India is regarded as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. As our country got its independence on 15th August 1947, the state took the responsibility of looking after the well-being of its citizens. One of the topmost priorities has been providing free and compulsory education to all the citizens of the country.
The word education literally means the learning of skills, knowledge and information. Education is regarded as the key to success.
Illiteracy and Poverty go hand in hand. Education plays a very big role in uplifting people from poverty. It not only helps one to improve his/her lifestyle, standards of living and career but also helps one in handling day to day life issues too.
Despite our best efforts, our educational development still remains at a low level.
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The current education system is not full-proof. Time is changing fast; technology and research are making progress in leaps and bound. The present generation is completely different from the generation for which our education system was designed. The current education system is not keeping up with the current needs of education. We are in dire need of extensive changes in the Indian education system.
Our education system is focused more on theoretical, textbook knowledge. They are designed to produce employees. But when these students become employees then don’t have any life skill, job-related skills to survive and grow in their field.
Almost all Indian education is bookish. We need to focus more on practical, vocational training and experiences that should be our priority.
Indian education institutes need to improve their facilities, teaching methods, and teachers too. They need to change with time; thanks to technological advancements it is achievable. Now we have animation, simulation software, broadband, video communication and other related technologies which can assist the Indian education system to make massive changes.
Parent involvement is also very critical; they cannot just leave children to school and expect the best results.
Our education system is divided into two segments, Private sector and government sector which create discrimination among different segments of the society. Private institutes usually target the elite/affluent class of the society who can afford the expensive schools and do not compromise on the quality of education and the future of their children. On the other hand, the poor, send their kids to government schools where there is a lack of facilities, infrastructure and quality teachers. Private institutes have decreased the reputation of government schools, lack of government attention, scarce budget and few resources have further strengthened the negative perception of government schools.
Education is regarded as the key to success. There may be varying definitions of success but this point is indisputable that the success which is followed by education, will address the solution for all major problems existing in our society.
Our education system is flawed from the roots. Therefore we need a few immediate changes in our education system. A need is to work from the beginning i.e. primary education and then focus on the higher education.
Outdated recruitment practices and nepotism culture have brought incompetent people in the education sector and they all are collectively destroying our education.
Policymakers, govt officials, educationists, teachers and we the public have a responsibility to remake the entire system by introducing necessary changes and prioritizing this sector, only then we will be able to make a good image of our country and fight against extremism, poverty and social evils.
Thus, a good education is a must for an effective solution to all problems.