Our country’s progress is intricately related to the kind of education we provide to our youth. Directly or indirectly, education is fundamental for the overall development of our country.
Even after 60+ years of Independence, our country still faces a lot of problems to bring out easy access, sound quality and equity in education. India, being one of the highest populated nations has on a roll more than 14.6 million students registered in over 31,000 institutions. This spurr in number is seen only in the last decade and has ultimately led to a stirring rise in the count of universities and colleges resulting in increased CAGR (i.e. from 6 percent in 2008 to 11.5 percent now).
Over the years we’ve been following the decrepit education systems and protocols as laid by the Britishers that simply focused on producing clerks and engineers. Just boasting about IIT’s and IIM’s isin’t doing us any good. The actual success is counted by the amount of innovations done and student contributions made to the world but unfortunately, here the contributions are minimal or none.
A typical Indian school classroom was once typified by one way communication where the teacher was the boss and barely any focus was laid on the comprehension and understanding of the student. However, the education system today in our country has been modified multi-folds and all thanks to the private sector interventions that we’re witnessing an infinite number of technology-driven innovations and initiatives in the classrooms. Smart class, smart boards, use of multimedia, interactive boards are all the latest inventions and discoveries whose brilliant results we are all reaping. These days, we have a huge number of schooling options available in comparison to the previous decade (i.e the conventional mainstream system).
As accurately identified, the future is about exploring skills that we are not aware of today. The emerging systems and developments in the education sector along with teachers should form a strong foundation of the entire education system. The focus should not just be on making it effective but also as efficient as the need of the hour.
The reason for these accelerated numbers is the boost in attainment levels and learning outcomes of students in private schools in comparison to the government schools. On comparing the two scenarios, it is evident that private schools have a definite edge over the government institutions. This distinction was highlighted and brought to light by the NCAER report which stated that 65 percent of private school students were able to meet class two -level reading criteria, as opposed to only 45 percent for government school students.
Nonetheless, it is relevant to note that as a country, India’s education system ranks close to the bottom of the influential and globally recognized PISA* tests in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, India decided not to participate at all! While there might be a lot of questions for the value and authenticity of these tests, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that our education system has a lot of catching up to do to fit as per the world standards, both in private as well as public education domain.
We do have some exceptional private schools that can easily be compared with top schools of the world, but unfortunately, these are tiny islands of excellence, floating on oceans of mediocrity.
How do we expect that a country like India improves this scenario? How do we plan to compete to become one of the top-performing education systems of the world? Just in case, we really want to leverage the demographic dividend we keep harping about, our 800 million citizens aged under 35 need to be equipped with the resources and skills to take on global, 21st-century challenges, we need more private institutions coming in picture.
The world is speedily becoming a smaller place, metaphorically of course, and our graduates are not going to be competing only with other Indians for jobs but with their counterparts the world over. Thus, world-class amenities and infrastructure is the need of the hour.
The world economy isn’t going to pay you any more for what or how much you know but for what you can do with what you know, or how you apply the knowledge that you have! Why?
Thanks to Google, information has just become a commodity but your skills are what matter as this is what makes you a brand.
The youth in schools today will be entering the workforce criterion in the 2030’s. The private schools are gearing them for their lives 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now. Things are uncertain as we’re not aware that what’s in store for five years from now and what the actual picture will look like. The uncertainty is oddly fascinating.
As the private strata have altered the job of teachers, we have to advance from the conventional classrooms and switch to the modern methods. More so now than any time in our recent memory, we have to move to fortifying our children with the assets and aptitudes that will be required to handle any of life’s difficulties and turn out to be a better individual. The private based schools need to chip away at revising the outlook that portrays scoring 99 percent in exams will make you a winner throughout everyday life, with guardians investigating every possibility, spending lakhs on training classes and educational costs in the endeavor to get their kid to accomplish the most astounding grades/marks.
Society in general needs to take a glance at the utilization of information, not simply just knowing about it. The schools ask guardians to perceive that the aptitudes the future will award our adolescents for are developing continually.
While the administration has presented different bills in the Parliament, each of these is by all accounts stuck at different levels. Bills, for example, National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions, Foreign Educational Institutions and National Commission for Higher Education and Research, whenever passed can bring truly necessary basic changes. Above all, an adjustment in our outlooks is required. Maybe, the time has come to evacuate the disgrace related with benefits in the instruction part so authentic private endeavors can approach to capital and set up world-class establishments that the nation strives for so imminently. In India, it is by all accounts an instance of one step forward and two steps back. There is a pressing need to discuss these issues and guarantee that they are resolved. Everybody appears to concur that an extreme update of the advanced education framework is truly necessary. A considerable measure of discussion has occurred on ‘alliance’, ‘responsibility’, ‘self-sufficiency’, et cetera. Time has now come to walk the discussion. Or on the other hand, India’s bloom will be abandoned in the worldwide race.