Education is the most powerful tool that can change the world. It is not just limited to knowing but encompasses learning and understanding of different nuances of life. It is the tool that guides the people on how to think and not on what to think. This blog will now highlight the dark side of the education system.
As we all know, everyone in all parts of the world is highly appreciative of the Indian education system. It trains individuals rigorously to withstand fierce competition on a worldwide scale. After all, we all are proud of the fact that Indian brains are the most sought after brains in the world.
Our scholars have also time and again proved their mettle. They have shown everyone that they are at par if not superior to most of the students abroad. Our system has equipped us to be able to handle a huge amount of pressure and competition at all levels. Attribute this success to the rigorous training at school and college level.
Having said this, we cannot also ignore the dark side of our education system. Though it has been able to produce great gems but the fact that the number of such people is minuscule when compared to the potential and current population of the country cannot be ignored.
Reasons for the dark side of the education system
1. NON-UNIFORM QUALITY OF EDUCATION
This is one of the biggest bottlenecks in our education system. There is a huge disparity in the quality of education in our country irrespective of the level of education you consider. Everyone knows the difference between government schools and colleges and private ones.
Whether you consider the quality of teaching or infrastructure we can see huge gaps. In today’s age when our country is achieving new laurels on global platforms each day, it is a matter of shame that the majority of our schools and colleges in rural India still do not have basic facilities of sanitation.
Almost all government schools suffer from poor quality of education, coupled with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention.
It is high time for our government to realize that the dream of an educated India cannot be achieved just by taking measures to ensure that children get access to schools, they also need to ensure quality education for them.
2. NO EMPHASIS ON ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT
Gone are the times when the market preferred specialists for a job, in today’s time when the whole game is based on competition, it is the need for the hour that our education system produces candidates with all-around skills.
One must possess knowledge as well as good communication and soft skills to make a mark in society. Co-curricular activities in addition to knowledge have gained importance like never before.
Our current education lags far behind in this aspect as the sole focus of all our colleges and schools is still restricted to only learning the subscribed course content.
3. HIGH EMPHASIS ON MARKS
Another major challenge faced by our education system is its high focus on marks instead of actual learning. We reward students with the numbers they secure in their exams and not on their understanding and practical knowledge of the subject.
They are made to believe that the higher the numbers they score, the better they are at this number. Later on, it gets transferred to the salary they receive and the size of the bank account savings they hold.
People believe that people define their worth by this number. This, in turn, kills their spirit to learn and understand and encourages them towards rote learning.
4. TEACHERS ARE UNDER- EDUCATED AND UNWILLING TO LEARN
Another big problem with our system is its inability to provide quality teachers. This is due to the low salary and restricted skill set of the teachers.
These factors also come to play in a major fashion as most of the teachers in our country do not motivate themselves to constantly upgrade their knowledge and learn how can they make use of ever-evolving technology in this profession.
The low teacher to student ratio is also a major concern in the majority of our schools and colleges. Also, the teachers that they have only cover the syllabus in the classes and nothing beyond that.
The government currently spends only 3% of its GDP on education which is inadequate and insufficient. To improve the quality of education, the government needs to spend more money from its coffers on education.
5. INCREASING TREND OF PRIVATE TUITIONS
This is relatively a new trend in the country. But it is proving to be detrimental as the quality of education is suffering immensely due to this. More and more students as well their parents are nowadays interested in private tuitions and coaching after regular classes.
Though this serves as an additional source of income for the teachers, it results in less concentration and output from classroom teaching.
6. NON-OPTIMAL USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Though our country is continuously climbing the ladder of development, a majority of our population is still not tech-savvy. We don’t equip our Students with the latest technological trends.
There are hardly any schools or colleges in the country which can provide their students with the latest technology for learning and use. The trend of online education is on the rise but still has not gained the required momentum. One more problem is the accessibility of the tech resources to millions of poor kids in our villages.
7. MANIPULATED PLACEMENT STATISTICS
This is something of great concern. Most of our schools and colleges’ boost of 100% placement for them but the majority skew their reports.
Both absence and resistance from institutes to audit their reports from regulatory agencies also promote this behavior. This results in making the choice of the school for higher education all the more difficult for the student.
So it becomes a matter of debate when it comes to judging the quality of our education system.
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