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Cambridge International, the world’s leading provider of international education programmes, has announced the findings of its Global Education Census for 2018. The study gives insight into what life is like in schools around the world today for students and their teachers. The survey was conducted with almost 20,000 teachers and students around the world, including 4400 teachers and 3800 students across India.
The results from the 2018 census illustrate a change in culture and teaching methods in Indian schools. This is a testament to the fact that schools are moving from a rote learning culture to one that focuses on the development of the whole child, which in turn will help students succeed in their professional endeavours. The census also reveals that Indian students are not only driven academically but also make use of other learning opportunities to pursue their own interests and passions.
Interestingly, while the survey shows a positive shift in the teaching culture in Indian schools, it also cements the country’s long-held fascination with engineering and medical careers.
The key findings from the survey are:
Indian students take more extra classes and do more extra-curricular activities than other countries surveyed
Indian parents have a keen interest in their child’s education
Medicine and engineering are the most popular career aspirations of Indian students, and schools are supporting them to achieve these ambitions by providing good support services
Indian schools invest in good career advice and health services to help students to achieve their ambitions
Indian teachers use a blackboard in the classroom more than any other country surveyed, however, use of smart boards is becoming increasingly popular
Most Indian teachers don’t feel pressurised to ensure their students perform well, but they are doing everything in their power to help their students succeed
Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director South Asia, Cambridge International, said: 'A globalised world means there are more opportunities for students today than in any other time in history. While this has clear benefits, it also means Indian students are investing in developing their knowledge and skills outside the classroom through extra-curricular activities and use supplementary learning resources. Indian teachers are also very dedicated to helping students perform to their best abilities and come top in the survey for their investment in time preparing students well for exams.
She added: 'It was also really nice to see that Indian parents take a keen interest in their children’s progress and it is equally heartening to see that schools are increasingly offering a health care system that focusses as much on mental health as physical.'
Lynn Eldered Menezes, MA (Career and Developmental Counselling) and B.Ed (Social Science) at HVB Global Academy in Mumbai said: 'It is great to see the Indian students are on par with their global counterparts, however teachers should ensure that homework and extra classes do not overly burden their students. Academic competitiveness is important and can make learning fun. The focus, however, should remain on the overall development including the Emotional Quotient which is more important'.
Read the Global Education Census 2018 survey report.