The history of the Indian Education System is rich, and widely revered. India started with the system of having a ‘guru’, who once accepted a person as a student, would engage him in his day to day life. The student would live with the guru and help in household activities. Most of the subject matter was related to concepts that could be applied in day to day life. Now, The Indian Education System has taken a turn, and is completely different from what used to prevail. We now have several boards, depending on the state. Each board has a separate syllabus, some of which are advanced, and some not so much. Due to a lot of factors, the Indian Educations System problems are vast, and have been criticized by many. However, to give credit where it’s due, lets discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Indian Education System.
Indian Education System Advantages:
- The vast area of subjects covered ensures that students have knowledge about as much as they can.
- Some subjects teach students about the long lost culture of India, which they should be aware of.
- Since students learn so many subjects, some of them find it easier to determine what field they want to pursue a career in.
- Subjects like Economics and English help students in their day to day life.
Indian Education System Disadvantages:
- Most subjects, such as chemistry and physics, focus on textbook knowledge, when they could be fun applied subjects to learn.
- There is lesser focus on physical education and sports, and more focus on studying all day long.
- Sex Education is not given in Indian Schools, which is something that needs to be thoughtfully inculcated each year for students.
- There is lesser focus on character building, as many schools do not have lessons on etiquette and mannerisms.
- The subject matter and homework puts a tremendous amount of stress on students, which is incredibly difficult for many to bear.
- Large classes in schools means that there is lesser focus on each student’s learning. This is hazardous to a student’s education journey during, as well as after school.
- Since most knowledge is only memorized and not retained for the long run, students feel lost after school. Many even remain unemployed.
- Many schools charge exorbitant fees, which becomes a burden for parents. Schools with affordable fees generally have lesser funds, which affect the quality of education.
- Examinations are more focused on end results, rather than continuous learning.
The Indian Education System has many problems, and solutions should be thought of and implemented, to bring about more balanced education for students. Some solutions that can be brought about are decline in fees, shorter holidays, regular tests, and more focus on extra-curricular activities as well. Whether or not the Indian Education System is good or bad, is a long debated topic, that doesn’t have an end. However, once the focus shifts to bringing out the best learning experience for the students, a lot more positive changes can be brought about.