Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The situation of our Education system

"Life is race, if you don't run fast, someone will trample you and run ahead."

When this was said in the 3 Idiots movie, it immediately became a quote, not because of the way it was said or the person who said it but because there was a huge amount of truth in it. We are made to study right from the schools even when we don't understand why? A question that gets answered by the race we are in this life.

A race which starts right from our Pre-schools
The central and most state boards uniformly follow the "10+2+3/4" pattern of education. In this pattern, 10 years of primary and secondary education is followed by 2 years of higher secondary (usually in schools having the higher secondary facility, or in colleges), and then 3/4 years of college education for a bachelor's degree. This pattern originated from the recommendation the Education Commission of 1964–66.  Isn’t it time to modify it?

How much of this means in real life is quite questionable. This system of education may increase our country’s literacy rate but would that solve the various other problem of our country. The basic problem that our country faces is a lack of knowledge in what we do. There is a difference between an educated guy and a literate guy. An educated guy knows what he is doing, unlike the literate guy who is just trained to follow. The dictionary defines literate as ‘ability to read and write’ while to be educated means to have complete knowledge mentally and morally. We already have literate people all over our country. In India, there is no deficiency of such people. From politicians to government offices to schools we can find these people everywhere.

What this means is they take their job carelessly as they seldom know the importance of their work. Education has been a problem in our country and lack of it has been blamed for all sorts of evil for hundreds of years. From depriving girls of education to backward caste there have always been unwanted elements. Creating a few more schools or allowing hundreds of colleges and private universities to grow hastily is not going to solve the problem of education in India

We have IITs, IIMs, medical schools, and other institutions of excellence; students now score 80-90% marks easily but has it changed the ideology of people. The new education system has made some people competitive such that even students with 90+ percentage find it difficult to get into the colleges of their choice. In this nation, millions of students are prey to an unlikely, pointless, monotonous survival race. In a country where education is looked at as the climbing ladder for socially and economically backward people it isn’t helping them most of the time. While it is true that education can take you up, it is the quality of it that matters. Most of the institutes are geared to teach book written knowledge; the reality is we need people who have the skills and the attitude to be successful.
Creativity shouldn't be curbed off for better grades.
Education system in India is failing because of more basic reasons like corruption in the system, lack of technology infrastructure, terrible teachers, etc. If only our report cards would include marks for creativity, social intelligence, behaviors, etc. right from childhood, the race would have been much easier.

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