Indian students educated but not employment readyOn the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Pearson India conducted the “Voice of Teacher Survey 2015”. The group of teachers  jointly expressed their opinion on the employ-ability quotient of the Indian students and gave critical recommendations for the formulation of New Education Policy to permit Education for Employment.

While announcing the survey, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India, said, “Being the world’s largest learning organisation, Pearson has taken an initiative to engage with the teachers to bring-out the topical issues facing Indian education sector and suggest measures to transform the learning landscape in the country. We are glad that the platform is gaining relevance among the teaching community and this is evident from the growing participation of teachers every year.”

He further added that the Indian Government has shown intent to build greater industry-academia partnership by proposing a consultative theme in the National Education Policy framework. We are glad that the teachers have not only collectively validated this idea of industry-academia collaboration but offered a specific solution of curriculum restructuring.

The survey carries significant insight and possible solutions from teachers that can aid the Government’s discussions on themes such as Employability, Industry collaborations and integration of ICT in the framework for the New Education Policy.

The Voice of Teacher Survey 2015:

  • Teachers (57 per cent) believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment
  • Collective call by teachers (75 per cent) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring
  • Urge for industrial training of teachers (44 per cent) to impact employability of Indian students
  • Majority (66 per cent) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77 per cent) and bundled multimedia content (51 per cent) key initiatives
  • High costs (38 per cent) and lack of infrastructure and maintenance (23 per cent) seen as foremost challenges for technology adoption at educational institutions.

Teachers’ perspective at state level:

Percentage of students that lack the skills adequate for employment

  • Highest in Haryana with 67 per cent and lowest in Uttar Pradesh with 49 per cent.

Current assessment framework provides specific action items to teachers & parents

  • Highest agreement from Karnataka with 61 per cent and lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi with 25 per cent

High cost is a challenge in technology adoption

  • Highest agreement from Gujarat with 46 per cent an lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi with 25 per cent

Our education system is providing holistic education to students

  • Teachers in Karnataka with 69 per cent agree the most while the teachers in NCT of Delhi with 45 per cent agrees the most

The survey, organised in July 2015 – August 2015 illustrates the views of 5,387 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 527 cities and towns in India.