How is Artificial Intelligence Impacting the Education Sector

As technology advances, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are slowly becoming an integral part of the education sector. It has also been noticed that ed-tech platforms use technology as a business strategy enhancing tool.

Ed-tech platforms have used AI and ML to improve productivity and accuracy in career counselling, exam invigilation, etc. AI and ML can be a good option for students.

Furthermore, AI and ML are now being used to conduct several tests online as it gives the option to invigilate the test remotely. An AI algorithm can analyse the authenticity and accuracy of the examination based on photographs taken during an interval. 

Even though tech-based education may upskill students, many experts believe that technology-enabled education has several challenges and risk factors. According to the ministry report on school education 2020-21, post the COVID-19 pandemic, the students’ dropout rate increased from 2.6% to 8.9%. This happened mainly due to irregular online classes and the closure of schools. In rural India, accessibility remains a point of contention resulting in a digital divide.

Whenever a new technology is implemented, there will be a magnification of inequality. Places with no internet devices and poor connectivity issues will suffer. The government and Non-government organisations (NGOs) need to intervene to look at ways to fix these issues.

On the other hand, as per a recent study done, AI and ML are being considered the two most important strategic technologies in addition to cybersecurity. As per the report, up to 72% of the participants have mentioned that AI and ML are part of their IT strategy, business strategy, or both. It looked like the financial market-based companies could benefit from AI and ML the most in the initial days. However, now even heavy machinery is opening up to AI and ML to assess and solve the problems with more accuracy.

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