Google has been asked to clarify its stance on a new search engine that seeks to “connect students with their learning environment”.
The company, which has been criticized for its use of Google AdWords, has been asking students to log into their Google accounts to access their learning resources and has also asked for a list of all teachers who have registered their schools with Google.
In a blog post, Google said it is working on a more comprehensive search engine to help students “learn the world and connect with each other online”.
“It’s important for students to learn about what’s out there, how it works, and the tools they need to access the information they need,” the post said.
“Google’s search engine will help students understand what’s available and make decisions based on that knowledge.”
The new search has come at a time when India is facing a shortage of qualified teachers.
A survey by the National Council for Qualification and Education, conducted in 2015, found that of the 1,500 teachers who had submitted their qualifications for admission to colleges and universities in the country, only 1.5 per cent of them were qualified to teach in Indian cities.
“It is important for us to provide our students with the right resources to learn,” Google said.
The company said it will continue to work with teachers to ensure the new search platform works well for students.
“We will continue our work with school boards and colleges to ensure that the search engine is accessible to our students,” Google wrote.