“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”, this is an age long saying by Mr Nelson Mandela, which has withstood the test of time. Even in this modern world of hurry and worry, this statement hasn’t lost its relevance. We are familiar with the very essentials of life, and education is one of them, without any doubts. It is the sheer importance of education, which brings us to discuss upon the current educational scenario on a global level.
While many global economies have made a significant progress in achieving their educational agendas (keeping in mind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in the said sector), India is yet to uncover it’s obscured potential for educational developments. It is essential to analyse what holds back India as a country to reach the educational goals and advancements. Despite of several initiatives taking place for the elevation of education, the question still arises upon the fact that WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
Education has been a matter of conflict and problem in our country since ages. What is even funnier is, that little has changed from the colonial period. Students are now routinely scoring 90% marks and still finding it difficult to get into the colleges of their choice, and we are actually doing the same old slovenly stuff. Rote learning still plagues our system widely, students study only to score marks in exams, and sometimes to crack the exams like IIT JEE, AIIMS, or CLAT. The colonial masters introduced education systems in India to create clerks and civil servants, and sadly, we haven’t been able to deviate much from that pattern till today.
We need to reward creativity, original thinking, research, and innovation (because in the end, a boss would probably prefer someone with ideas to take a company forward rather than a parrot, which nods at every beck and call right?). Also, we need to implement massive technology infrastructure for education (and for this to be possible, India MUST embrace the Internet and technology at a wide level), making ‘reservation’ irrelevant (and no, it’s not my personal inner “general” category grudge speaking, but on a national level, if we make education so universally available, the whole concept of reservation is going to be meaningless).
We need to redefine the sole purpose of education. We are not learning or educating ourselves to finally wake up today, where, we are going to grab our suitcase; rush to work; work 9-5, and get routinely paid so that we can “earn a living”. The current system needs to breathe, and give space for creation of entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, scientists, thinkers, and writers for a knowledge based economy rather than the low-quality service provider plastic nation that we are turning into.
Though there are many loopholes, but there is no denying the fact that there has been a significant progress as well (that being said, not out of modesty, but reports and data provided by the NSSO). People have actually started realising the tenor of education, and the numbers have been rising significantly. And the best part of such arising is, the voice is being heard. With the new ECCE policies being adopted by the nation, another milestone has been achieved.
And therefore, with the advent of a massive globalisation, India is emerging as a powerful economy, which is working hugely towards improving the education scenario, in the end, the question isn’t about who gets access to education, it is a necessity, which HAS to be provided, and in its most bare, and naked form, sans complications, sans adulteration. And it’s something that we all need to keep in mind. Education is NOT AN OPTION, it’s a NECESSITY.