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Education system in India

Princy P. John 1
Since long,  setback of  the education  system in  India has been a muchdebated  topic. Education  is often seen as the means for  climbing the social and economic ladder. The education system is not progressing, not due  to lack of demand for good education, but due to certain intrinsic factors that are contributing to its failure. The systematic faults herein do not let the demand for good education transform into an excellent marketplace with exceptional educational services.
The general education system is basically built from an examination point of view. Delving deep into the relevant subject area has not yet been implemented in our system. The goal ifocused unto clearing  examinations  rather  than  tgain  knowledge,  or  do  research  in  a particular  subject. Retention power is being checked constantly with the examinations lining up. Students need to be more motivational towards taking up research of  a particular topic. This will ensure a depth in the knowledge rather than just a shallow learning. Focusing on skill based education is the need of the hour. If a person is  taught a skill, we empower him  for  a lifetime.  Knowledge  taught in  school  is seldom  useful  for  a  large  populace  in  their  day-today  existence,  o rather  even  just  after examinations  arover Still,  year after year Indian  students  are made to focus on cramming information. The best crammers are rewarded by the system. This is one othe fundamental flaws of our education system.
The system is still a colonial education systemgeared towards generatingbabus under the newly acquired  skin  of  modernity.  The enormous  number of  engineering  graduates that pass out every year has not translated into much technological innovation here. Rather, a handful of them end up running the call centers for the rest of the world. The goal of our new education system should be to create entrepreneurs, innovatorsartistsscientiststhinkers  and writers  who can establish  the foundation of knowledge based economy rather than the lowquality service provider nation that we are turning into.
Ocourse,  India  has made progress in  terms of  increasing  the primary  education  attendance rate and expanding literacy to approximately threequarters othe population. The National Council of EducationaResearch  and Training  (NCERT) is  the apex body for curriculum  related matters for school education in India. The NCERT provides supporand technical assistance to a number of schools  in  India  and  oversees many aspectof  enforcement of  education  policies.  Due to  its entrenchment in the education field, a lot oprivate enterprises publish free solutions for  NCERT books along with  their own courseware. But, whether this  in  itself  is  sufficient, is  something that needs a deeper deliberation. Should we not ponder over personalizing education according to a childs need? After all, one size  does not fit all.


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