Why India’s Education System Is Failing?

Perfect Scores

Several students scored 100% in their recent school-leaving exams — but the system they belong to is failing miserably.

India suffers a serious lack of quality educational institutions. In school, students get pushed into one end of a disciplinary triangle — ‘Science-Commerce-Humanities’ — right after class 10. A caste-like system mars education hereon, science anointed top, commerce middle, humanities lowest.

This goes with routine, unimaginative pedagogy, discouraging students to conceptualise how history and economics may interlink or physics and cinema go together. Instead, students are lectured, hectored and coached, but not taught how to challenge assumptions, make presentations or do group work.

Things don’t improve radically in college — India’s about 50 years behind other countries encouraging interdisciplinary learning, individual thought — and the luxury to learn from mistakes. Instead, our universities continue tunnelling students into constricted streams, taught by few quality institutions, sought by many anxious thousands.

It’s vital we re-examine such narrow education. Just the numbers of perfect scores, even in subjective fields like English literature, illustrate how mechanical our education is.

Good education should open minds to think creatively and logically, able to process different kinds of knowledge. But by stitching students into tight subjects early on, buttoning these with monologue-teaching and objective-type exams, India does the opposite. This is often justified using an old fixation, namely education must equal jobs. Of course — but it must also create a society capable of creating jobs, finding solutions and innovating.

Suffocating education suffocates growth, lazy teaching and rote-based themes cutting off the birth of new ideas, new possibilities
— and new universities.

It’s essential our pedagogy enters a freer world of what good education is really about.

(Source: Editorial, Times Of India)

With thanks,

Rajneesh Kumar
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5 Responses to Why India’s Education System Is Failing?

  1. gere12 says:

    The education system of India is a biased grade based system. Grade matters above all forms of achievements in education. Practical application of the knowledge learned at school is a joke. So to say in Indian system,following a stream of art is not preferred by most parents in India. All they want is to put their children’s in a engineering or an medical college.
    I don’t think ,there isn’t any dirt of talent in India. the problem is with the mentality.It is when teachers and parents encourage children’s to follow their own dreams and beliefs, something worthwhile growth will be notice in Indian education system. do visit this article on how indian system is lacking in quality at http://www.freewillpost.com/2013/05/indian-education-system-is-joke-when-it.html

  2. Pradeep says:

    Your post is very nice. I am totally agree with you.thanks for share this post.

  3. Reforms are required for a major change in the existing education system.

  4. I am glad to see this article. I am also from education industry (own website http://www.edugain.com) and completely agree with authors view here.

  5. B.Venkata reddy says:

    It is right time to rethink about our national education policy objectives. Mr Rajneesh kumar is trying to bring this point to the notice of all well-wishers of INDIA. I appreciate his efforts and suggest some forum to take up the work of organising a seminor to give direction to all our leaders, educators, industrialists, social groups, political parties.

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