The Indian Education System: What’s Wrong and What Needs To Be Done

India has managed to create quite a few well-renowned and successful doctors, engineers, artists, and scientists. And that would possibly imply that the education system here is pretty top notch, and something that you can rely on — well, that’s not really the case at all.

The Indian education system has a very flawed structure, and the cons in this situation usually end up outweighing the pros.

One of the main flaws is that the system generally just focuses on examinations and pushing students to get good grades.

What the youth is in need of is interactive and focused learning that challenges their brains and lets their capabilities shine through — learning that can prepare them for adult life and the future that lies ahead of them.

Students take exams as it fulfills a compulsory requirement. Rather than truly taking the time to gain knowledge or to better themselves, exams have become simply just a necessity you need to get over with to move on to the next level.

Teachers play the most vital role in all of this — they are the cause of a child’s success, but what happens when the majority of them aren’t even able to provide the basic quality education a child truly needs? Schools and colleges sometimes end up hiring teachers that are either not educated enough in their respective subjects, or are just not ready to set foot in a classroom and teach students.

The Indian Education System follows rote memorization techniques which just ends up leading students to cram material and then forget about it. There’s no real value to this — getting high grades is the top priority, and children are taught from a young age how marks in school and college will determine the outcome of their future.

As a result, a student’s actual potential gets overshadowed and forgotten due to the pressure on them to get good grades. A student’s passion, their actual talents, and their interests get lost somewhere because of the lack of support from people surrounding them. This ends up affecting students in the worst possible ways — they start comparing themselves to others, and to make the situation worse, schools and colleges announce the grades publicly which may end up making the students feel inferior or superior to others around them.

Schools and colleges push the idea that getting a high-paying job — regardless of whether it’s something you actually enjoy doing or not — has to be done just to support your loved ones. One’s ambition to achieve new things, to try new things and to actually pursue a career in something they enjoy doing is put down by society, sometimes their own family.

The supply of proper education to all students regardless of their financial status is a huge problem as well. Even after all these years, the government still fails to address the social inequality in the education system. Children who come from rich or well-off families manage to get proper education with top grade facilities, but children who come from poor families can’t even afford basic education as they are unable to pay the high tuition.

Clearly, the education system in India needs to be re-evaluated. It still follows the ways introduced by the British in 1950, when only three professions were in high demand: medical, engineering, and civil services.

To better the Indian Education System, everything needs to be redone — especially the social disparity that exists within the system. Education is a basic right that should be available to every child out there.

Government schools should be improved, upgraded, and given better facilities so that every child has access to proper education. They should also become available to people who cannot afford to travel, such as those who live in remote villages.

There is also a great need to implement more practical learning than theoretical learning — schools need to put more emphasis on subjects that are considered to be “extracurricular” and not given as much importance (ie: sports, arts and crafts, music etc.) Students should be allowed a more flexible variety of subjects so that they’ll be able to explore their options and find things that spark their interest so that they don’t have to force themselves to pursue subjects they don’t enjoy.

Studies need to be more fun and approachable so that each child can learn about different subjects in an interactive and engaging way. This starts with schools and colleges refraining from putting so much emphasis on marks and grades — they need to teach in such a way that children understand that your grades don’t truly define your future.

It’s high time the government makes education a top priority to better it for the ever-growing youth of this country.