Education is Moving from Being Focused on Teaching to a Focus on Learning, Say School Education Experts

The 3rd edition of ASMA's School Leadership Conclave delved into the topic ‘Simplifying the Education Process through Technology’


ASMA School Leadership Conclave on ‘Simplifying the Education Process through Technology’ was held on 24th February 2021. The 3rd edition of the 5 part School Leadership Conclave examined how through collaborations with technology partners, schools have been able to bring innovative practices into their processes to build more efficient and streamlined systems.

The panel was moderated by Dr Seema Negi, Principal, Sanjeevani World School and comprised of Om Pathak, Founder & Chairman of Selaqui International School & DPSG Society, Dr Neeta Bali, Director Principal & Head of School, GD Goenka World School, Sohna, Rasshmi Malik, Principal of Salwan Public School and Amey Parulekar, Head of Sales, Financepeer.

Amey Parulekar also gave an industry presentation on how Financepeer is helping to simplify the fee and financing process for parents and schools. During his presentation, Parulekar pointed out, “The year 2020 has taught us that working capital is important. At Financepeer, we ensure that the child can just focus on studying; we provide 24/7 dedicated service and support”.

The enlightening panel discussion commenced with Om Pathak, Founder & Chairman of Selaqui International School & DPSG Society sharing his thoughts on the day’s topic. He said, “The whole process of education has moved on to preparing children for life; it is not only about the scholastic, but it is about the person”.

He continued, “The demands of parents and societal demands have also increased. The fact that a lot is changing and teaching/learning is becoming a complex exercise, which is where technology comes in, to help address the gaps in the education journey”.

Speaking about how schools have adapted to the use of technology, Dr Neeta Bali, Director Principal & Head of School, GD Goenka World School, Sohna remarked, “Now, education is more about learning rather than teaching. Even though students and teachers have not been able to meet physically, the learning outcomes have been achieved phenomenally with online media”.

Dr Bali added, “The pandemic has been a blessing because people have been forced to improvise and innovate. There has been a greater fillip in the use of technology. With the NEP this is going to percolate to all schools; the focus will not be on teaching, it will be about learning”.

Talking about how her institution has dealt with the issue of assessments during the pandemic, Rasshmi Malik, Principal of Salwan Public School shared, “Looking at all of the technological aspects of giving online exams, we came to the conclusion that we have to change our examination pattern and questions completely. We have also added a daily basis assessment based on the topic being taught in the class”.

Malik continued, “Technology has revolutionised during the pandemic and there is a flip side, but it is very fortunate for the education industry because education is not a static process, it is dynamic and it keeps changing every day but it was not happening before the IT revolution in the pandemic. Technology such as Block-chain will all come inside the system only to support the educationists, the teachers, the learners and parents. It is a very exciting time for the education industry”.

Adding to the discussion, moderator Dr Seema Negi, Principal, Sanjeevani World School said, “We want a better vision for our children and for that, we have to become visionaries and come out of our own comfort zone. Many of us have gone through the cycle to unlearn, relearn and learn again”.

Dr Negi said, “We need to look around and when we look around we will see collaborations; we need to look beyond and then we will see creativity; we need to look within and look deep, then we can introspect and this gives rise to critical thinking. We also have to look up and then we will see an abundance of opportunity. Technology is a key and we must use it well, we must take our children on the journey from information to knowledge and from knowledge to wisdom”.