After fourteen and a half years of formal education, I’ve realized that we, as students, are judged on the basis of how good our memory is and not on the basis of many factors that make us good students. A string of digits on a piece of paper defines who we are when we are kids, marks become the currency we traded in. If you get good marks, most of your sins are forgiven all throughout your school life.
The need for a grading system is understandable; making it the differentiating factor is not. I have obsessed over good grades for as far back as I can remember. Getting the highest in class felt like the most important thing in life all throughout high school. Looking back, I realize that that’s the way our education system is shaped. I remember very few of my teachers telling us that being a good human is also important. Being a kind person, a generous one and very importantly an honest one, was never in the long speeches that we were forced to hear. I wonder why even though moral science was a subject, being good was never glorified as much as getting the highest in mathematics was. I stopped judging people based on their grades the day I realized that getting an A didn’t necessarily guarantee that the person was intelligent.
Our country produces gems in the form of students, and yet we find our cities to be dirty, our views to be narrow and our vision to be clouded by misconceptions and prejudice. Why aren’t we taught to be kind to those around us, to be generous? Why aren’t we taught that being grateful is important? That to have a sense to appreciate good things that people do, is imperative, to be able to say thank you and sorry doesn’t make us smaller people. That no job is small or petty. That respecting the young and the old alike is important. Why aren’t we taught to be more inclusive of others’ views and opinions and to be flexible enough to accept when we are wrong?
The education system in the rural areas is even worse, with dilapidated infrastructures and lack of quality teachers. To add to this, people living in these areas cannot afford to buy their kids enough supplies and to send them to school. The state of poverty is such that kids are sent to work in the fields rather than to study in school. The syllabus is never completed or taught properly. The government needs to take effective measure to change this scenario.
The state in the urban areas though better, still need some considerations. Here the students either don’t have enough motivation to attend schools or are not treated properly in school. Teachers need to start making classrooms a wholesome place rather than one where kids don’t want to know. Our syllabus and the way we are taught needs to change. Our syllabus needs to be inclusive of the things that are happening to our generation and needs to make us equipped enough to face the life outside of the four walls of our institutions.
Our subjects need to be catered more towards technical skills and know-how rather than be theoretical. We need to get practical knowledge more than we need to learn languages that we never use in the real world. We need school counselors who can show the right path to kids regarding their careers. Kids need sympathetic ears to voice out their problems.
In our country today, we face a major brain drain- a phenomenon where professionals and people of talents migrate to foreign nations to work in order to be better paid and to enjoy better environments. This happens because our country cannot lure these individuals to stay. We need people of good character and bright minds to work within the borders of the nation for the nation. Our nation has a huge population, majority of which consists of young people. These are the young minds which are going to change the future and shape the path our nation will take. If this group is not given due importance and molded in the right way , we’ll be losing a major resource. Our education system is one of the building blocks of our entire society, it needs to be given special importance. The latent potential that we find in the youth , if not guided in the right way, will result in a grave waste of human resource.
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