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I would like to start this blog with a fantastic story that will voice the importance of education in our society.
The Blind Man
There lived an affluent man. He had all the worldly riches at his disposal.
He could avail anything he wanted. He bought everything he wished. But there was one muddle! The rich man was blind.
Although he could purchase everything one could ever wish. He failed to utilize those things.
He didn’t know how the world looked. He could not judge how beautiful the colors of the world were. He had everything, yet he had nothing.
The story helps us in understanding the importance of our eyes.
Education is as essential as the eyes. It provides enlightenment to our soul. It kindles our path. Education provides us with the ability to understand the universe.
Education enables us to recognize the workings of the world. Knowledge helps determine our purpose.
It is the sole difference between a leader and a follower. It is what teaches a man to act like a man.
So far, I have told you about the importance of education; let’s dive in and understand how we can improve it?
Step 1: Education –the Difference-maker Step 2: Where do we stand today? Step 3: Lack of Funding & Corruption Step 4: Poverty and awareness towards Education Step 5: Promoting early childhood educational programs Step 6: Funding Schools Should Be Our First Priority Step 7: Ensure Fairness and Transparency in Exams Step 8: Focus on Technical and Skill Based Education Step 9: The learning experience in educational systems Step 10: Modernize Classrooms (Infrastructure) Step 11: Removal of reservation/quota system Conclusion
Step 1: Education –the Difference-maker
“Illiteracy is not only a curse but an affliction! That allows you to be misused and manipulated.”-Abdul Rafay.
Education provides you with the wisdom to decide between right and wrong. Judging ideas without proper understanding is cataclysmic. While without knowledge, it is catastrophic.
It is not the leaders but for us that had led to the decline of our education system. Undermining the importance of Education is disastrous.
Considering it just a way to earn is even more dangerous. This has confined our mind-set to a narrow channel.
Students are compelled more towards wrong than right. According to studies, 60% of street crimes are carried by people under the age of 22.
At the age where kids should have aspired their minds with goals, they drop out. This indicates that we are facing severe problems with our education system.
The educational system in India is cultivating a culture. A culture that is far from perfect. We are suffering through tough times. Education in India needs a rapid revamp.
”Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”- Aristotle.
Step 2: Where Do We Stand Today?
Ever questioned yourself, Where Does Our Education system stand today? The answer may be disappointing; nowhere is the reality.
More than 72 years have passed, but our educational system is still struggling. Due to our old education culture and tradition, our development has declined.
According to the statistics, a worrying figure is that around 35 Million students of age between 6 – 14 are out of School. The future of these 35 Million students is at huge risk.
The dropout ratio from educational institutions is an alarming sign. On an average of 100, only 70 students finish their primary education. While only 61 students out of 100 complete their graduation.
According to a report by ASER, 40 percent of schools in India are functioning without Electricity! While 31 percent of teachers don’t even hold a degree.
The government of India spends only 3% of the total budget to improve the education system. This amount is not enough for a state with a population of 1.3 Billion.
”Education changes your bad today into good tomorrow”.
Step 3: Lack Of Funding And Corruption:
Finance is considered the fuel of an engine. It helps to operate the system correctly and efficiently. Inadequate funding has destroyed the Indian education system.
The government of India has little funds available for the education sector. And this makes the challenges immensely tricky.
According to reports, India only spends 3.0 % of its total GDP on the education sector. While the other developing countries, such as Iran and Afghanistan, allocate more than 4.0 % of their total GDP for the Educational System.
Corruption has deeply affected India’s Educational System. According to Research, India is perceived as a corrupt country with a score between 41- 49. Dishonesty has become dangerous for the development of education.
Weak accountability encourages people to take advantage of their powers. They make decisions without merit. It includes hiring or promoting candidates with inadequate skills.
Step 4: Poverty And Awareness Towards Education:
The sub-heading might have caught you thinking. How are the two points relatable? Do you know? Around 22% of Indians live below the poverty line.
This counts to approximately 276 million people. You will be shocked to know the other fact. The number corresponds to illiterate people in India.
These people live in harsh conditions. They cannot afford to have an “expensive” education, despite education being a basic necessity, isn’t under their consideration.
Poor people are unaware and ill-informed. Only Education can be a game-changer for them. Low-income families make their kids work in childhood.
They are promoting child labor. These kids fail to gain a proper education. This culture has proved to be disastrous.
These kids fail to survive in the harsh world. Studies suggest that 80% of male boys living below the poverty-line consume drugs.
It is not about those boys only. Their future generations face a similar or even worse fate.
The Illiteracy does not reduce but instead develops as a plague. A plague that is growing and harming people. But what can be done to avoid the vast proportion of destruction? The answer is simple "education." Redefining the education system shall make life easier for them.
“Everything that exists shall finish. Only if you root for its end”. It is this simple. The problems faced by India’s education system are numerous, but they shall be corrected if proper steps are taken.
You can imagine this by understanding that if a child studies till 5th standard and drops out in class 6th, then the investment in his education up to 5th standard, whether by the school, Government, or parents, goes wasted.
Such money is of no use, the child couldn’t be educated, and a non-educated individual is a loss for the country as a burden.
Step 5: Promoting Early Childhood Educational Program:
It is essential to improve the education culture for success. One way is to develop an early childhood program.
How often is it that people tend to remember beautiful memories from the past? Short lessons from your favorite teacher? A piece of advice from the head.
90% of Brain Growth Happens Before Kindergarten. It keeps growing to about 80% of adult size by age 3 and 90% – nearly full-grown– by age 5.
Lectures clarifying the value of Education shall help kids grow better. Explaining the different education culture shall begin a change.
Although the efforts needed are massive, but the difference they bring shall be worthwhile. Setting up educational camps for poor people is essential.
It shall assist in ending the differences along with providing them motivation for a positive change.
Step 6: Funding Schools Should Be Our First Priority:
Funding an Educational institution should be the top priority of a Government. The more the government invests in the Education Sector. Better will be the outcomes. Currently Indian government has a small budget for Educational System.
This small budget can only run the system but can’t improve it. Taxing could be a measure to raise funds. These taxes shall be imposed on wealthy peoples and Corporates.
The tax collected could be used to build new buildings and for the improvement of old ones.
According to the studies, Investment in Education has always paid back. It increases GDP. It assists with a better workforce, along with improving the learning experience.
All these changes will help in the development of the education system and the country as well.
Step 7: Ensure Fairness And Transparency In Exams:
The examination system should be freed from all unfair means. The government should come up with strict policies that discourage cheating and the leaking of Papers.
This results in fairness and transparency in Examinations. It also refines the trust laid in the system.
Installation of CCTV Cameras at the Exam halls is an effective way to prevent Cheating. The supervisors should be trained to conduct proper Examination.
These steps will help combat Cheating! And ensure fair and honest Exams though some of the states are already taking stringent actions against the violators. Precautions are better than cure.
Step 8: Focus On Technical And Skill Based Education:
Technical Education is a great way to sharpen the skills. The aim of skill-based education is to improve the skills of a student. The developed skills help in dealing with practical challenges.
Why is technical education required? Technical Education enhances Problem Solving Skills of a student. It enables critical thinking and helps in delivering better results.
According to surveys, India, with a population of 1.3 Billion, has only a 2% Skill Based workforce. While 96% of the skilled workforce in South Korea and 55% in the USA.
These stats show the importance of practical Education. Hence, we should focus on teaching practical skills.
Step 9: The Learning Experience In Educational Systems:
While it may sound weird, but it is what it is? Research indicates that 50% of schools in India are below the required standards.
It may be a result of inadequate administration or corrupt policies. It can also be a business maintaining tactics. All of this has resulted in a severe decline in the quality of students produced.
A report showed that only 39% of the total pass-outs are employable. It isn’t about students performing bad but the institutions.
Aiming at profits, institutions dwindle the learning experience. Hence, decreasing the credibility of the Indian education system.
Teaching is a noble profession, and Cheating by no means fits in. An improvement from the current state is essential. The educational institutions shall start to reconsider their methods.
Working towards improved means of teaching students shall help the standard of learners. Providing students with what they deserve is the least! But the optimal method of bringing the necessary change.
Step 10: Modernize Classrooms (Infrastructure):
Schools are considered as a second home for Children. Students spend most of the time of day in it. According to DISE India, only 60% of schools in India have access to Electricity!
Electricity stats have improved in the recent past, but some parts of the country are worst.
Would Parents send their children to a school without the availability of necessary facilities? The answer is, “No.” The government of India should focus on improving the infrastructure of schools.
The government needs to upgrade the schools and improve the condition of Sports ground in the School. Traditional Classrooms must be modernized with the latest technology.
Installation of whiteboards over the traditional Chalk Boards would change the look of a classroom.
Bringing these changes would motivate parents to send their children to school. A well-developed environment will make the learning process more productive and enjoyable.
Step 11: Reform Reservation/Quota System:
“Quota system has a basis made for the weak! Is it okay? No”. Replacing good with average isn’t okay.
The quota system was brought into action so that minorities can get their rights. While it had a noble aim, it had created vast distortion for students.
It has allowed safe leverage for “incompetent” students. The deserving students fail to attain a place. This results in worse graduates each year. Graduates that didn’t deserve the rank.
Reservations should be neither scrapped or enlarged but should be reformed based on ground realities. It should be based on financial condition so that it can help our society.
It is rather shocking that even about 70 years after the controversial reservation policy was presented, only a few of the truly needy have benefitted from it.
Meanwhile, the caste system and discrimination has not ended yet; we have a long way to go. But it is time to address the rising gap within the so-called backward classes.
People undermine the importance of readily available things. Merit-based admission would allow more significant competition. Students would have to try their best to get an entry.
These changes would enhance the quality of students, along with improving their determination towards studies.
Nourishment of youth is essential. No nation could succeed with an unproductive child. The shaping of young blood is vital for any development.
All developed countries have spent their wealth on the improvement of Education.
India shall do the same to attain success in the long run. Our state has all it takes to be the best. We only need the proper utilization of our resources.
Once the inputs are used well, the output shall be remarkable. It is our part to take Education seriously. We are providing it with the importance it deserves.
I have always been concerned with the development of our human resources.
Making this blog and starting a change is what I aim for. Let’s make it happen. Let’s raise our voice for our rights. Let’s work in Today for a better future!
“The roots of Education are bitter! But the fruit is sweet”.
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