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Teachers call for industry connect

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Teachers from 58 cities in Tamil Nadu who participated in a national survey lay stress on greater role for industry in curriculum restructuring and equipping students with right employment skills

Tamil Nadu is a huge recruiting ground for industry. Yet, the problem of employability right after a student completes degree persists. The answer seems to be simple: restructure the curriculum in collaboration with industry.

A survey of teachers across the country has found that it is the present curriculum to blame for the problem of employability.

The ‘Voice of Teacher Survey 2015’ by Pearson included teachers from 527 cities and towns and was carried out in July-August with the aim of giving shape to the new education policy.

In Tamil Nadu, teachers from 58 cities participated. As many as 63 per cent of the participant teachers here felt students did not possess the required skills for employment and more than half of them called for restructuring the curriculum in collaboration with industry and recommended industrial training. They also felt that merit-based industry internships would enhance students’ employability.

Over 5,000 school and college teachers interviewed across the country came up with almost similar recommendations. Teachers saw the high cost of technology, lack of specific action points in education assessment framework and deficiency in industry-education connect as “hurdles”.

The teachers felt they too needed to connect with industry. They also wanted their institutions to adopt technology to improve the learning experience. However, the prohibitive cost of installing technology, lack of training for teachers to use technology, the management’s poor understanding of the need to install digital tools for learning, maintenance of infrastructure and lack of trained staff all came in the way of providing quality education, they said.

While at the university level, industry is represented in the Syndicate and the Academic Council, it is not so at the school level, observed a senior professor of Anna University. “It would help if there is some amount of industry orientation from the school level,” he said.

Application-based math

The curriculum in high school could be revised to make it more application-oriented. While to some extent subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology allow for application, it does not happen with mathematics.

“Application is lacking, particularly in mathematics, and students struggle in college. Usually, students are provided equations to solve. Instead, the equation could be given using a physical system and ask students to use parameters of the system to solve it. This kind of application is lacking,” he added.

Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director of Pearson India that conducted the survey, said it helped to engage with teachers and suggest measures to transform the learning landscape in the country.

“Assessments play an important role in giving teachers and parents the right benchmarks to follow for personalised learning and better learning outcomes,” he said.

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