“We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
India being the third largest higher education system in the world doesn’t seem to be fit enough in the race. With the population of over billions, we are supposed to be a country of substance; instead we are way too hollow from within. We live in a country where the literacy rate depends on whether someone can scribble his name properly or not. Is that what you call getting educated? I am sure many people are not even aware about the current scenario of our country; most of them don’t even know the name of the politicians ruling our country. And we still call ourselves educated!! How many of us are aware of what is right and wrong? How many of us actually live our dream that we knitted quite meticulously since childhood? The reason for such a contrasting situation is the extremely low quality of education in India, owing mainly due to a weak schooling system.
Although India’s national literacy rate currently exceeds 75%, a study finds that only 53.4% children in Standard V can read a Standard II-level text, and that nationally there has been a decline in the children’s ability to do basic math. Another study by NASSCOM finds that 75% of technical graduates and more than 85% of general graduates are unemployable. The problem with the present Indian education system is that it is delivering a huge quantity of output, in the name of educated populace, with poor quality.
This alarming situation is due to the unavailability of skilled teachers, the lack of determination among the existing teachers to teach effectively, the poor physical infrastructure in the country, and a low level of parents’ involvement toward their children’s education. The deteriorating trend in the educational system continues largely because of the lethargy and mismanagement of the public schooling system which accounts for nearly 80% of all schools.
Despite many efforts from the government to revitalize the public education system, the quality of public education is dwindling. Consequently, enrollment in private schools, colleges, and universities, is on the rise. For instance, a recent study finds that in the city of Hyderabad, 73% of families in slum areas send their children to private school. A general realization is that the return on investment in the private schools/colleges is much higher as compared to the government schools and colleges, with a few exceptions.
In our country most of the teachers are those who didn’t get any other job so they ended up in this field. Frankly speaking, they don’t teach for the betterment of the students. They teach for the sake of teaching and to get a good salary at the end of every month. So that they can survive in this world. If only we had teachers who always wanted to be one, our education system would have been different totally. I have come across so many teachers who are good for nothing. They lack the determination and motivation to teach, and that’s where the main problem lies. Adding insult to injury,government schools are totally mismanaged and inefficient. Condition in colleges are no different. It prepares us for exams and not for life.
Poor education is the crux to majority of our problems like poverty, unemployment, exploitation,corruption etc. If the quality of education is good, it will have a far-reaching impact on Indian Economy. People having proper education will be more employable and hence the percentage of unemployment would decline, boosting the Indian economy.
Proper education will not only help the Indian economy but also help people achieve their dreams. Both of them are actually interconnected. Achieving our dream would certainly help the Indian economy in some way. Every year we celebrate Independence Day but we are still the slaves of foreign powers. Most of us go for MNCs instead of joining some India based firm, why???Why have we produced only handful of world class organizations??Why our premier institutes(say IITs) find it difficult to make it into top colleges worldwide? We need a holistic approach to our education.If we impart quality education, we may create a pool of entrepreneurs, who instead of finding jobs,create jobs. Why can’t we produce legends like Mark Zukerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Job, who believed in creating something of their own instead of following someone’s footsteps. Of course our education system has to share a majority of blame. We have plethora of indigenous industries, which can excel at global arena. What we lack is the face, the value system, the skillet; which converts a business into a phenomena. Samsung is a well-known company of electronic gadgets but very few know the fact that they actually started importing and exporting fish. If a company selling fish, can today challenge likes of apple, why can’t we? I not at all advocate that we don’t have entrepreneurs. But unfortunately form the minority. They had to fight the existing system to become what they are. We want a more supportive ecosystem. Improve the quality of education and all things would follow.
Wake India Now!!!
Its NOW or NEVER!!
Its NOW or NEVER!!