Below are the few points which can help us improve the education system in India –
- Free Education for All
Firstly, education, being a necessity, has become a highly expensive commodity today. Various institutions ranging from kindergartens to universities charge hefty fees. As per the Right to Education Act enacted in August 2009, education must be provided as a free and compulsory service but it generates supernormal profits. Most state-funded institutions are partially or completely privatized for the lure of quick money. Moreover, there is a strong preconceived notion that privatization provides better amenities for students. Indians also have the ingrained attitude of associating “more money with more value”. This has made the education system a commercial flea market.
- Right for Equality
The current education system widens the equality gap between the rich and the poor. Financially abundant students, unlike the poor, have greater access to resources. Therefore, they can tap onto better opportunities and achieve a higher social status. The system is skewed towards the richer.
- Creativity and innovation should be the major drivers
The education system is mainly based on rote learning. It is considered as one of the major flaws in the current system. Students mug up the contents and regurgitate in the examinations. Therein lies the question of whether the education system instills real learning in them. In the rat race to score high marks, students have lost the real ‘love of learning something new’. It kills their innate nature of curiosity. This, in turn, hampers their creativity and independent thinking skills. Innovation can never bloom from such a stagnant system.
- Education system should teach the value of life-long learning
An efficient education system should teach the value of life-long learning instead of instant gratification from achieving high marks. Time management, stress management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills aids in the life-long learning process. These skills are vital to face cut-throat competition in today’s world.
- The inner potential of such students should be identified
Most educational institutions keep their primary motive as a business and focus on having a one hundred percent job placement rate. This has forced students with the niche for fields like Business, Sports and Culture to take a back seat. The inner potential of such students need to be identified by the system at the earliest. A wide range of career opportunities are present in these fields as well. Equal importance needs to be given to all, otherwise, a nation’s growth would be lopsided.
- Government should promote Education
Indian government should be spending a huge amount for the promotion of the education sector for every financial year. The amount should be spent is utilized in various methods by considering the minority and backward class people and also for poor people facing difficulty in receiving elementary schooling.
- Systematic Education system between center and State
The education system in India is regulated at the center as well as at the state level. These regulations vary from state to state as a result we are having two kinds of educational systems in India, Central Board, and State Board. Central Board of secondary education is being monitored by the central government and State boards have their education board system. The Central Board is seeking affiliation that is managing a committee that is controlled by a trust and it should have non-proprietary entries without having any vested control by any individual or others. The trust approves budgets for the financial year and also for tuition charges and the donations incurred to this board exempted under the Income-tax Act as this is meant for charitable purposes for promoting education but not for pursuing the profits.
- Better Regulation for efficient Education
To Impart Professional and technical education system in India, a group of professional councils grouped and established a council called All India Council for Technical Education in 1987. It promotes professional institutions and gives recognition to courses that come under undergraduate programs and provides the standard development of Technical education in India. These regulations continue to show its influence in the Indian Education System. These constraints the educational sector helps in achieving excellent potential growth with high standards.
- Improvising School Infrastructure
India aimed to align with international policy initiatives to improve the state of education on par with the rest of the world. In 2000, UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met at the World Education Forum in Dakar and proposed the “Education for All” (EFA) goals – six strategic targets framed as a movement, to be achieved by the year 2015. By these measures, India had achieved the universalization of primary education in 2014.
- Sustaining and implementing high standard education
Various Universities and colleges spread across the country are not capable of sustaining and implementing high standard education to the growing community. Obsolete infrastructures in most colleges reduce the exposure of students to the coming of the latest and modern technology. While the world continually evolves to a better place, these universities lead the students into the dark where they are governed by outdated technology. Although there are several Universities like IIT’s and IIM’s capable of excellence, they are largely outnumbered by fake and low-profile Universities.
Improving education system is just the starting point in improving educational quality. A comprehensive view for building a strong, systemic, improving education, management, strengthening academic support system, better community, parents’ participation, measuring and improving learning outcomes in a continuous manner is the key to improving education in India.