In a growing world of disillusion, discontent, and intolerance the inevitable question that comes to our minds is — does the education system actually educate us? Does it prepare us for the challenges of life? India, with more than a billion residents, has the second largest education system in the world. Counter to the image of India as a youthful engine of economic growth where many urban-based citizens work in some of the best technology-centered jobs in the world, males in India complete just 2.9 years of schooling on average, females just 1.8 years.
And for the small proportion who do persist through primary and secondary schooling, the quality of instruction varies widely, depending on the region of the country and whether one is enrolled in a State-supported public school or a fee-based private school.
High Level Of Competitive Exams Play Vital Role
Despite the highly inefficient delivery of public services, high levels of teacher absenteeism and non-teaching activity, many Indian students remain motivated to succeed on the college entrance exams. The high level of competition for entry into the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Management and other top institutions is enough to spur millions of students to achieve at remarkably high levels, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics. It gives another level of education system in Indian Society.
Government VS Private Education
The increased demand for higher education is not currently being met: only ten percent of the age cohort is actually enrolled in higher education. These numbers driven by the private sector opportunities abroad, and increasingly, back in India, will continue to ensure India’s prowess in delivering high-quality technical manpower.
However, when we analyze the current education system we find that the students are driven hard to excel in their exams and score outstanding marks so that they can get placed in reputed companies and earn all the luxuries of life. This is the end towards which our present day schools and colleges vie with each other to take the students. The intellect of the student is taxed to the maximum whereas the non-intellective skills like empathy, motivation, discipline, self-awareness are entirely neglected.
Ancient Education System
In contrast, when we look into our ancient education system, we find that the students were given an education that strengthened them from inside and prepared them to face all the eventualities of life. It was a holistic education that they received which developed their minds as well as their intellect. The students’ character was molded so that he becomes a responsible and disciplined individual, which eventually builds a society strong in morals and principles. Thus the most important aspect that is lacking in our present day education system is that it does not train and discipline the emotional mind which becomes the root cause of all the decadence.
– Mustafa Sadriwala