Things To Know About the Education in India

I have been in the education industry for a long time now.

There have been instances where I have experienced extreme emotions that I didn’t understand how to deal with.

Here, I'm going to talk about a few subjects which we are familiar with in our education system but have not paid much attention to them.

Let's start with what is rote learning?

I have seen students wired to think that their success depends on how well they score in their exams when in reality, there are various factors that influence the matter of success, where its definition is relative.

Things To Know About the Education in India

This is known as rote learning, memorizing information only to forget it after the exams. Such kind of learning practices leads to unclear basic concepts that might be helpful in the future.

While we are talking about the future, let's talk about how the government is striving to bring a change:

Every person involved in the education industry feels like they are the real victim of the system:
·         students in constant stress and being burdened with excess work
·         parents running with the mindset that their children should score the highest rank
·         teachers wanting to be paid more for the amount of trouble caused to them
it might seem like a real circus.

In 2009, the RTE (The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education) act was implemented according to which each and every child should be provided free education by the government up to class 8th. For a country like India, this was a big step. It is mandatory for schools to maintain a 30:1 PTR (Pupil-Teacher Ratio) according to the act.

This is what India is doing, but do you know what is going on around the world?

·         Around the world, there are about 59 million children who are denied education due to various reasons. And these are just the students eligible for primary school. An approximate of 65 million are denied secondary education.

·         If this number is compared with the statistics that the Indian government has calculated, we see that about 3.5 crore children have not been enrolled in the education system.

I bet you did not know about the education system before the Britishers:

A man named William Adam made a fine observation that was recorded in the book “The Beautiful Tree”. According to the book, William Adam observed that the villages in Bengal and Bihar had about 1,00,000 schools in the 1830s. In fact, many other British officials found the same to be true. Every village having a school or such institutions was common.

Take a look at how our education system has changed since then:

Taking this into consideration, the question as to where we went wrong with our system comes into our minds. Now, even if we decide not to fall into such details, it becomes clear that the education department should be prioritizing changes in the curriculum, qualification details, assessment methods, and the participation criteria in classes.

Talking about assessment methods, it is a wonder how our methods of teaching have been able to survive for as long as they have. If we look at how gurus imparted knowledge in ancient times, we would understand the true meaning of gaining an education. Except for oral recitation, various other methods like storytelling, practical knowledge, introspection, critical analysis, etc. were essential for gurukuls. This doesn’t mean we can’t accept technology and use it for betterment.

Did you know that today, the Indian education system supports 2% of the global GDP, with 17% global population?

With these numbers, we start to understand that the urban population is running toward gaining employment through a more advanced education system. This chase needs to be spread throughout the country to contribute more than 27% of the global GDP in the coming years.

To reach this goal, our education system has started adopting new methods that will ensure a long-lasting impact on the students' minds.

A more technology-inclusive system:

Technology can be considered as one of the best things to have been associated with education. It has become possible to open up the educational resources for students who cannot reach the schools. Along with that, through personalized learning, the teaching approach can be altered according to the need of a specific student.

This could drastically reduce the drop-out ratio (23% in the nation's capital, according to the 2011 census) all over the country. Along with that, bringing about a reform in the importance given to ranks/scores/marks throughout the school and college life of a student could take off significant amounts of the burden from their shoulders.

Jumping over a hurdle to reach our goal:

The fact that Indian children move out of the country for higher education just goes to show that majorly two things need to be changed:
·         The level of education and its quality
·         The need to memorize information rather than understanding it practically

That being said, such information cannot be generalized. There are various schools and universities around the country that are striving to provide the education our young generation deserves.

Educational institutes that provide top-notch education, to its students, produce the kind of students who are not only book-smart but show great traits of being aware of the applications of the theory they were taught. Students who are well articulated in the art of speaking can form opinions that are not only unbiased but show a great degree of thoughtfulness.

It has also come to my attention that students who are given information by making it relevant to them, in various ways, make it easier for their brain to retain it, and use it wherever necessary. Take into account teaching history. Coming up with ways that can give them a first-hand experience to the incidents will ensure that the incident sticks with them.

Slow and steady wins the race:

Things To Know About the Education in India

Using innovative ways for teaching has been a major influencer on generating curiosity in students. This doesn’t have to limit to schools and colleges. Education and knowledge can be imparted by parents and relatives as well to ensure that a child craves for new information every day.

Education has to be one of the largest industries in the research field. Reforms have been altered, courses have been changed, and many initiatives have been taken up to formulate a stable structure of the education industry.

While the education system will always face some amount of criticism, the fact that the education system in India has come a long way since British rule, cannot be ignored.

The education system shall improve, one day and one student at a time, and it shall grow to become a system that surpasses all expectations!

Author Bio:
The writer is a career mentor and motivational speaker. Currently, he/she works as a professor at St. Kabir Indian International School, Gujarat. The school ranks among the top CBSE schools in Gujarat.