Flaws in Indian Education System

Flaws in Indian Education System

There is no denial in the fact that Indians are one of the most competitive people in the world. The mind boggling curriculum prepares us to be hard working and globally competitive. No wonder we have so many reputed Indians in different fields. The diversity of subjects taught to us in schools, including general knowledge, is making us well aware of the global scenario. The growth of technical institutions in India is 18 times than what it was 50 years ago {SOURCE: QUORA}. But we also have to accept the fact that India is still developing.  With the knowledge and skills along with the competitive and entrepreneurial spirit we can transform into a super nation. So what is stopping us from becoming a super nation?

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Firstly, every exam in India, from Montessori up to the undergraduate level, is designed to test the ability of a child to mug up and vomit in the exams. The competitive exams do not test you on the basis of your knowledge. They test you based on how fast you can vomit what you have mugged up in the last few months. Most of these exams are not even followed by group discussions or interviews. The Education System in India has an unrecognized lacunae. Months and years of preparation comes down to three hours of race. Mugging up and learning are entirely different.

 

 

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Secondly, the needs of children are ignored in schools. They are all told to learn the same thing in the same manner and approach . It is like a doctor prescribing the same medicine to all his patients. Being a medical student, I know how differently each brain works. Every child has its own needs and requirements. Not everyone can grasp things fast. As Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend the rest of its life thinking that it is stupid”. The children are not motivated to think out of the box. I was programmed throughout my childhood to think that good grades are a reflection of how knowledgeable you are. Now I realize how wrong it was! Moreover, there is little practical application of the things that you have acquired theoretically. This leads to an undermining of skills. Memorizing the words in a book without understanding the concept behind it, is the main focus now. Understanding is only optional.

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Thirdly, under paid teachers. Teachers have the biggest responsibility of molding young minds. They are changing the Future of India. They should be paid more than doctors, engineers and lawyers. Because they are producing them! Because of the lack of scope and low income, many qualified professionals avoid becoming teachers. Also the lack of infrastructure in several institutions with sub-standard methods of teaching is a major drawback. Government has set up several satellite schools in remote and rural areas which remain unexploited because of lack of awareness and concerns about the safety of their children. We eat the best quality food. We wear the best quality clothes. Then why do we offer anything less than the best to our children? The social disparity is another culprit.

 

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Fourthly, the peer pressure plays an important role. I have friends who wanted to be choreographers, movie makers and artists, and here they are with me in medical school doing something that their parents have chosen for them. There is serious lack of motivation for these children with special abilities and hidden talents. Their talents need to be nurtured and not curbed. Cracking a national competitive exam is not the toughest thing to do. But it certainly isn’t the easiest one. With razor sharp brains like these, being made to do something they never wanted to, is cruelty. It is a murder of individuality and art.

 

 

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Fifthly, the rising tradition of tuitions and coaching institutes in India. A few days back, I heard about a 5-year old taking tuitions for her kindergarten exams! Classes after classes and then tuition leaves no time and energy for a child to come back home and read what has been taught. Physical and mental pressure leads to hopelessness among students, mostly in the senior secondary division. Percentage of student suicides have increased by 26% in the year 2006-2010 {Source- Times Of India}.

 

 

 

Lastly, the corruption in India has also affected our educational quality. Bribing for good scores and leaking of question papers are definitely not a bonus!

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I agree the Indian Education System prepares us to tackle stressful situations but what about being knowledgeable?

We focus a lot on `what’ and `which’, rather than focusing on `why’. Macaulay introduced the English education system in the year 1835. Since then it has been modified 3 or 4 times only! We are in 2017, and we blindly follow a slightly modified version of a curriculum which was introduced in 1835. There is no innovation. Sadly, we have become puppets in the hands of the educationists. There is no focus on building a personality. No critical analysis at all.

As Keshav Parthasarathy said in one of his articles in viewpaper.net, there is a need of Policy change in the Indian Education System. It is the necessity of the hour for the government to take reforms in education, especially when we have 315 million students in our country . Also common schooling and a 100% access to schools in rural areas with standard facilities and absence of social disparity will help improve the situation. The biggest drawback is the attitude and lack of respect of the government towards its educators. There should be an increment in the salary of the teachers. The focus should shift from imparting robotic knowledge to everyone to a systematic skill based practical approach where the needs of children are appreciated and accepted. The competitive exams should test the aptitude and knowledge of students rather than testing how fast they can recall whatever they have learned in the last few months or years.
This is entirely my opinion on a few problems that my nation’s educational system is facing right now. I hope for a better India,A super nation, India.

Writer is a final year MBBS student from West Bengal and usually writes motivational blogs.She can be reached at tajwar.fatma1@gmail.com

Disclaimer: Views expressed are exclusively personal and do not necessarily reflect the position of Oracle Opinions.

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