EDUCATION SYSTEM IN INDIA : A REFLECTION

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Education is not about solving a few Mathematical problems or forming some English sentences , it is a lot more than just attaining a degree and graduating , it is about learning. But unfortunately , our Indian education system is all about running in a mindless rat race to get the maximum marks.

To start with, we need to understand that memorizing is not learning. The culture of rote learning prevails in every school/college of India. The best crammers are rewarded by the system. The whole system can be summarized as Read-Remember-Write-Forget. This is one of the fundamental flaws of our education system. The mind numbing competition and rote learning not only crushes the creativity and originality of millions of Indian students every year, it also drives brilliant students to commit suicide. In addition to this , the system focuses on grades and not on knowledge. If you cannot recite a poem, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a bad orator. Also ,there is lack of personalized education;one size doesn’t fit all. Some kids learn faster, some are comparatively slow. Some people are visual learners, others are auditory learners. Another drawback is that the system delivers education in just the four walls of the classroom, there is lack of  experimental learning, practical implementations or an innovative approach towards theory. When it comes to higher education , anything below IIT is not accepted. The whole education system is hell bent to make Engineers and Doctors out of children. We may have the most number of engineering graduates in the world, but that certainly has not translated into much technological innovation. Rather, we are busy running the call centers of the rest of the world – that is where our engineering skills end. The goal of our new education system should be to create entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, scientists, thinkers, and writers who can establish the foundation of knowledge.

The Indian Education system has been the target of many allegations from students, parents, and teachers. Students think they are overburdened, teachers think they are not paid enough and parents want their children to get 99.99 percentage.H ence , it needs amends. To start with, the syllabus should be revised. Interesting topics from all over the world should be added to the curriculum so as to make the students aware of what’s happening around the globe. All the other evils of the Indian education system ultimately come down to the method in which students are marked. The marking system should be reconsidered, it isn’t justified that a student is evaluated only on the basis of his/her performance for the duration of three hours of the exam. The teachers should be creative in delivering their lectures. The students need leaders, entrepreneurs in teaching positions, not salaried people trying to hold on to their mantle. It should be inculcated in students to follow their passion and make a living out of it rather than doing a job that their parents want them to do.

In this race to be a 9-pointer, one should never forget that we chose to be a literate not because we wanted 30/30 in practicals but because we wanted to learn, to survive in this competitive world.