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Skills development needed in the school curriculum to prepare students for industry

As I struggle to get my 5-year-old into school with an array of challenges, I hear myself saying out loud time and time again that education was far too simple these days. And, we were lucky to have completed our studies during the simpler times. Simple education, simple job opportunities! And, don’t laugh, I’m happy.

Coupons now! The education system seems to have transcended into a complex algorithm that every student and parent is on a quest to solve and emerge victorious on the other side. Of course, the spectrum is not limited to school education. Students take a wide range of private lessons for higher education examinations and to enter the institutions of their choice.

But guess what, that’s still not enough. Insufficient to give them overall growth and hone the skills required for the world outside of educational institutions.

With a dynamic and disruptive world moving at a rapid pace and changing faster than we can ever imagine, a development program without skills falls far short of the expectations of today’s times. Various industries have often raised the issue that students are not sufficiently equipped with the practical skills needed to enter and thrive in the real world outside of educational institutions.

Hold on; what skills are you talking about?

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Of course, the educational base is the main impetus. Yet, the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Education (2015) has listed a detailed set of skills to ensure the overall growth of an individual and make them immediately ready for the working environment.

Creative, problem-solving and communication skills are the main ways of implementing your training in the working environment. So getting students to learn these basic skills will give their career a big boost. Companies also prefer candidates with these soft skill sets, which they can then invest in and upgrade to their own job requirements.

Why are tech skills important?

My child is already a pro in using all the devices I have at home, you might say! Of course, an increasingly immersive experience is available on demand to the world today, thanks to the easy availability of devices, technologies and the virtual world at your fingertips. Nowadays, children are also exposed to these advances at home, at school or elsewhere. Technology has become an inseparable part of our lives these days, and rightly so.

Therefore, regardless of the level of education or the skills developed, it has become equally important for children to be technically skilled, otherwise they will be left behind in the digital revolution. One will only remain a passive consumer of technology if these skills or subset of knowledge are not provided.

What can schools do to be ready for this curriculum update?

The new education policy seems to emphasize the development of learners’ skills. But it is too early to predict that this paradigm shift will lead to revolutionary change and generate a sense of relevance. From kindergarten to kindergarten to grade 12 to higher education, schools have started developing various skill development programs. However, schools are still below the bare minimum. Because if they were to develop an educational policy with serious implementation of skills development, the current model would become obsolete overnight.

So what is the solution you ask?

A workable solution? Strong integration between educational institutions and industries will help pave the way where those who absorb labor can state their requirements which can be taught through institutions and make fainting harvest more desirable for be taken care of instantly. A marriage between industry leaders and education experts will lead to a highly synergized, skilled and employable demographic.

Let’s all create happy, contented and skilled children that will result in a future skilled workforce!

(Rajesh Panda is the founder and CEO of Corporate Gurukul-learning and development company)

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 6:10 PM IST

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