Pre Budget: Bigger allocation, push for digitalisation in education sector

New Delhi, Jan 30 (GCBusiness) Initiatives such as allocating bigger spending on education and push for digitalisation were suggested by the stakeholders in the education sector in view of the upcoming budget to be presented on February 1.
The Budget should focus on imbibing technology in the classroom, said Ms Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bangalore.

‘Education is, understandably, one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future. Our education system needs to be self-reliant and globally competitive. This will only be possible when the emerging technology trends are imbibed into the education pattern of the country,’ she said.
The government must take initiatives such as allocating bigger spending on education and push digitalisation in the education sector in the upcoming budget, she maintained.
The current budgetary allocation for education in our country is less than 3 per cent of the GDP, which is low, compared to developed countries where it usually ranges between 5 per cent and 7 per cent of the GDP.
Of the total Rs 94,853. 64 crore education budget, Rs 56, 536.63 crore was pegged for school sector and Rs 38,317.01 crore for higher education, in the last Union Budget presented in July 2019.
This increased allocation of fund will improve education and infrastrcture at government schools too which educate majority of children in India, Ms Sashtri stressed.
Infrastructure should also be revamped to improve the quality of education services, she suggested.
Technology has become a crucial aspect of enabling learning and empowering teachers with the usage of multiple tools to improve teaching methodology, she stated.
‘With the use of technology, learning and teaching not only become more interactive and exciting, but also become personalised to suit the needs of every individual student,’ Ms Sashtri pointed out.

Via UNI-India

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