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Indian Education System: What Ails It?

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A student who never scored below 90 in Science is unable to explain why sweating causes cooling!

How foolish this example sound but then how true is it when it comes to Indian students.

India is developing, it is in a phase from becoming a developed nation from a present developing one. And Education is the root of that development. But is the education provided in India enough for Indians to be called developed?

Here, education is more about theoretical knowledge than practical knowledge. A student is expected to memorize everything he reads rather than understand what is he reading. One is made to learn the inventions that great scientists did in their lifespan. But then what use learning those inventions will have in our present life? I guess no use at all.

Nobody in India discusses new ideas, new technologies, new machines, new paths to reach a specific goal. Because everybody here is so busy following the same old league that is: Memorize everything, get marks, get admission in decent college and then finally a job and that’s it. Destination reached! No creative mind wants to stay in India. The reason is The Indian Education System.

Education: Money making business

Nowadays, education is no more for the welfare of folks of the country but for the personal welfare of the owner. Teaching profession which was one of the most reputed and respectable jobs has lost its charm. Teachers are now more focused on the salary they get and nothing else. They hardly care whether the students in their class is getting anything in his head or not till the time they get what they want in their pockets, money.

Same old syllabus

One hardly sees any change in the syllabus of any board be it CBSE or ICSE. Same chapters in Maths and Science continues for years and years. No innovations and nothing are discussed in classes because teachers are so busy with completing the syllabus and students get busy coping up with the syllabus.

Luck factor in scoring good marks

Ideally, we are taught that hard work and dedication is the keys to success. But this doesn’t really hold in real life. One thing you need more than these is LUCK! Two students of the same IQ put same effort for their board exams, but one scores a better percentage than the other. The reason, whose answer sheet is checked by whom depends on their luck because there is no fixed pattern for checking too. And then worse to this is: In rules, there would be mentioned about the transparency of board checking but in practice, it’s all vague.

Reservations and Quotas

Two students studying in same class under the same faculty and getting all the equal facilities still have variation in their aimed marks to get into the same college. Confused ? Don’t be, because this is what is happening nowadays. All thanks to reservations. A student belonging to SC/ST just needs 30 marks to crack JEE MAIN whereas a student of general category needs 120 marks. How unfair is that! Just because a student is born in a particular family with a particular background shouldn’t make his life pathway easier than others.

  I am not against the reservation policy because it is to uplift that backward class of our society which can be done only by giving them reservations in education. But then just ponder on a thought, why to give reservations on the basis of caste ? Give students the reservations on the basis of their family’s annual income and on the basis of the facilities they get not on the surname they have.

 

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