often criticized as a mediocre structure of education. But thanks to the rapid advancements in technology, classroom learning isn’t the only option for education nowadays. Online learning has become more progressive and hassle-free. It is an indication of harmonizing globally, the finest education systems from all around the world. The key feature of online education is that it provides independent learning to the students. We are living in the 21st century, the era of the revolution of online education. Contrary to conventional school systems, online education is getting much attention as a viable solution for access to education at an affordable cost. Furthermore, this COVID-19 pandemic has given a stamp of acceptance to the fact that it’s high time we implemented our education systems, policies, and pedagogies.
Moreover, the increasing youth population makes it difficult for developing nations to tackle capacity shortage issues by building or expanding schools and universities. Even if India’s booming private sector could absorb much of this exploding demand, India is still not equipped to manage an expansion on this scale. Education expenditure of the country currently is less than 3% of the GDP and generating more funds is not easy. Therefore, the growth potential for online education in developing countries is quite extensive.
Capacity shortage is just one of the many problems of the Indian Education system. Other problems vary from quality education to the bitter unemployment ratio. The current Indian education structure is highly overburdened.
Now, the question that arises is why should one choose an Online School?
Online School is safer, not only in the wake of the pandemic but otherwise also. The parent’s concern starts from as soon as the child steps out of the house until he returns. The concerns could be about mistreatment by teachers or bus/ van drivers or bullying by peers; concerns related to physical hazards and violent accidents. All these concerns are curbed out in an online school. The child can study within the comfort of his home.
Unlike in a conventional school, here the child has the flexibility of completing his assignments and activities at his own preferred timings. There is not only a flexible learning environment but also a flexible teaching environment. In a regular school, the teacher is bound to teach the whole class in the same manner and at a similar pace. She is not able to give proper attention to the students. All kinds of learners differ from one another. Here, we can bifurcate learners according to their learning styles and the teacher can focus on similar learners in an effective manner. In an online school, there are limited hours of studying, and a lot of time (spent in studying and commuting) is saved that the child can utilize in other developmental activities. Furthermore, the parents are involved from time to time in various activities of the child and apart from the PTM parents are able to monitor their child’s progress whenever they want to.
Last but not the least, in a regular school the child has to study only what the teacher is teaching and is dependent on his teacher for validation of his work. However, in an online school, the child can learn more than what the teacher is supposed to teach, he can explore out of the course concepts as well and does not have to depend on the teacher for validation of every little query.
In short, online education is on the rise. It has a number of advantages over the traditional education system. It eliminates the printed teaching materials and the physical infrastructure costs, therefore widening the scope of delivery in regions where such infrastructure does not exist.