Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Failing system

The demographic profile tells us that the percent age of youth in our population is significant, and is growing. It means that the policies framed by the government time to time must take into account the needs and aspirations of the youth. It is this realization that different schemes are announced by government that are youth oriented. We know that the level of energy that marks this stage of life is extraordinary. This energy, if not utilized in a right manner can be a reason for multiple losses. It can ruin the life of a young person, devastate the family he comes from, and also be a source of nuisance for the society he comes from. There needs to be an emphasis to save the youth from going astray. We need to have a good infrastructure for sports, also spaces for leisure, so that youth can relax. We need an atmosphere in our educational institutions where our youth imbibe values that go into making a productive life. We need courses that can address various interests that our youth exhibit in the course of their lives. Sadly the current educational system is like a patient declining in health. Unfortunately, it does not produce citizens required in the pragmatic world outside. On the contrary, it produces batches of handicapped individuals that may be replete with information but hollow in usable knowledge. The syllabus that we teach our children today is obsolete and outdated. Thousands of students appear in various board and competitive exams. Almost all of them secure positions and distinctions but tens and thousands of them fail to do something to support themselves economically. No matter how many exams they pass and how many degrees they hold, they never get off the shoulders of their old parents. They are unable to earn for themselves. There are a number of factors contributing to this unusual human disaster. To start with, the syllabus prescribed in schools and colleges deals with abstractions, futile theories and rotten ideas. A graduate and an illiterate person have same value in the market today. It is a pity that an illiterate driver earns more than a graduate nowadays. Therefore, the syllabus needs to be revised. More and more practical courses and vocational courses must be added to the syllabus of the students. In other words, there is a dire need of the vocationalization of education. Education must help an individual to stand on his feet. It should not produce an army of unemployed people. Rather, it should produce skilful people, artists, artisans and craftsmen. At the same time there are many government schools and government colleges in the state but parents prefer to send their children to private schools. Why is it so? Until the staff of government schools is not updated and the government institutes are not modernized, the parents won’t change their thinking. Either the institutes should be modernized or they should be closed down. It is a matter of shame that over 90% modern graduates fail to introduce themselves properly in the languages they learn for years in their present day institutes. There is hardly any difference between the one who goes to school and college and the one who has never been to any school and college. Also it is time to look beyond the bookish education. Apart from current courses there are areas like sports, various types of art, cinema and media, agriculture, environment related areas, IT and unprecedented business areas. Education of the said areas need to be introduced in schools and colleges so that the students, after passing out, will have technical hands, and are not helpless. Finally, the death of morality is actually the death of a nation. We don’t need doctors and engineers – we need honest doctors and sincere engineers. What is the use of education if it distances us from basic human values? Education must produce citizens who are loyal to their culture, nation, language and traditions. It must teach the youth to ward off the activities harmful to one’s health, environment, nation and the humanity in general. It is unfortunate that the world has moved ahead but our education system has lagged behind. It needs to renovate itself and catch up with the fast changing world.