Education is the backbone of growth and progress, especially for a developing nation like India. Education with its mighty powers can chase off issues such as poverty, illiteracy, terrorism, gender discrimination, malnutrition etc. Besides, it provides the nation with manpower leading to human prosperity. Thinking of a bigger picture, it helps in uplifting standards of living, spreading world peace and consequently contributes to making the world a better place to breathe in. Needless to say, the education system of a country plays an important role in the life of every human being. It should be designed to focus the overall development of a child in schooldays and to yield responsible professionals in the university period worthy of aiding the country with their knowledge. The education system should be fabricated and amended to provide a satisfactory and reliable framework for growth. Educational decisions are a primary concern for everyone and must be handled with more attention and responsibility as it governs the future of India.
Many times, while the government focuses on increasing literacy rate, the opening of new schools and colleges, inaugurating various schemes for poor children deprived of education, finding ways to channel them into schools.. important decisions regarding education system are often neglected or undertaken impulsively. Besides, it is often observed that government avoids talking about or even considering various sensitive issues such as reservation criteria for scheduled caste and tribes. Due to this reservation criterion, innumerable deserving students lose their seats in India’s premier institutes which sets them down in depression or even suicide. Yet, in a democracy, changing such an issue might not possibly help the ruling party to grab votes in the next elections. And thereby, it continues to remain a hindrance for many lives.
The system of tuition classes also deserves a discussion as it hinders school teachers from the enthusiasm and dedication to put forward one’s best efforts. Besides, tuition teachers, if also working in another educational institute other than his/her private practice, could give way to monopoly and putting students in a vicious cycle. However, a strict move against it may not attract much appreciation for the government when seen through the eyes of numerous coaching classes and tuitions across the country.
According to me, a committee consisting of educators should be formed for determining educational decisions. This committee should include scholars from all the fields, for example, medical, engineering, commerce, management, biological sciences, administration, architecture etc. to name a few. The committee should be categorized into separate teams for school-level education, graduate-level education, post-graduate level education and so on. The objective of this committee would be to formulate proper entrance test and to keep a check on admission procedures. This committee should work under the judiciary system and must present its reports or bills to respective courts. In this manner, it will remain unfettered from the changes in political winds and will be guarded by the Indian Judiciary for the same. The selection procedures for educators in this committee should also be governed by the Judiciary. Moreover, this committee should also organize routine feedback sessions from a jury which should consist of government officials, alumni of top institutes in every field, retired judges, parents as well as students going through the system.
The whole structure should be transparent and organized in order to gain trust from the youth, school pupils, graduates, teachers and parents nationwide. It should cultivate hopes and wisdom for the same. It should also an emphasis on creating educational opportunities for physically disabled and mentally retarded people such as providing them with quality education and equipment of facilities for their learning so that they can match footsteps of the other lot in terms of education. It should emphasis on laying a curriculum that makes them capable enough to earn jobs and become financially independent.
The transgender community still is devoid of education due to social stigmas and beliefs. The education committee should spread awareness for the same and make efforts to encourage them for education. Overall development, decreased teacher: student ratio, encouraging entrepreneurship is one of many areas to be worked upon. Individual calibre and interests should be given equal importance as that of refined and quality knowledge.for an instance, sports quota should be executed in a suited manner in order to motivate sportspersons countrywide. The educational committee should dig in deep for curbing vicious cycles of educated unemployment and cultivate a broad-minded outlook towards education.
A significant obstacle for India’s socio-economic development is the brain drain. One of the reasons, which I suppose, is that youth does not find our current educational scenario much reliable due to which the country loses its most powerful minds. As a result of this committee, expectations and hopes of people for an acknowledged future will be ignited further leading to a healthy and contented society.
However, the government should stipulate the funds for the education committee. The committee should present an annual budget to the court or in the parliament. With a mutual discussion between the jury, committee members and members of parliament, a budget should be decided for the working of the committee and funds should be generated accordingly.
Nonetheless, the effectiveness of this system depends largely on mutual co-operation of the government and the educational committee. But other than funds, the committee would be entirely autonomous and competent.
Educators being teachers, professors and mentors to a student can acutely understand children’s psychology. They have been instrumental in influencing in changing the lives of so many students every day. If a school is ones second home then teachers are guardians for the pupil. Being a witness to child’s transformation from a bubbly teenager to a responsible professional, they are the perfect candidate to be given the opportunity of designing an education system that benefits one and all.
I would conclude with Albert Einstein’s words:
“I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”