The present education system of our country is the gift of the imperial British raj. The Britishers imparted education in our country primarily to produce a clerical class to aid their imperialistic designs as bringing clerks from England to India would have been a proposition of spending the pound to save the penny.
But the most important reason for the British to impart education in our country seems to be to impose and impart the language 'English', in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural country like India.
The British have left the country long back but what has remained in our country is the hegemony of the language 'English' which can be considered as a replica of British imperialism in our country.
In this backdrop, let us analyse our present education system of our country and thereby suggest improvements in it:-
- Firstly, when a toddler learns the three R's in his life, it is the bounden duty of our education system to make it simple and interesting to learn for him. I think, the best way to do it is by imparting education in the same language in which he was trained to speak in his infancy, i.e., imparting education in the mother tongue. This will improve the education system by making learning less cumbersome by reading and writing in mother tongue then in a foreign language 'English'.
- Secondly, further analysing the debate of medium of instruction, that is, English vs. the indigenous languages of the country, here it is pertinent to mention that in the last couple of decades there has been a mushroom growth of English medium schools in our country. So, it is also true that, there has been a large tilting towards a foreign language 'English' at the school level. At the same time, I would like to state that English should be welcomed at the stage of higher education, as at this stage of education in this globalised world of today higher education has a global perspective. Whereas to curtail the pressure of learning a foreign language by a toddler is not welcomed as it puts utmost-pressure at a very tender age to cope up with an alien language.
- Thirdly, today's education system is more marks centric then instead of giving stress on innovation, knowledge and creativity. Recently many eye-brows were raised in our country over the awarding of grace marks by C.B.S.E. and by the state board in states like Assam in Xth and XIIth final examinations. These make-shift arrangements to make more students to clear the bar of Xth and XIIth standard examination is as a whole suicidal. That is why in the recent past many students were able to secure or cleared Xth and XIIth standard examinations with flying colours but his/her voyage of success has halted after that. In this regard, I would like to suggest that, our education system should be made knowledge centric rather than making it marks centric by giving more stress on a student's scholastic achievements which are linked with innovative thinking, creativity, etc. Rather than becoming rich by reading a branch of study or subject, a student in our education system should try to enrich that branch of study via fundamental research and innovation.
- I think, at the present time in our education system there is more stress on studying less in life and earning more or most in life by the common masses. In this land of luminaries like Chanakya, Kabir, Swami Vivekananda and numerous other saints who have enriched this land India via their knowledge in the past, but at the present time, we see most of us study to join the rat-race of white collar jobs. That is why we have many degree-holders in our country but few Steve Jobs or Mark Zukerberger in this country. In this regard we should ponder whether we, via our present education system, we have been able to carry on the legacy of the past and if not we must introspect what has gone wrong. We all Indians to overcome the present stalemate of our education system, we all need to stand up and start a start up campaign in our country.
- The greatest goal that our education system should achieve to make it worthy for the times to come is to make it morally sound for the learners by imbibing in it a sense of moral discipline among the teacher-taught combine. Values at present in the Indian society are at crossroads. So is the educated masses are at a cobweb of confusion over whether to be a vivid knowledge-seeker or a vivid wealth-seeker in his/her life. In this regard what I would like to say to them is that wealth is worldly but what is divine in life is knowledge. Knowledge which takes us to the path of divinity should be welcomed by one and all. I think, we all Indians should remember that in any education system knowledge is all pervasive whereas pomp and gaiety brought in by wealth is just a corollary to it.
In a nutshell, I would like to say that the most important improvement in our education system that I would like to bring in it is to encompass one and all by making it affordable and accessible to them. In this endeavour, in a developing country like ours we should focus on its universality or in other words, bringing it to the door steps of every Indians. I think in this regard, we all Indians including our policy makers should try to make universal education in our country as achievable as achievable it has been universal suffrage, in our country. On the contrary, our education system will become penny wise and pound foolish type of a concept in our country.
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