Education is the cornerstone of any civilized society. I am worried at the fact that even after the completion of six decades of
There are certain problems in Education in
- Teacher Competency
- Content and Process of Education
- Quality of Education
- Lack of Retention
- Lack of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education
- Linguistic barrier for Tribals
- Lack of uniformity of syllabus
- Huge vacancies in Teaching Posts
- CBSE,ICSE vs State Boards
- Expenditure on Education (as % of GDP)
- Cramming without understanding
- Stress without desired outcome
- Teaching without purpose and commitment
- Education without creativity and knowledge
The point here is that we have not been able to bring about uniformity vis-à-vis syllabus and teaching standards across the country. In yesterday’s programme on All India Radio, a caller from Sonebhadra district said that she had her schooling at her place. Now, when she has come to
Our attempt , while bringing about the reform in the Indian Education system, should be to eliminate this discrimation between the privileged, not so privileged and under privileged.
My own experience in
Suddenly, the Professor stopped and stared at me. Maybe because, I was the only one sitting upright while the other English medium students had bent their heads down. There came the comment from the Professor, “Sardarji, why aren’t you writing anything ? What is the problem with you ?”. That was really embarrassing. In that tight packed class of some 150 students, I said “Sir, I am from English medium and I need the notes in English”. The professor got angry and shouted back at me saying that he will give the dictation only in hindi and since I have grown up, I should translate that into English and take down the notes. I wasn’t a master of English Literature and I couldn’t do it. That was my last History class.
I just want to drive the point back home that the problem in the education system is more than it appear to be. It was not only me who suffered but all the other English medium souls who suffered silently. I understand that we cannot have two different classes , one for hindi and another for English medium candidates. But certainly, we can have a bilingual class. But for that, the teacher / professor should be well equipped, equally proficient in both the languages. Now, here comes the question of quality of education.
The issues of Equality and Quality in Education needs to be addressed.
Here, I would like to suggest some reforms which we should bring about in our Indian Education System :
- Learning to be child friendly free of fear and trauma.
- Respecting the mother tongue of the child. (I favour education in mother tongue atleast till VIII standard but thereafter, English should be made compulsory)
- Abolition of Physical Punishment
- Ban on private tuitions by teachers
- Questioning should be encouraged
- Team work and community spirit should be applauded
- Encourage sports and Physical Education
In Higher Education :
- Introduce semester system
- Continous internal evaluation
- Abolish affiliating college system
- Set a target for about 2500 university level institutions by 2020
The emphasis should be laid upon developing certain higher order skills amongst the children , viz. :
- Critical analysis
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Team work
Infact, CBSE has already introduced the concept of ‘HOTS’ – Higher Order Thinking Skills, that lays emphasis on synthesis of knowledge.
Also, focus upon bringing about public-private partnership in the field of education.
PPP -> Better quality of education -> Converts Brain drain to Brain Gain
I am hopeful that in the coming years, the reforms initiated by Sibal and Co. would bear sweet fruits. But there is a word of caution. BE CLEAR ABOUT THE KIND OF CHANGES THAT YOU WANT TO BRING IN THE SYSTEM. Because, CLARITY PRECEDES SUCCESS.