By Mrs Anupama.S, PGT, BGS National Public School, Bangalore.
“ Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school” -Albert Einstein
All of us today will agree that there is a huge gap between the teachings of the college and requirement of the industry. Education must tap the skills of the students and give them the confidence to face the real world fearlessly.
The challenges faced by present day’s education, are as follows:
- Career-Focused Learning System
Contemporary education must focus in bringing out the abilities and skill set of the children effectively. Literacy and numeracy, ICT skills, learning to learn, evaluating and problem solving, interpersonal and civic competencies, entrepreneurship, cultural awareness, flexibility, adaptability, working independently, critical thinking are the required attributes of 21st century workforce. Apart from inculcating these qualities, the present day education must educate the youth ,”what they can do, with what they have” because internet has all information.
- Value education
Value education has to be given priority in the schools and colleges. Many of the Government s’ servants who are supposed to be the saviors of the society, suffer from serious charges of corruption. Increasing number of Old-age homes, Suicide attempts are really alarming. The meaning of love is eventually changing.
- Women education of economically weaker sections of society
Women have a much lower literacy rate than men. Conservative cultural attitudes prevent girls from attending schools. Despite Government’s attempts to provide incentives viz. midday meals, free books and uniforms, girls’ attendance is poor in rural areas. Though the minimum age for marriage is eighteen, many girls get married much earlier. Therefore, at the secondary level, female drop-out rate is high.
- Upgradation of the Syllabus:
There are many different curriculum systems that confuse the students who wish to achieve the same objective such as Engineering, Medical and Business Administration. At the higher education level, there is no uniformity in the syllabus taught for the same program. The syllabus should talk about the modern world and students should also focus on relevant case studies to improve education structure in India.
- Quality of Teachers:
Government must take efforts to enroll high ability graduates for teacher training courses. It is critically important to attract good teachers, support and encourage their professionalism, continue to invest in them, and align assessment and rewards to support innovation in teaching.
Younger generations have a great responsibility to ensure that the world becomes a more peaceful place for all. This can happen so long as our modern educational system involves educating heart along with brain-Dalai Lama.