LOOPHOLES IN EDUCATION SYSTEM: A REVIEW
Education is a medium for modelling human actions by instilling in them the very ethos and heritage of the society, providing them with the necessary exposure to make their way into the world, and further empowering them to transform their dreams into reality.
Today, the influence of education is limitless. Humans have grown and flourished as a result of recent developments in the modern world. However, as the society progressed into a capitalist economy, the aim of education deteriorated to the point that it became merely an institution whose primary emphasis is examinations and enhancing the rote learning capacity of young minds. As a result, the society failed to accomplish the goals of education. That’s where the education system enters the picture.
Initially, when the British introduced the western education system, they built several institutions to encourage education, but it seemed that they were more interested in promoting Christianity than education. Later, they also rejected the native languages as against English. India gained independence and began a new chapter in its history.
The Constitution was adopted that made the state and government accountable for ensuring that everybody has access to education. Over the years, many commissions, initiatives, and programs have been established to strengthen the educational system in this diverse country. Currently, the people enjoy Article 21 A (Right to Education), a Fundamental Right, that makes it compulsory for the state to provide free education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years.
But here’s the main question: Are these laws enough?
What are the loopholes of the Indian Education System?
Down below are the answers:
- Outdated methods for teaching and learning have made education a difficult path for the students.
- The Hierarchy of Subjects followed by the system are as follows: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Commerce, Arts & Literature, and Dance and Drama.
The toxicity of the system is reflected through this hierarchy. Students are judged based on the choice they make from one of these subjects. It is widely expected and assumed that a top student should choose science, an average student should choose commerce, others who did poorly in school should choose arts and literature, and others should choose dance and drama because they are considered useless. However, the New Education Policy made reforms to strengthen the situation, but implementation has yet to begin all over the country.
- Outdated approaches and the hierarchy of subjects gave rise to another problem which is, lack of creativity.
Students are so anxious and scared, and they are afraid to make mistakes. This is because they have been conditioned to believe that if they make a mistake, either people will laugh at them or punish them. They refuse to understand that mistakes are a part of life and necessary to progress. If a person will not make mistakes, how will he come up with something original? Pushing students to focus on scores rather than concentrating on gaining knowledge is the core problem. This makes it impossible for the student to think out of the box and generate novel ideas, further magnifying the problem.
- Other issues include ever-growing competition and competitiveness, fear of failure, insufficient moral education, a wide gap between government and private schools, etc. that pose problems for the students in ways you can’t even imagine.
These loopholes have caused a slew of issues for students. The government addressed the problems and found the solution for the same through the National Educational Policy. The step is commendable as it recognizes the failure of the past system and has moved to rectify the same. However, the implementation of the same is still in the process. With the population over 137 crore approximately, it will be a challenge for the government to provide the amendments made in the Education Policy.
But, leaving everything on the government and not doing anything is something people are in the habit of.
The parenting styles are changing in these modern times wherein the focus is on supporting the choices of the child and not pressurizing them to get marks. These young parents are trying to bring out the creativity and not oppress them.
People need to work with the government and help them to help themselves.
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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