Education system/pattern has undergone significant changes over a decade. I clearly remember taking up teaching as a profession in 2001. As a convent pass-out, I had a completely different way of schooling. Disciplined and independent learning was the prime focus. Class strength wasn’t an issue and rote learning was immensely promoted. With this background when I took up the noble task of teaching, I was “prepared” to step into the shoes of a teacher. The foundation was deep rooted and did change gradually. Taking up this profession was the noblest thing I ever did and the rest followed.
I couldn’t imagine the drastic change the education system had undergone. Classrooms were smaller, a good teacher-student ratio was taken care of and parents had joined in the community as active participants. Since the time I took up this profession, I feel parents have also started to play a major role in educating the young leaders. Though this change is been incorporated slowly and so does its implementation.
The schooling concept at present has helped children rediscover themselves. Hands-on learning and experiential learning have opened a new horizon for children. They have been made to think out of the box. I have witnessed kids getting smarter and confident with each passing year.
To have a better clarity lets talk about the CCE pattern
Continuous and comprehensive in nature, CCE has always been in the limelight. With its unique methodology, it has always provoked a thought to ponder over – Why is it that a child has to appear for the toughest test of his life at the juncture of Grade 10? Is the curriculum in this grade so much valuable that a child has to be tested for its grip? Or Is the Board exam so much important that some children stake their life for it? The answers to all these questions by the intellectuals were obviously NO. And this led to the entry of CCE pattern in all schools across India.
The system has gradually picked up and made teachers come out of their comfort zones and work continuously to improve a child’s academic performance. Also has come up the need to look into the overall all-round development of a child, which wasn’t possible with only academics being strengthened. And with this came the importance of sports and co-curricular being promoted in all the schools.
Now, curriculum developers have inbuilt formative assessments within the course books. White walls and a blackboard is no more the image that was once drawn for a classroom. Classrooms are now larger than life. They are a collage of children’s work and a mentor’s mind. School corridors no more echo with parrots repeating after a person with a stick in hand. They are full of voices that inquire. A teacher is now a facilitator and not the transmitter. He/she works 24*7 and enters the classroom with a fully loaded laptop just to release the shutter on the projectors that are commonly installed in classrooms.
He/ She is remarkably connected to the parents and the students through Edmodo.
And that’s not all he/she has to groom himself/herself through the workshops, professional development courses, and self-teaching in a learning platform. Teachers are constantly striving to upgrade themselves so that they can do justice to the task they have undertaken.
Various publishers, educators, even IB schools in India have plunged into the field of education, designing books and sometimes even designing the entire curriculum to be delivered. Each year the books are revised based on the feedback collected from the teaching community.
Not just in academics but there have been new ventures in the field of sports, performing and creative arts. Various organizations have designed their own curriculums and have started delivering their valuable and customized services to the takers. These outsourced services have made education a wholesome process and undoubtedly led to a betterment of the students.
To conclude, since 2010, there have been some remarkable changes in the field of education, which has an immense potential since learning has no end. Let’s join hands and keep contributing in whatever ways we can to make it a better world.
As it’s rightly said by Sydney J Harris –
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows”.