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‘Education 4.0 India Report’ launched by World Economic Forum (WEF)

Current Affairs

  • According to the report titled “Education 4.0 Report” 2022, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the school­to­work (S2W) transition process in India is still facing severe challenges, and a lack of coordinated efforts has resulted in an isolated skilling system that has not been able to reach its full potential.
  • India is the second largest market for online education after the US. With conducive policies and initiatives of the government, Such as the National Education Policy 2020 and over 5000 EdTech start-ups across the learning lifecycle, the current education environment is potent for digital transformation.
  • But, a lack of coordinated efforts has resulted in an isolated skilling ecosystem that has not been able to achieve its maximum potential, the WEF report said.
  • Even as the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided in most parts of the world, the school-to-work transition process is still facing significant hurdles in India, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report stated.
  • There are more than 60 million secondary and higher secondary students in India, yet only 85% of schools have included vocational courses in their curriculum.
  • Major obstacles for the school­to­work (S2W) transition process include: lack of trainers; inadequate infrastructure and resources; poor integration with the mainstream academic curriculum and poor connections between localized skill needs & vocational courses.
  • The term “S2W transition” refers to the process of preparing students job­ready in a rapidly changing labour market.
  • The report complements the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) of India and the National Digital Education Architecture of 2021.Several online education platforms and tools are also available, such as DIKSHA (digital infrastructure for school education), ePathshala (a portal/app that provides access to educational resources), SWAYAM (a platform for massive open online courses or MOOCS) and Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (an overarching programme for schools).
  • Meanwhile, the Padhe Bharat (“India learns”) campaign focuses on improving reading proficiency among children to improve learning.

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