Last updated on 28.06.2020
In this 21st century, all school students must be aware of real-world problems, how to tackle them, and a few problem solving techniques. Schools alone cannot provide a proper platform to inculcate the intricate subtleties of STEM subjects:science”,technology”,engineering”,maths;digital and transferable skills”,like coordination”,problem solving and communication”,etc. Hence, it is necessary to have tie-ups with industries and working communities to give students a hands-on experience on these skills.
Why is this needed?
The very 1st question that would come to our mind is that why is all this knowledge important for school students? The reason is that when the time comes when students have to enroll themselves in colleges, many of them have no clue about what they are going to do in life, what they want to do as their career. Hence, they are left with no choice other than following the stereotypes prevalent in the society.They choose their career because someone has suggested them that this particular field is in demand today and has a lot of money gains”,even if they don’t know whether they really want to work in that particular field.
Recommendations from our side
1. Keep a record of school-industry collaborations to ensure the funding and help in proper planning.
Governments must keep a record of where collaborations are happening, the problems faced, how successful they are, and who lacks these facilities. This analysis can help government reforms that look after the allocation of resources and fundings impartially throughout the education system, and help educational institutes and industry to plan and have successful collaborations.
2. Solve obstacles to make it available to all.
For collaborations to be successful everywhere, governments need to address the structural barriers (regulatory and governance issues), information barriers (finding partners to connect with and understanding how to meet both school and industry needs), and equity barriers (ensuring the schools that benefit the most are connected to suitable industry partners).