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Our Education System Needs An Overhaul

The world education means to inculcate moral values, positive thinking, attitude of helping others, positive thinking, etc., in others, particularly students. Imparting to others what one has learnt is also education. Education is the weapon of the strong. It makes a society truly civilized. Since time immemorial, the main focus has been on education. However, in the present, real education is lost into oblivion. Today, education is all about getting a job, becoming rich by hook or crook, having a settled life with every kind of extravaganza, well-settled children after marriage, memorizing things, etc. It is not the malaise of a single day; rather it is the rot that has raised its ugly head after remaining inactive for a long time.

There are many causes responsible for this messy situation. Both internal and external causes are responsible. Moreover, there are some other apparent causes responsible for this. The first is rote learning. Today education is all about rote learning. Without understanding what the students are cramming up, the students appear in the exams. The question papers are also set according to a particular manner. In this way, students are unable to look at the diversity of education They become the frogs of the narrow wells, with no exposure. The second is cut-throat competition. At any rate, a student is asked to clear this and that examination. However, that is secondary thing, if he or she is willing to do it or not. In our society, getting more than 90 percent in the matriculation examination and clearing the NEET OR JEE, have become the trend marks. Any student who fails in this illogical competition, is deemed unfit for living. Education means facing the challenges of life and striving for solutions. It is not about qualifying examinations. Life itself is an examination that never ends. All examinations are a small part of it. The third is neglecting creativity. The same line of thinking doesn’t allow us to look above things. Recently, the BBC came up with a video, telling us that there are speculations about the fallacy of the Theory of Relativity. Questioning about this before some years would have proved quite difficult for a student’s life. But now, it has been challenged and a lot of people are asking about it. This is the big disadvantage of our educational system. The fourth and last is outdated syllabi. In the age of the Robots, we are still debating about the origin of early man/ men. It is a disastrous situation for us. Elon Musk is preparing to go to the Mars. Artificial Intelligence is knocking at our doors. However, we are not in a position to adjust ourselves on this planet. He is talking about the Aliens. For us, the Aliens are above our heads. Our society cannot believe that there is an another world where organisms live. The NASA’S recent mission to Mars is a recent example. The Business Standard published a story about this, where they wrote that how oxygen is extracted from the Red Soil there. So, the outdated syllabi have proved the last nail in the coffin of the educational system.
In short, there is an urgent need to bring back the educational system on track. The NEP 2020 is a welcome step in this direction. We need Happy Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, etc., to grow in this society. Moreover, there is a misconception in our society that English is necessary for a good life. However, this is not fully true. English in case of India is both a sign of colonialism and development. In 1835, Thomas Babington Macaulay introduced the Western education in India to communicate with those people who mostly were superstitious and did not know the English language. In case of development, Indians came across William Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Homer, etc. to enlighten themselves. Furthermore, teachers should be taught how to be good teachers. Francis Bacon, an essayist, told that the best teacher is a practical teacher. He or she teaches in the most sophisticated manner, doing away with boredom. Before wrapping up, let us hope for the regeneration of our educational system.

By: Syed Mustafa Ahmad
Hajibagh, Budgam

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