It is shocking, how over the years the true essence and the worth of education have been unconvincingly compromised to mean "scoring fair and getting a job". Education is the most effective mechanism to emancipate the human beings, lead them to a path of knowledge and get them liberated from ignorance. It is the most desirable necessity for the overall development and stability of democracy.
"· The essence of "Learning" and "Growing"
Gone are those days when to be "learned" meant to be "informed". Learning was once a conjunction of auditory, visionary and sensory instincts; a moment of inspiration in every person's life. To "grow" meant to "develop into a matured state of mind, body and soul". But let's not even discuss these things because people now-a-days do not believe in these theories. Generations after generations, people seem to be more inclined to chuck out words like "learn" and "grow" from the dictionary and replace them with words like "cramming" and "mugging", both of which basically means "copy, paste and delete".
"· Education is one of the Fundamental Rights
Everyone has the right to education by virtue of being a human being. Illiteracy is a bane to a civilization, to a country, to a society and to a person's self, which cripples the whole system, just because of sheer lack of knowledge. Primary education should be obligatory and secondary education should be accessible, so that no country and no continent will have people who do not know to read and write at least the "Name", whose opinion cannot be bought nor can be misdirected by signs and symbols at vote banks or property affairs.
"· Education- The new business policy
Parents and their wards are falling victims to the dirty money making game of every institution that runs in the name of imparting "education". The high fees structure is becoming continuously out of reach of common middle class people. Schools, colleges and universities are no longer seats of education or temples of knowledge. With all that "donations" and "compulsory admission fees", the whole system is reeking of injustice. And the term "back door entry", meaning "admission through bribing", insults the merit of those students who strive day and night, only to be preyed upon by such a corrupt system. Everyone by now is acquainted to the term "management quota", so let's not redefine it.
"· Growing apathy towards Student Psychology
Kids, adolescents and young adults are under a lot of unwarranted pressure to do better in schools and colleges now-a-days and this is a matter of great social concern as increasing number of students succumb to mental health issues surrounding the stress, disappointment and depression. Some students are even inclined to commit suicide under such pressures. The student life which was supposed to be a juncture of complete physical, social and emotional development is now an old story. It is also an important point that the existing system puts so much psychological and physical pressure upon the students that many of them spoil their emotional and mental health and have to pass the rest of their life consulting one or another psychiatrist.
"· The need for reformation as a balance
Reformatory measures like replacement of percentage scores with grading system at school levels, introducing an common test for all competitive exams, conducting online examination, lowering the fees structure and the cut off percentages in most educational institutions, should be carried out gradually. If questions are raised about the selection criteria not clearly articulated by most institutions and the weightage for various parameters which are not pre announced by authorities, a lot of transparency can be achieved. The examination system can be reformed in a way that the chance of paper leaks are abolished totally and stern action must be initiated against the heads of the examination bodies so that proper care is taken care by them.
Thus, the prevailing system of education does not help in developing the natural instincts or analysing power of the students, rather adding to the present circumstances a "necessary evil". Education is supposed to soothe the barbarous instincts of man and make him "civilized". And not to become in itself a bestial abode of the insensitive leaders to whom the students look up to as their "teachers"-the friend, philosopher and guide.