According to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Fund) report 50% of Indian students do not have the skills that are necessary to get jobs by 2030.
I am wondered to see that most students think only of marks and degrees, they do not focus on acquiring the skills that are the real needs of today’s competitive world.
However, there are reasons behind this:
I have been told repeatedly that “if you don’t get good marks, you won’t survive”, and I can bet that most students are told the same and are still being asked to do the same.
Remember Farhan from 3-Idiots movie? His father forced him to do engineering, though he possessed good photography skills. His father does not care about his passion in photography. As such most Indian parents expect a degree with good marks from their children except good skills.
Social pressure plays an important role on students fearing board exams. Comparisons with other students are made regularly. Parents and relatives pressurize their children to do better than “Sharma ji ka beta”
Teachers consistently teach students that everyone living on this earth is different, but they still measure all students by the same parameters. Parents are not allowing their child to choose with their favorite subjects, rather they are persuading their children to take up subjects like science and mathematics by comparing them with other students, therefore the child cannot show his actual ability in subjects outside his interest.
According to the Annual Status of Education report, the quality of education provided to children in India is at a low level. Due to inadequacy of funding, schools can only afford to keep less qualified teachers, do not have the resources to invest in teacher training programs, teaching materials and there is no possibility to improve the level of physical infrastructure.
Our primary education suffers from many problems. A large number of primary schools have no management to talk about basic facilities like drinking water, urinal and electricity, furniture and study material etc.
Syllabus is Not Regularly Updated
The course content does not focus on the areas that will really be needed in the industry. There is a big difference between what the market needs and what Indian education does for its prospective employees. Despite rapid changes in science and technology worldwide, the curriculum has rarely been updated.
Education is Business in India
It is quite true that education has become a growing business in India. The people running this business have become successful entrepreneurs. Private schools and colleges are taking large amounts of money to provide unnecessary comfort which actually makes students lazy and weak.
It is a fact that India has the highest number of educational institutions. But if I talk about the quality of education, it is unfortunate for us that not a single institution in our country comes in the top 100 institutions in the world.