He believes education should be about building new-age life and career skills.
Kunal Malik, the Founder of edtech startup PlanetSpark, is an engineer and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He has worked for the likes of Infosys and later Unilever. He has also designed and deployed several learning platforms for various employees. He has been a part of leadership roles in sales and supply chain, and has also led HR for HUL’s regional office.
Kunal believes that the world today needs new-age life and career skills, which translates into a need to change the K-8 segment of learning. This led him to found PlanetSpark, an edtech startup focused on life skills and engaging live learning platforms.
Kunal writes about the education systems in India and how they can evolve and change. He writes extensively on the model we follow in our schools. Kunal says we still follow the ‘factory model’ of education where kids are treated as part of an assembly line, learning essentially the same things at an ‘average’ pace of the class without much personalisation.
This ‘factory model’ exists because it's the most economical or sustainable way to educate a large number of kids together with limited resources. However, is there some other way we could try once things get back to normal?
“Until now, India was yet to experience the growth curve in online learning the way the US or China had in the recent past. The current crisis has made online learning and home schooling more pertinent than ever. It has fast-forwarded the adoption of online learning by five-to-seven years within a matter of a couple of months.