Can Technology Make Inroads into our Indian Examination System

Gopal Devanahalli, CEO, MeritTrac ServicesTechnology has disrupted the way we work and live. With AI helping us to plan our daily routines to the “T”, we have got accustomed to an easier lifestyle, thanks to technology. At the click of a button on the laptop keyboard or a voice command is all it takes to get things done. Technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, from banking to buying daily needs, online!

While the education sector has come a long way from the ’90s when technology began to make roots in all aspects of our lives and across every industry, the education sector has not been riding the tech wave as much or as fast as many other sectors. There are areas that still need considerable adoption of technology in this fast-changing world. This is something the education sector needs to actively work on, bridging the technological gap in the sector.

This resistance has slowly but steadily been eroding over the years. Institutions and schools are starting to adapt to the technological changes to better their teaching and learning outcomes. Boards and Universities, along with the government, are thinking of innovative ways of teaching. The usage of videos and audio learning materials have enhanced the teaching capabilities of teachers. Boards and Universities are looking for innovative solutions to secure their examination systems using technology, and they are also actively looking forward to going digital as much as they can.
Technology can be assimilated into the education sector in various ways. A constant worry that hounds every board or university is the security of the examination papers as well as the evaluation process. Technology can assist in creating solutions for easing this concern when it comes to securing examination papers or evaluation. Boards and universities can eliminate the possibility of tampering question papers by having the papers delivered barely minutes before the commencement of the examination. The question papers can only be accessed using an OTP (One Time Password) which is then printed within a stipulated period using high-speed printers. Such technologies eliminate the need for middlemen who can tamper with such data and cut down on the hassles of transportation.

Evaluation is one of the most important elements of the examination system, and the process is cumbersome and is a huge challenge to most evaluators who confront them since it is tiring to evaluate dozens of answer sheets in a day, thus impacting the quality and accuracy. There are bound to be errors and differences in the quality of evaluation and many a time, evaluators misread answers while evaluating and marking certain questions. With the infusion of technology into the examination system, evaluators can mark papers on the screen, where the answer scripts are already scanned and displayed on an evaluation software. AI technologies can ensure the precise summation of marks and ensure no answer goes unmarked if attempted.

Currently, parents are aware of their children’s progress either through the parent-teacher meetings or through remarks in the diaries. In the case of higher education, only test results indicate a student’s progress. Technology can help keep parents in the loop on their children’s progress as well as track their minute details like attendance, events in the institutions, and many more. To enhance the approachability of teachers, study materials, extra help or a chatbot to connect to a teacher can be introduced on the institution's website. Technology allows easy and perpetual access to data as well as for technical help.

With the active participation of the government and all stakeholders of the education sector, the future looks promising. Technology has the power to revolutionize the way students learn and interpret theories. The prospects are bright, as the education sector is ready to change for the better and be the pillar for economic growth in the coming years and empower the youth.