Quality of Education in India
Annual Status of Education Report or ASER you can call it, produces reports on estimates of children’s schooling status and basic learning levels for each state and rural district in India. It is conducted every year since 2005. An ASER of 2017 states the number of students enrolling in Std VIII has doubled from 2005 to 2015, rising from 11 million to 22 million. But over the years, the proportion of youth acquiring even foundational skills has been worryingly low. In 2016, less than half of those n Std VIII could solve a Std IV division problem. What does the above report show? Obviously, it shows decreasing Quality Education and we say, we are on a right path to development. Unlike earlier days, these days we are not focused on providing a Quality Education and rather do it just for the sake of it. It’s true that, Nothing Is Perfect, but the Education System we follow is nowhere near it. First of all, we follow an outdated system, consisting facts which have expired years back. Secondly, we focus more on physical gains, rather than focusing on the knowledge and Intelligence one should develop. For example, In Engineering colleges, most of the students bother about the Degree and not the Knowledge the course provides. This was proved by a study by Aspiring Minds last year that 95% of ‘Engineers’ are not fit for software development jobs. The Third and one of the most important things to be noted is that the education provided these days is like a deal. The students are rewarded for performing good in Academics which is good, but the purpose shifts. When students should be learning for their own benefits and development of intellect, they study to gain more marks, regardless of gaining knowledge from it. Somewhere, we are failing to understand the needs of students in the race of gaining marks. The students need support from teachers or parents or educators, who can understand and guide them the correct path. After all Betsy DeVos said, “Our nation’s commitment is to provide a quality education to every child to serve the public a common good. Accordingly, we must shift the paradigm to think of education funding as investments made in individual children, not in buildings or institutions”.
Importance of Education ‘Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private Hope and Dream which, when fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation’, is well said by John F. Kennedy as it is the reason, why US is the most powerful nation. Each one of us has got enough potential to be great and be an asset to our nations and the first step to this is EDUCATION. The only difference is, some of us get it easily and some of us have to struggle for it. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t be what we’ve always dreamed of being, as one creates his own opportunities and Education is something, which serves the best fruits once cultivated, come hell or high water. Today, parents want their children to get the best possible education, not because everyone is doing so, but because, they want their children to live a happy life ahead and achieve all their dreams. In fact, government is coming up with so many ways to improve education and make sure that each child gets basic education. All this is a clear sign of focus towards development. India is one of the world’s largest economies today and is developing at a very fast rate, taking measures to further improve as well as benefit people with current strategies. It is rightly said, ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today’. This statement makes all efforts of parents and government worth it, because both desire for a better future. The result will be development of the society and at the end, of the entire nation. Not only development, education sets the basic foundation for a person’s Imagination and creates an intellectual mind. It is not always about the course books a child has to read, everything a person reads and experiences, add on to build a powerful brain which is able to imagine and explore. After all, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, and this is only possible when you take a step forward towards EDUCATION.