The present educational system in India has been widely criticized by academicians, students and parents all over India. This article discusses how disadvantageous this system can be.
The Indian education system has evolved very little since its existence. There has been very few structural changes in the system and even fewer changes in the syllabus. Generations of Indians have been following the same system and this same syllabus. Some of the only changes is seen in the syllabus where the portions have evolved from big to gigantic. Other than that there has been very little change.
The Indian education system is extremely theoretical in nature. Except maybe in pure sciences, no other subject is taught in a practical manner. So the students find other subjects impractical and obviously lose their interest in these subjects. People must realize that each subject has its own importance and it is being taught because it has the element of practicality in it. This fact is continuously ignored by the system. As a result, we have more of science-loving students. Correction – Only science loving and other-subjects-hating population. This is very bad.
The Indian education system gives very little scope for students in extra curricular activities. Students are made to think that extra-curricular activities do not make any difference. The truth is that one always needs to improve and showcase their skills, otherwise the potential in them would wither and die away. Besides, being good at only academics is in no way significant of the fact that the student is a good person and is capable of other things. After all, we all know that academics isn’t everything in life.
With a very theoretical syllabus, they do not apply or rather can’t apply their knowledge into their work or their life. This is knowledge gone totally waste. What is the point of knowing something when you can’t even use it. So, students in the Indian education system requires more time for experience as well as re-training which puts them at a clear disadvantage. They would certainly have needed lesser time if they were exposed to practical projects earlier itself.
At university level, there is so much competition, on top of that there is bureaucracy, quotas and many other hurdles and obstacles which hinder a deserving student to get into good colleges. The SC/ST/OBC reservations are a good example. An open student with say about 85% may not get into a good college but an SC/ST/OBC student may get even with pass marks. Also, rich people buy their children seats in good colleges. They might not be bright students and not necessarily deserving students, but they get in due to their parents money.
All these are major problems in the Indian education system. As a result, parents are more eager to educate their children abroad. This has further implications. Brain drain is an emergent problem and it can be indirectly traced to our education system. We send out students abroad and spend so much money abroad when we have so many good facilities here back at home.