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A Startup that connects rural India with Quality Education

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
By A Staff Reporter

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 clearly bring out the learning deficits which have piled up over the years due to the poor quality of education in rural areas in India. As per the report, one-fourth of class 8 students in rural India, are unable to read a basic text and even more in the same standard cannot do a simple mathematical calculation.

Despite the rural-urban enrolment ratio of students being 7:5, there exists a huge gap in quality of education across rural and urban India. Of all rural enrolments, around 50% of students drop out by the age of 14 due to poor quality of education. This stagnation in the quality of rural education is a major concern today, especially when compared to the advanced education available to urban counterparts. The rural education in India is lagging behind mainly due to the lack of resources, poor quality of education, outdated teaching techniques, unavailability of qualified faculty, and inadequate infrastructural support.   

As the Indian Education System faces a crisis in terms of the outcomes, Ranchi-based Ed-tech startup BasicFirst is laying a solid foundation to get over the crisis. It is working for all-round development of young students using concept-based learning and latest technology to help them ace school, board and various competitive exams. With the virtual classroom, online assistance, doubt clearing sessions, and unlimited content, BasicFirst is trying to solve the problems of quality, relevance, and reach of education across the country.

Considering the deficit in the standard of education being provided in remote locations in India, BasicFirst, has taken the initiative to provide essential resources to the students nationwide. It is the first enterprise in Asia to offer a learning tablet on rent to make quality content and experienced teachers accessible anytime anywhere.

The startup is on a mission to raise the falling standard of education and is empowering students through tech-based academic guidance. Started with a vision to make quality education available in the remotest locations of India, BasicFirst is catering to various academic needs of K6 to K12 students. It is an aptitude-based personalized learning initiative by a group of education experts, which offers post-school education and test-prep guidance.

The enterprise through a one-of-its-kind initiative is providing branded tablets on rent to connect rural students with expert teachers and a variety of standardized content. Using these tablets, students can not only prepare and practice online tests but also get their doubts cleared through personalized sessions with highly experienced faculties.  Unlike other players in the business, BasicFirst does not restrict the usage of tab only to its own content. Using these rental tablets students are free to search and explore any educational content available online.

By providing affordable digital devices and seasoned educators online, BasicFirst is resolving the issue of poor teacher-student ratio in different parts of the country. The learning tablet is equipping students with individualistic learning solutions and is making them self reliant. It is bridging the gap between experienced educators and students in the rural parts of India by facilitating affordable and accessible after-school education.

Commenting on the unique endeavor, Randhir Kumar, Founder & Chief Mentor, BasicFirst, said, “Every curriculum in India is exam-driven and students from rural India are left behind as they do not have access to relevant study material and post-school assistance. These students have immense potential, they just need a bit of handholding, right guidance, and proper resources. We aim to help such students who are stuck in a rut due to lack of expert supervision and are limited by geography. We are building a digital ecosystem within the country so that relevant information and proficient faculty is not restricted only to a privileged few. Our aim is not to have ‘education for all’ instead our goal is to make quality education accessible to all.”

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