Editorial

The Present Education System

The present trend of schooling is rather quick and early for toddlers. A child turns two and half years of age and parents are keen to send the child to playschool and begin the longest phase of a child’s life. The child learns to speak and develop various skills, and every parent has a dream that their child turns into a marvellous academician.

A child’s creativity and innovation gets hidden in the long monotonous and, sometimes useless, study material. Indian education system follows learning by cramping rather than knowledge. Practical knowledge is not where the school masters, rather grades and marks are the subject of significance. How irrelevant!

Undoubtedly, the awareness of other golden opportunities and careers came into light and people have come to respect those fields. For instance, sports, dance and music is given due importance, but the awareness rate is quite low. I have myself seen educated people comment on sport oriented people and discouraging them when they are busy toiling up the nights. To develop as a society and a nation, it is necessary that we change the way education is imparted to the newborns. Help them understand life values and give them the desired practical knowledge which gives them an edge over others.

Children are neither imparted logical reasoning nor encouraged to choose sports or extra- curricular activities as career. Once a child is successful in his field of work, then all mouths are shut. But before that, those always- open- mouthed people in the society doesn’t let you live peacefully.

In the age of Gurukuls, the child had to go to his teacher’s place named ashram and learn all the skills and build his personality. Knowledge wasn’t restricted to reading books and scriptures but overall personality development was given due importance. They were taught the skills that were required to lead a King’s life.

Over time, the education system has evolved and teaching- learning has become more systematic and compressed. No doubt, the subjects we study carry a particular significance but the real problem is about the style in which things are taught. To develop understanding, it is important that the concepts rather than marks are focused on. Children should understand by doing, not just by reading. Even Raghuram Rajan, the present governor of RBI, said that students must get a chance to learn by doing, not by reading. Almost all the educational institutions of developed and super power nations have adopted this method for education of their young generations.

Education must involve training for personality development and instilling values in a child which helps him distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. This way he will be a change seeker in this world, who would help change the orthodox and insensitive activities prevailing in the society. Though, a lot has changed in comparison to what existed previously, but still there are multiple things that can change for the betterment of all. Why do you think only a few percentage of people qualify the entrance exams of higher order even after being the high scorer at school and even the graduation level? Maybe, because marks are just the pretence of knowledge, not the actual statement of what you contain.

If parents are spending a large portion of their income in fulfilling the basic right of education, isn’t it the need of the hour that the quality of education should be enhanced? I guess it is.

Every child cannot share a common interest. Elders must understand that every child is unique and his talent should be enhanced and appreciated, because after all we just not require Albert Einstein, but also Sachin Tendulkar, William Shakespeare and Kalpana Chawla to make our nation proud.

The education system should be inclusive, leading to the fulfilment of the interest of all students irrespective of what they want to pursue. It should not be biased. Capture the interest of a child and let him grow in that field, so that he turns up the master of what he chose, setting a path for others too.

A huge change in the portfolios in the Union Government is the talk of the town. Ms. Smriti Irani has been removed from the Human Resource Department (HRD) ministry and she has been shifted to the less glamorous and not-so-prestigious Textile department. Her post has been filled by Prakash Javadekar who has been promoted to handle this portfolio right from yesterday.

There have been few other changes in other departments, Venkaiah Naidu will now act as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, a portfolio held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as an additional charge. Sadananda Gowda loses the Law Ministry to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also the Information Technology Minister.

But the biggest news has been of Smriti Irani’s reshuffle, because it has been a mere respectful demotion infront of the people at large, but politically more stories have come up regarding this action of the Modi government.

Smriti Irani has been in controversies from quite a big period of time. Her education has been quite a murky topic from time immemorial. In 2004, she presented an affidavit that she had a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Correspondence, Delhi University. But in the 2014 General elections, she declared that she had a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University Of Delhi which was quite fishy. She has been accused in the case of Rohith Vemula’s suicide, a Hyderabad University scholar, wherein it was claimed that HRD ministry was involved in the negligence to provide accommodation facilities and banning lower castes students from assessing certain areas on campus. It invited huge protests and mass demonstrations in the whole country. The mishandling of the issue was not the only blunder of Ms. Irani, she was also accused of altering facts in her Parliament speech. Many scholars and activists believe that this issue raised the alarm and was a huge factor that encouraged the reshuffle.

Ms. Irani’s two year term was challenging and controversial too. Even after losing the seat of MP of Amethi while contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, she was given such a prestigious post as per her calibre and strength. After the reshuffle, she exclaimed, “In the last two years, all initiatives at HRD Ministry have been towards increasing learning outcomes for students and improving quality of education.”

Let us wait and watch what this reshuffling brings for the entire country and the upgradation of the Modi’s government standard.