EdTech Helps Solve Education Gaps in Asia

EdTech Helps Solve Education Gaps in Asia

Education is always needed to ensure the development of a country. No wonder, many governments are investing greatly in education. Governments are expecting and wanting to ensure that their people are literate and hold a certain level of knowledge about the world. Not only that, education also helps raise self-esteem and further opportunities for independent living. As for a country, education helps strengthen institutions within societies, drives long-term economic growth, reduce poverty, and spurs innovation.

The reality, however, world education is still poor and is still in a learning crisis state with hundreds of millions of children who reach young adulthoods are still lacking the most basic skills like calculating correct change from a transaction, interpreting research, or even understanding a bus schedule. In India, for example, nearly three-quarters of third-graders cannot solve two-digit subtraction problems, and by grade five, half still cannot do so. 

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Another reason for this learning crisis is that because teachers are hard to find. Phyllis Lockett survey cited that there is approximately 1,400 unfilled teaching position in 2018 and projected to at least 20,000 more educators will be needed by 2020. The crisis is growing with the Economic Policy Institute forecasting a national teacher shortage of at least 200,000 by 2025, added Lockett. This, of course, might open our consciousness as an entrepreneur to help the government rise better in terms of education. 

EdTech, so far, is considered as a great answer to the problem

EdTech has widely known across Asia and has helped the education around the world. EdTech refers to an internet-enabled education system. In Indonesia, Ruangguru is one of the most popular EdTech used by many individuals in the region, reported EdTechReview. It is creating a line of educational content that assist students to prepare for university admission. EdTech startup is actually rising in some region of Southeast Asia such as Thailand with Taamkru, Vietnam with Kyna, and Philippine with Edukasyon. 

Reform research added that EdTech is more than a playing field. It helps reduce teacher workload and give teachers more time to focus on other tasks, such as fostering pupil’s social skills or one-to-one tuition, which could be transformative for pupils that begin school below the expected standard. 

For those reasons, there is growing government interest in EdTech. Damian Hinds told Reform that EdTech debate is moving away from a focus on new gadgets to one that is prioritising evidence and outcomes. This shift towards efficiency makes it a promising source of innovation. 

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