Apropos of the column “Is India preparing her students for the rapidly changing world?” (FE, September 21), the fact is that we are living in an era of high-stakes testing and global comparisons, so there are major challenges ahead for both Indian schools and the government. The curriculum has to be such that it not only prepares students to thrive in a competitive global labour market after completing their education, but also promotes cultural diversity and the value of universal citizenship in an increasingly globalising community. Students, in fact, need to learn valuable 21st century skills. And for the children to be competitive in the future, is it essential that India transitions to an educational system that cultivates relevant skills which will contribute to global citizenship. As the author rightly pointed out, schools in India prepare students to be effective task takers, but that alone will not prepare them to thrive in this rapidly changing world. Emphasising test scores above all else not only puts great pressure on children, it also fails to teach them critical skills like collaboration, communication and multi-level critical thinking.
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