In the Vedic ages, the “Gurus” (teachers) used to gather students who would stay with him and learn the ways of life and gain practical knowledge. The teacher used to train his pupils to acquire various skills that he would use in his daily life. In the current scenario, teachers teach students virtually via video conferencing.
India is a vast country with diverse culture. Hence, education for each and every citizen is easier said than done. It requires a lot of support from within rather than financial support externally. A few decades ago, an ideal Indian family would consist of a working father and a stay-at-home mother, the boy child would be given education while the female child would be taught to stay at home and become a good housewife.
This mindset has changed drastically with modernisation entering into India. The girl child is being given preference. Primary education is compulsory up to 14 years of age. The Constitution of India has assured free and compulsory education as a fundamental right to children between ages 6 to 14 under Article 21(a) and the Right to Education Act, 2009.
However the quality of education provided in the rural areas are different from those provided in the cities and urban areas. This has a direct effect on the number of rural poor who grow wings and migrate to urban areas to lead better lives. Most of the poor people do not have the financial resources to educate their children. Hence they will earn less money and this cycle goes on. The rich get richer which means they will get quality education while the poor get poorer which means their children may never step into colleges or universities.
The lacuna or the gap in the Indian education system exists because there only text book teaching method and there lacks a practical perspective in the education imparted. In top colleges in India like IITs and IIMs the quality of education meets global standard; but when it comes to primary education centres the level of education is low when compared to the same age group of students from other developed countries.
There should be a reform in the education system so as to increase the practical knowledge of the students along with theory lessons. Indian students are good at mugging up but the system does not focus on increasing the practical ability of the students. More activities that enhances the practical skills of students must be focused on. The future of India lies on its youth. It is the responsibility of the current generation to ensure that their future generations do not suffer and that the future Indians are able to thrive when put in competition with the rest of the world.
Much attention should be given to the future of our youth and the type of education provided to them because it will reflect on even the new laws that will come into place. Educated leaders are a boon to the nation and can be relied upon. They will make laws which are fitting according to the growing generation.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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