Is education good in India?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that this is going to be a matter of opinion and that there are many factors to consider.  Education is not universal in India.  Not all children receive education.  I do think that this has to be part of the assessment when one examines the state of education in India.  If one is going to suggest that the Indian educational system has positive attributes, the fact that it does not apply to all children must be a part of this calculus.

At the same time, I think that Indian education must experience some type of change in terms of instruction and differentiation to students with different needs and demands.  Indian education is rooted in the rote memorization techniques and an extreme emphasis on isolated facts as opposed to practical education.  I think that some amount of change is needed in terms of what educators want students to know.  I sense that this must change, as well, for the need to differentiate content in accordance to the needs of students is what defines a successful educational system.

However, I think that the Indian student is something of a marvel.  I am amazed at how hard Indian students work.  For many students, getting up at early hours, taking multiple means of transportation or walking extreme distances and conditions to school, and focusing through a day of school in a class of forty or fifty is part of daily life.  Add to this how students might go to tuition classes after school, focus on homework for hours on end, and then repeat the process the next day is something startling. Indian students possess so much care about their studies to the point that it causes reflection.  On the walls of some of the most sacred temples in India, examination numbers are scrawled with intensity and in such a large abundance that one recognizes how much Indian students care.  Students in India are driven to academic success. There is a dark side to this element, as students commit suicide if they do not succeed.  I think that this, too, must be assessed in how Indian students learn and in how students recognize the process of education and learning.  "Toppers" and the need to be a "topper" is something that the adults in the position of power must deemphasize for real learning does not include such artificial distinctions.

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hariattedsouza | eNotes Newbie

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Yes of course the education is at its best at least at international school level. There are schools like Ascend International that see that their teachers and staff are highly qualified and the curriculum is innovative and individualized. They have specialized programs and have a progressive education model, equally giving benefit to the extracurricular activities that are required to enhance the overall development of the child.

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lalithareddy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Education in India is seen as one of the ways to upward social mobility. Good education is seen as a stepping stone to a high flying career. Education System in India currently represents a great paradox. On the one hand we have IIMs & IITs that rank among the best institutes in the world and on the other hand there are number of schools in the country that don't even have the basic infrastructure. Even after more than 50 years after independence we are far away from the goal of universal literacy. But on a positive note, Indian professionals are considered among the best in the world are in great demand. This signifies the inherent strength of Indian education system.

The Educational structure in India which operates at all conceivable levels from pre-school to post doctoral is of monumental proportions. According to a World Bank report there are more than 7,40,000 formal schools; more than 3.6 million teachers are working on full time basis; there are more than 175 Universities offering under graduate and post graduate courses and about 6000 colleges affiliated to these universities.

The educational structure in India is generally referred to as the Ten + Two + Three (10+2+3) pattern. The first ten years provide undifferentiated general education for all students. The +2 stage, also known as the higher secondary or senior secondary, provides for differentiation into academic and vocational streams and marks the end of school education. In +3 stage, which involves college education, the student goes for higher studies in his chosen field of subject.

 


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