Reform India's education system to focus on ethics and mental health.

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Dear Sir,

India's education system has been facing systematic problem of lack of training in ethics and mental health. The consequences of this are severe making India a very corrupt and dysfunctional society. Some instances are:

India continues to be among the most corrupt countries (the 81st most corrupt country in the world), according to a 2017 report by Transparency International. 

India is ranked 125 of 159 countries in the Gender Inequality Index (GII) 2016.

India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29, according to a 2012 Lancet report. Every hour, one student commits suicide in India, according to 2015 data (the latest available) from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

More than 22% of India’s population over 18 years suffers from a substance disorder, including alcoholism, moderate to severe use of tobacco and drug abuse (illicit and pharma drugs), according to the National Mental Health Survey, 2015-16, conducted across 12 states.

In order to remove these painful dysfunctions from our society, we propose that a course on "Life skills" which will include topics on ethics and mental health, apart from communication skill, leadership, entrepreneurship, social skills, etc. should be introduced throughout our education system from nursery to class XII and well-trained teachers (psychologists) should take this course to train our students in ethics and mental health and other aspects of life skills properly so that they become wholesome beings.


Concerned citizens