Our educational system needs a timely reformation for the common good of all
Education, the backbone of any nation that prepares its citizens to face any kind of adversity with courage and encourages them to rediscover more and more possible ways to achieve excellence in all spheres, plays a significant role in its development. Nations where individuals are raised as intellectuals by virtue of the quality education imparted to them by their respective educational systems outplace all others not only in the achievement list but the living standard, the people of those nations enjoy, is also worth to be praised which is surely the blessing of the education. The necessary enlightment that is needed to raise them as scholars and get the most out of them, to make their nations progress with every individual contributing in its development, is provided to them by their respective educational systems. Educational systems play an indispensible role in shaping the future of any nation. Nations either grow or degrade but what remains a key contributing factor in their run towards development or degradation is how well they have utilized the opportunities coming in their way to create an atmosphere that better suits the interests and paves way for a prosperous, flourishing and booming future. Contributing in shaping the intellectualistic quality of the citizens, and, helping them to comprehend any complex situation, while at the same time suggesting the best possible solution towards the path of excellence, are the obvious results of imparting quality education. Though the benefits of effective education and educational system cannot be put into words wholly, but its indispensability as a builder of a great nation can never be overlooked. Having such a crucial relevance in almost every sphere of life, the modern day education and educational systems need to be more effective and efficient to shape and nurture the capabilities of the growing buds, but, as a matter of fact, the real scenario seems to be somewhat different. Although we have educational systems in place but ineffective and inefficient, thereby giving no positive results. The state of (JAMMU AND KASHMIR) seems to be no exception to it. Claimed of having, the student friendly educational system, it is yet to realise the dream of educating one and all. The educational system that we have here has not been able to generate enough curiosity among students so as to hearten them to continue their studies and move forward to achieve their intended goals.
Going with the statistics, the overall literacy rate of J&K as per the census 2011 is 68.74% out of which the male literacy rate stands at 78.26% while as the female literacy rate lingers at 58.01%. The urban literacy rate stands at 68.75% and the rural literacy rate hovers around 53.61%. It is therefore clear that the male literacy rate and that of the population residing in urban areas are more while the others are less. If we have a unanimous educational system in place, then why this disparity, which gives a bad indication about the effectiveness of the said system. Not only this, but there is a clear distinction between the literacy rates of different districts i.e. Jammu with (83.98%) followed by Samba (82.48%), Leh (80.48%), Kargil (74.49%) and then Srinagar (71.21%), Pulwama (65%) and Anantnag (64.32%). Not to speak of other districts, they too vary in different proportions. It is a word of caution for the government that inspite of having a single educational system, it is yet to generate desired results, which could have spoke in favour of its actions done to promote education in the state. Since the guiding principle is same but still then having this much of variation is an alarming trend which should be noticed as soon as possible to come up with some effective decision about the educational system that should be implemented and followed. However one serious issue that also needs the timely intervention of authorities is the increasing preference of students and parents towards private schools over government schools. Although, we have distinguished and prominent government schools but still then the roll of students persuing education therein is very low. The possible causes may be that the educational system that has been framed is not followed with heart and spirit may be due to its complexity or the availability of better amenities that private institutions provide attract the students towards them. Whatsoever may be the cause, if timely actions are not taken then the government run schools would be seen devoid of students in future. Either they should go along with the private institutions in offering the same quality education or they might have to face a bleak future ahead. As the winter season has begun, so the practice of private tuition centres would gain momentum day by day. The government should devise suitable policies for all so that the erring teachers do not get away easily to earn profit at the cost of rendering their services. Another disturbing feature of our educational system is the limited number of higher educational institutions that can only cater to a small number of students while others remain away from this blessing. If the right to education is fundamental for all, then why some are left behind owing to under developed infrastructure our educational institutions have? At last but not the least the students are often seen complaining about the examination papers to be out of syllabus which the authorities should check in earnest to avoid any undesirable action in future.
Education brings an all around development in an individual. His perception, personality and his outlook towards others changes entirely when he acquires quality education. For imparting quality education, various other features should render their support in this cause without which this dream could not be realised. Better infrastructure, unanimous, well suited, student friendly, and above all proper and ambitious policies that could generate intended results are some of them. Further the hearty approach of the teachers fraternity is needed because it is they who have to inculcate education in their students in a proper and disciplined manner that could generate enough curiosity in them to learn and move forward in their direction to achieve success. Education is an ornament in adversity so it should be held in high importance. But our educational system has not been able to generate the intended results. It needs the kind intervention of the authorities to reframe or modify it so that it suits the interests of students and motivate them to learn further in future.
The author is B.Tech-MBA from Lovely Professional University, Punjab. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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