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Can We Reduce Educational Costs?

Today, money seems to be everything. In a world of hyperinflation and economic crisis, any and every service or product is more expensive than it has ever been, including educational costs.

In the past few years alone, educational costs have hit the roof, and people have been wondering, “Which is more important, money or education?” On the one hand, we aren’t learning key money lessons in school, and on the other, we are shelling out for what we perceive to be “quality education.”

But, do educational costs need to be exorbitant to give value? Is there a way to reduce this expenditure? Let’s find out. 

Why is education so expensive?

According to the USA’s National Center for Education Statistics, the country has seen a 497% increase (double the inflation rates) in college tuition fees between academic years 1985-86 and 2017-18. This is not something isolated to the USA; In 2019, 84.72% of Australian schools increased their fees by more than the then-current inflation rate (1.8%). 

So, why are educational costs through the roof today? The answer is simple: there is a cost for everything. Today, schools and colleges have so much to offer to students in terms of resources and facilities. While these make the lives of students easier, institutions end up looking at them as a way of making money. 

Given below are some of the factors that affect educational costs and have raised it over time: 

Infrastructure

As mentioned before, schools and colleges are offering more infrastructure, be it audio-visual rooms or cutting-edge research facilities. While these may help improve the educational standards or learning process, it also adds to the overall costs of education. Any tuition fee breakdown will show you specific fees for computers and other facilities. As such, while students find these facilities as a stepping stone to success, institutions see them as cash cow.

Student services

Student services are something that most colleges today are focusing on. These include healthcare facilities and counselling that potentially benefits the students quite a lot, helping them remain physically and mentally healthy. However, these benefits come with the price of employing the right professionals for the job. This becomes yet another factor in increasing tuition fees in schools and colleges. 

Increased students numbers and aid

A basic rule in Economics is, “increased demand results in increased supply.” When it comes to education, the rule remains pretty much the same. In the last few decades, education has become more accessible than it was before. While there remain several communities in the world without access to education, the number of students attending schools and colleges have increased significantly. 

For instance, in Australia, the gross percentage of tertiary school enrollment in 2018 was 107.808 as opposed to 31.5 in 1988. The numbers aren’t very different in other countries. This has led to an increase in the availability of student financial aid. While financial aid has helped hundreds of students to fulfil their academic goals, it has also given universities an excuse to increase tuition fees, as they know the means are available. 

Resources and materials

Yet another factor contributing to the rising educational costs is the resources and materials given to students. If you look at the breakdown of tuition fees, you will find study material included in it. These are textbooks prescribed for a course that cost a hefty sum. While the materials may or may not help students on their learning journey, it certainly fills the pockets of institutions with a commission from the author or publishing house for the recommendation. 

Educators

Teachers are the primary cog in the machinery that education resembles. These are individuals that impart knowledge and turn students into better human beings. However, they are also one of the most expensive assets in a school or university. Universities, especially, spend an exorbitant amount on educators that are established in their fields. 

They don’t do so just to ensure quality education on their campus; a hidden agenda is to brand the university through the influence of the educator. The result of this little marketing gimmick is increased tuition fees, as someone has to pay when public funding is at an all-time low in education.

Inflation

2020 saw the global inflation rates reach 3.18%, which is interesting enough a decrease from 3.51% in 2019. Looking at these numbers, it is needless to say that inflation has been hitting us hard and will continue to do so in the coming years. This has significantly increased the cost of living and education. 

When teachers and other education professionals need a salary hike and resources and utilities cost more, educational costs increase to meet the demands of a society facing inflation.

How can we reduce educational costs?

So far, we have seen a rough breakdown of educational costs and briefly looked at the factors that contribute to expensive tuition fees. Now, we will look into ways to reduce these expenses to make education more accessible and democratic than it is currently. On that note, let us see which of the factors mentioned above can be avoided and how. 

Considering alternatives

For starters, it is time we consider alternatives to many things that bog down the educational costs. These include the way student services and aiding materials are offered. For instance, universities can outsource their student service activities, which can significantly cut down their costs. Furthermore, students themselves must opt for alternatives for a four-year degree through online courses, associate degrees, and community colleges. 

In today’s world, where education is rife with the influences of technology, employers are considering alternate skill certifications just as much as they would a college degree. Therefore, students must take advantage of this by enrolling on courses that benefit both their resume and bank balance. 

Hybrid education

Continuing from the previous point, students and teachers must consider alternative learning methods and mediums. This can reduce educational costs and make education accessible to all. One way to achieve this is through hybrid education. 

Now, this could mean mixing online and on-campus classes. On the flip side, it can also include allowing students to earn credits through external courses and continuing the college degree through these courses. This can help students save time and money while allowing institutions to cut down their resource costs. 

Sharing resources

We are all familiar with the adage, “Sharing is caring.” A fun fact, according to scale economics, is that sharing can also mean saving. To be more precise, sharing resources and purchasing power can save organizations thousands and millions spent on buying supplies—this is known as consortium purchasing

Educational institutions can take advantage of this and use the opportunity to collaborate with neighbouring schools and universities with the same order from the same vendor. The bigger the order, the more discount you get. In terms of educational costs, this can mean a reduction in tuition fees as resources cost lesser. 

Reduce unnecessary programs

Today, colleges with the most number of courses are top-grade and a messiah of quality and comprehensive education. However, the fact is, most of these courses are obsolete or run at a loss, requiring extra funding. 

While more courses in a university are certainly any learner’s blessing, it can also increase tuition fees unnecessarily. The solution is to cut down on programs that are an extra expense and encourage alternate mediums for those interested in the subject.

Go beyond the stamp

Perhaps the best way to reduce educational costs is to go beyond the stamp. Students, parents, employers, and educational institutions have the tendency to gravitate towards options that come with a stamp of approval. In students and parents, this means choosing institutions that are renowned and well-established even at an exorbitant cost. For educational institutions, it means going for faculty who are at the creamy layer in a particular field. 

In 2021, it is finally time to go for options that offer value instead of a brand. Educational institutions, for starters, can employ volunteers and unsung (yet great) staff to ensure cost savings and quality education. On the other hand, students, parents, and employers can begin prioritizing the value of education over a prestigious name on the resume. 

Education as a social service

Finally, education professionals should see and practice education as a social service over monetary benefits. True change can only begin when education is not treated as a commodity but as a right. This begins with educators going beyond monetary benefits and recognizing the true mission of education—spreading valuable knowledge and skills to society. 

Summing up

To sum up, let’s go back to the question that took us on an exploration of educational costs—can we take money out of education? Yes. How? With a collection shift in the way, we approach education and learning.

This is a change that may take years to reach completion and requires every cog of the machine—educators, students, parents, employers, and society— to contribute and actively work towards. However, when done right, this shift will reduce not only educational costs but also empower human beings as a whole. 

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Money vs Education: What’s more important?

Money or Education?

Money or Education? This seems like a simple enough question but if we think about it the answer to this is not that simple. The importance of both Money and Education is not quantifiable in our day-to-day lives. Money on one side drives most of our lives. In almost every decision we make we have to consider money. But Education cannot be downplayed either since it gives us the basic tools we need to exist. Let’s compare the importance of the two and see if we can finally reach a conclusion on the age-old debate.

The Importance of Education

Education is a key part of a society’s growth and progress. An educated society can think, choose and decide for itself. They can significantly contribute to their families and their society in various aspects. When scientists and doctors are working tirelessly to save the world, certain things can be put into perspective. It goes on to show just how much a well-educated person can contribute to society.


Education is the key to turn a weakness into strength. It offers different tools and ways to understand problems that lay ahead of us and help us to resolve them. The importance of Education starts when we’re a child learning how to communicate with others. It continues until the end when we’re old and reading the newspaper every day looking for new information.

The Importance of Money

Beyond the need for a comfortable lifestyle, money helps us achieve our goals and support things we care about most; family, education, health care, charity, adventure, fun, etc. It helps us get some of life’s intangibles; freedom or independence and the opportunity to make the most of our skills and talents. It gives us the ability to choose our own course in life. It provides financial security. With money, much good can be done and unnecessary suffering can be either avoided or eliminated.


Money can give us the power to make a difference in the lives of others. People who figure out what they truly value and then align their money with those values have the strongest sense of financial and personal well-being.

Education over Money

Money can buy an object, but not the thought process that went into creating that object. With knowledge, one can acquire money, but money alone cannot help in acquiring knowledge. Wealth might buy what you “want”, but education allows you to understand what you “need” to live a better quality life. This is evidenced by the many benefits you can get from an education that money can’t buy.


Money may enable us to control our lives but it is Education that makes us an asset to society.


Education is very essential for everyone to enhance their knowledge, way of living, and both their social and financial status throughout their life. Being able to receive a quality education is the birthright of every individual; limiting which is a crime.

Money over Education

The entire goal of Education in today’s time is to get a well-paying job which shows the importance of money. Educational Institutes will need to receive money to supply students with essentials. Parents pay for their children to study from the best institutes. Education would be at a standstill without money.


If someone understands the power they hold with money, they can help bring real changes and affect those around them. Money is a slippery slope but it can also bring about the change we wish to see in the world.

In conclusion

The question of Money or Education has been a long-standing debate. Even if a person has money, they might still lack the maturity to not be swayed by the glitter of it. A teacher educating someone about the difference between right and wrong could be the reason behind someone contributing to their society. It’s an old saying that with great power comes great responsibility and Education is the practice of training the mind to think.

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How has education evolved with time?

The education system all over the world has for the longest time needed a reality check. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven itself to be that check for nearly all world governments. When crisis strikes, the reflex of the education development community is to intervene in a way that meets the immediate needs of the students.

There’s a temptation to look for a ‘sticking plaster’ remedy that will provide some immediate relief. It has taken a long time and uncountable developments to get the Education System at the stage it is today.

It takes a flexible and resilient system to get back on its feet after being shaken it to its core. The major developments in the field of education have been about catching up with the rest of the world. An important part of how Education developed over time is how teaching has incorporated new technology or topics.


There was a time when teachers taught what they had learnt, the way they had learned. They gave little or no regard to the needs of the student. But with time teachers were adapting their teaching methods to meet the varying needs of the students.

In the previous post, we explored the purpose of education and how it has evolved over time. With this post, we will delve deeper into the evolution that education as a whole has undergone over they years.


The 1940s-1950s Education

The 1940s was an era of modernization. Education at all levels became better organized, funded and standardized. The college curriculum was more thought out and professional. There was a huge enrolment surge which also put a huge strain on the colleges.


India, in the 1947s was given independence which also brought remarkable improvements in every field including education and research. However, illiteracy remained high. Education was a prime responsibility. The Government appointed a Planning Commission to plan development in several sectors including Education. The top goals of these plans were:


(i) To establish universal elementary Education
(ii) Eradicate illiteracy
(iii) Improve vocals and skills with the help of programs.
(iv) Upgrade and modernize all stages of Education.


The 1960s-1970s Education


An educational revolution, the 1960s, brought around educational policies and reforms. The old subjects in this decade were taught in new ways. This decade tried to uproot rote learning, and to develop student’s minds and curiosity. Even though, there was immense growth in Education, creativity or individuality still weren’t encouraged. Students were prepared for mediocrity instead of being taught to think for themselves.


This decade was full of efforts to increase opportunities and teach the disadvantaged minorities. A lot of these efforts were successful. Even though the student count was high, the level of education was at a low in this decade. Almost every age group suffered performed poorly in tests than in the previous decade. This led the nation to believe that it was in an educational crisis.


The 1980s-1990s Education


The 1980s were a battlefield for the field of education. It was clear through a fall in results that students were learning less in school. The environment was instead rife with violence and drug abuse. The quality of education was suffering and a common curriculum was lost in an array of elective subjects. Lack of professional teachers received all the blame but the Government could not agree on how to solve the problem.


India in the 1990s was battling illiteracy with all its resources. The national literacy rates in India increased from 43.7 percent in 1981 to 52.2 percent in 1991 (male 63.9 percent, female 39.4 percent), passing the 50 percent mark for the first time. To improve national literacy, the central government launched a wide-reaching literacy campaign in 1993.

Using a volunteer teaching force of some 10 million people, the government hoped to have reached around 100 million Indians by 1997. Improving literacy among women received special focus. The improvements that India has made in education since independence has been substantial

The 2000s-2010s Education

This decade had so many educational reforms that it is hard to distinguish their significance. In this decade, the education policies in the sector plan to focus on innovation and better use of technology. Over the last ten years, Indian educational policy and reforms emphasized overcoming challenges;

(i) improving the low enrolment ratio in higher education

(ii) low quality of teaching and learning.

(iii) constraints on research capacity and innovation.

(iv) uneven growth and access to learning opportunities, etc.

Governments during this period planned to address issues such as funding, leadership, and governance to strengthen educational institutions.


However, all these changes have not been easy to bring. Efficient implementation has always remained a key challenge in all policy reforms in India. There are challenges in improving the quality and content of instruction. Our education system still lacks global standards. All this calls for a critical re-look into the issues and challenges of implementing educational reforms effectively.


Education now

The lockdown has opened doors to a new innovative, thoughtful but sometimes just out of the network coverage world. Education is a powerful tool for preparing people to progress in the global economy.


Ancient India has been a hub of knowledge in many disciplines. An update to our age-old Education System has been long overdue. However, we are still following the same education system used hundreds of years ago based on the industrial revolution model. Therefore, emphasis should be on making sure students understand grasp a concept, but rote learning takes precedence.

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What is the purpose of Education and how has it evolved?

Every single teacher has an outlook about what the purpose of education should be. Various issues arise when contrary opinions about the purpose collide. It is crucial to know that others may have a diverse point of view regarding what education should be about.

Why is Education Important At All?

There are various answers on what education is. However one thing can be collectively agreed upon; which is the importance of education, and here are some reasons:

1. Offer stability 

Education offers stability in life which no one can ever take away from us. By being learned and holding a college degree, we can have improved chances for better job opportunities.

2. Provides economic safety

Apart from stability, education also provides economic safety, particularly in today’s society. It tends to lead to a privileged job, and provide us with the skills required to get there.

3. Requirement of equality

Education is the starting point for the whole world to be equal. If everybody was provided with similar educational opportunities, then there would be fewer gaps involving societal classes.

4. Allows for self-dependency

The importance of education is obvious when it comes to being self-dependent. If we are learned, then it’s permitting us to rely on one else other than ourselves. It can let to not only be economically free but also make our own choices.

5. Make our ideas come true

If you can ideate them, you can accomplish them. Quality education is the most dominant weapon we can probably have. With it, we can make all of our ideas come true. There are certainly some exceptions, depending on what you are aspiring for.

6. A safer place

Quality education is important on a worldwide level than on an individual level. The reason being, it keeps our world secure and makes it nonviolent. It tends to train the nation in the distinction between right and wrong and also help people stay out of unsafe circumstances.

7. Confidence

Being confident is the foremost part of being successful in life. Our level of education is frequently considered as an approach to provoke our understanding. It can give us the confidence to convey our opinions and speak our minds.

8. An element of society

In today’s society, having a quality education is a crucial element of being accepted. It is supposed to make us a constructive element of society and a contributing part as well.

9. Financial growth on a national level

A learned society is essential for financial growth. We require people to keep on learning and researching to continually stay novel. Countries with higher literacy rates are also likely to be in better financial situations.

10. Help to defend you

Education can defend us more than we know. Not only on an economic level, but it can help prevent us from being taken advantage of. By knowing how to read and write we can protect ourselves. For example, knowing not to sign any false papers.

Evolution of the Purpose of Education

The purpose of education has evolved with time. It also differs to some extent depending on whether we take the outlook of society, the mentor, or the parents.

Parents primarily used education as a method of child-care as they shifted from farms into industrialized work surroundings. Then it was about potential teaching, providing skills and abilities that would serve them later on. In current times, it has become the instrument used to get them ready for the competitive nature of the employees.

Teachers used to work on a theory of strictness at all times forcing a set of principles and behaviors. Then it evolved into a hub of imprinting defined disciplines onto a kid’s mind. The prospect of education now is to motivate kids to learn and to utilize their talents.

Society has had diverse impacts on learning systems as well. Religious interests were a driving force in the schools. Ultimately it became more regarding government or political interest. Now it is in most cases about making sure that people gain on the world stage.

The purpose of education has evolved over time.

Education 1.0

The teacher will deliver content at his pace and in his way and we will learn if we can.


Education 2.0

The teacher will regulate how and what he will teach so that it gives us the best chance for success.


Education 3.0

The teacher will give us the resources and content we need. This will help us learn what we need, in a way that works for us. It also allows us to learn whenever and wherever we are. The teacher will then make himself available to help us apply that learning in a useful manner.

The Need for Quality Education

Quality education is incredibly important for everyone. It aids value learning all through life amongst people of any age group, caste, creed, religion, and region. It is the procedure of attaining knowledge, values, skills, beliefs, and moral habits. People necessitate getting high-level awareness concerning the importance of knowing more than before.

Education is very essential for everyone to enhance knowledge, way of living, and social and financial status throughout their life. Being able to receive a quality education is the birthright of every individual; limiting which is a crime.

Education is a crucial technique to get victory over every personal and social trouble. It is extremely important to everybody as it plays a significant role in our life. To live an improved and peaceful life, It changes us completely from inside and outside by altering our minds and personality. It ultimately improves our confidence level.

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5 ways online learning has changed our lives

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When the pandemic hit us last year, the world was turned upside down. People were left scrambling to adjust to the new reality: virtual workspace and online learning. The transition was anything but smooth. However, it brought upon a wave of change that was unforeseen for at least a few years. Today, we see most of the workforce embracing remote working and millions of students engaging in remote learning platforms. 

This leaves one question to be answered, how is online learning changing our lives and education?

The wave of upcoming EdTech

Before the advent of the pandemic, the EdTech industry was on the rise, with more students opting for online learning platforms over traditional classrooms. However, 2020 has seen a sudden surge in demand for remote learning options. Catering to these needs were several tech companies like BYJU’s, Tencent Classroom, Lark, DingTalk, and more, with new features and services provided to students and parents. 

Wave of online learning platforms
Source/ A wave of online learning platforms

For instance, the collaboration suite Lark offered teachers and students unlimited video conferencing time and other features like smart calendar scheduling, auto-translation, and many more. Similarly, broadcasting giant BBC indulged in online learning through its newly launched series Bitesize Daily, where renowned teachers and celebrities teach students concepts. 

Needless to say, students had quite a lot to say about the efforts taken to ensure a successful online learning process. This wave of EdTech has accelerated the much-needed change in the education and learning process, but not without its challenges.

Challenges and effectiveness of online learning

Online learning may be the future of education. However, the challenges in reaching the true potential of this learning system are plenty. Similarly, the questions over the effectiveness of online learning are very much prevalent today. Three facets are to be considered when looking at the problems of remote learning. 

  • Firstly, many students lack the resources needed to adopt online learning completely. Those from low-income families and backgrounds do not own computers or systems that online classes demand. This is only furthering the gap between the haves and have nots. 
  • Lastly, the variation of the effectiveness of online learning is a matter of concern. While studies show 25-60% more retention in students engaging in remote learning, the numbers vary depending on the age. This is especially true in the case of younger students, who require a more structured approach to learning. 
Online learning challenges
Source/ Lack of resources is the biggest challenge of online learning

These three facets show that refinement is required in the current approach to online learning. Above all, education, as a whole, requires a change, a revolution. 

Rise of a hybrid learning system

The current shift to online learning was unplanned, messy, and insufficient. Students today are facing several issues with the jarring change in the way they learn. However, once things have settled down, the way we perceive education is about to change. 

Currently, with the rise in preference for remote working, the future of a hybrid workforce is brighter than ever. In education, the rise of a hybrid learning system can be slowly but steadily observed throughout the world.

Hybrid learning
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So, what is a hybrid learning system? This is a concept that has been around for decades now and received a boost since the pandemic. Hybrid learning combines offline and online learning, alternating between face-to-face classes and online activities. Some of the advantages of this form of education include, 

  • Personalised education
  • Flexibility in learning
  • Instant feedback
  • Improved assessment
  • Saves time and money

From all aspects, the hybrid learning system seems like the education revolution we have all been waiting for. That said, the changes online learning brought into the world of education and our lives go way beyond hybrid learning. 

Online learning bringing a change

Education is in need of a revolution; this much we know. From rote learning and chasing grades to hyper monetization of education, much needs to change in the way we approach learning. The pandemic-induced shift to online learning has shown us exactly where we lack and what changes we need. 

Democracy of education

One of the first changes that the internet, has brought in our lives is the democratization of education. In the modern world, education is not a privilege but a right of every individual. Online learning makes this a reality with increased accessibility. 

Anyone from anywhere can be a learner today. With the increased availability of online learning platforms and courses, one need not be associated with an educational institution to have access to quality education. Similarly, one need not jump the hoops of certification to impart knowledge today. To put it simply, Freedom in Education is no longer a concept but is slowly becoming a reality.

In short, anyone can be a learner and a teacher; this is what motivates us at Tutor Here. With the creative simplification of learning, we wish to build a community that is inspired to learn and share the knowledge they possess. 

Learning beyond borders

Yet another change that online learning brought into education is dissolving the geographical borders that once bound education. Today, a learner from Africa can easily access quality courses from top ivy league universities in the US. Similarly, a teacher from China can easily teach students from halfway across the world in Spain. This increased accessibility is the magic of online learning. 

Personalized online learning

We live in a world of hyper-personalisation borne out of fierce competition in the market. One of the reasons this is a trend in the marketing sector is the love we humans have over personalised services. This applies to education, as well. 

Each student is different, and having a lesson plan tailored to their individual levels can do wonders in retaining knowledge. This is where online learning platforms play a pivotal role in customizing the lesson plans. Not only does personalization allow students to take things at their pace, but it also boosts their confidence as they are no longer being compared to their peers. 

Emancipation of students

In a traditional learning setting, students played the passive role of listening to lectures and taking down relevant notes. Their only source of information was either their professors or books. With the advent of the internet, students are free to look for information they need independently. 

Students are free to learn more
Source/ Students are free to update their knowledge without dependence

This emancipation of students is furthered by the approach online learning takes. Most courses require students to take the lead and do their research. This makes them self-sufficient. Lastly, with several specialization and training courses on digital platforms, students further improve their learning process. 

Taking money out of education

Education is an expensive affair. With the slacking global economy, the gap between people who can afford education and those who can’t is increasing. This is where online learning becomes a saviour. Online courses are significantly less expensive than traditional ones due to the lack of infrastructure costs that colleges and schools add. This makes education affordable. 

However, the highlight of remote learning is free courses that take money out of education. At Tutor Here, we aim to ensure education is accessible to all, regardless of income groups, by curating free courses through a thoughtful compilation of effective learning material.

Summing it up

The global pandemic has affected our lives on all fronts, including education. With students forced to embrace remote learning, the education is seeing an accelerated change. From allowing students to be more self-sufficient and personalizing education to making education accessible to all, online learning brings about a revolution in the world. How ready are we to embrace this change? Time shall tell.