Better education system
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India's education system has a lot of loopholes. Students are judged on the basis of the marks they score and the course they take for career.
High number of suicides:-
According to NCBI, a govt agency, most suicides are seen in people between 10 and 24. More than one lakh urge to have better life ahead.
Extremely talented students with very few opportunities.
We also need to accept that our government made lots of policies for the government schools which really did well.
I always think one question whenever someone talks about issues in government school.
Whenever a student passes out from 12th standard. He/She wishes to be a part of Government College. After the college another wish is to work for the government or have a Government job but no one cares about schools. No one want their child in a government school. Why? Just why?
When children of elite bureaucrats, politicians and high end officials starts studying in government schools from that day the 'bad situation' of government schools will flip towards a better probably become great.
I hope that there is a day when the situation improves.
School as a cultural identity.
More specifically to rural India, schools always have been a symbol of cultural and societal importance. Every single individual of that area or village had respect for schools.
Let me tell you a story
2002, A small fight took place between two students in the school and by broke the wooden door of the school by mistake. The whole village got to know about the fight and the door.
Next day when students went to the school the door was replaced by a new door. No one knew for few days but eventually got to know that the village carpenter did it for free.
The narrator comes to the present day and guesses that the situation is quite bad, forget about replacing the door. On a chilly winter night people will rip of doors from schools and burn them as fuels.
The narrator is quite on point. Respect toward schools have decreased not only in rural but in urban cities as well.
Its a long process.
India is a young country with very large population and to cater this big population is indeed a huge task. The top most priority after independence of the policy makers was just to educate our country. The whole process kept aside few things that might have been started now.
The aim was focused on quantity not quality but now as a large part of Indian population is literate the second phase of quality of education has kicked off.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela
Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 and 14 go to school.
A little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight.
At least 35 million children aged 6 – 14 years do not attend school.
53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate.
In India, only 53% of habitation has a primary school.
In India, only 20% of habitation has a secondary school.
On an average an upper primary school is 3 km away in 22% of areas under habitations.
In nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V.
On an average, there are less than three teachers per primary school. They have to manage classes from I to V every day.
High cost of private education and need to work to support their families and little interest in studies are the reasons given by 3 in every four drop-outs as the reason they leave.
Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V, its 50% for boys, 58% for girls.
1 in 40, primary school in India is conducted in open spaces or tents.
In Andhra Pradesh (South India), 52 upper primary schools were operating without a building in 2002, while in 1993, there were none.
In Maharashtra (West India), there were 10 schools operating without a building in 1993, this has climbed to 33 in 2002.
More than 50 per cent of girls fail to enroll in school; those that do are likely to drop out by the age of 12.
50% of Indian children aged 6-18 do not go to school
Source: 7th All India Education Survey, 2002
Our education system does not support imagination and curiosity. How the HELL are we thinking of generating scientists and mathematicians without supporting curiosity! If a 16 year old asks what is E=mc², he is told to shut up and concentrate on what's in his "syllabus". In a large population like India's, every person has a different mind-set. Every person has their own talents. Not everyone can become engineer or doctor. "Scope" won't come unless we want it to. Ours is a young country with potential beyond any. This potential needs to be explored and exploited to the greatest extent to bring India to the top.
Discipline and basic human values are also a little invisible in the Indian society. Children's upbringing should be of a manner where they are taught human values. That'll be only way to bring down the number of suicides, murders, kidnapping and other such "asamajik tatva" ( society unfriendly elements).
Removing these loopholes, concentrating on a education system based on human values, not judging the students on the base of two numbers should be our aim.
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