At a time when a quarter of India’s total population is in the age of attending school and colleges, our policies will determine whether it will turn out to be an asset or not. A skilled and educated population is the key to rapid economic growth, especially at a time when we are at the verge of entering into Industry 4.0.
Many experts believe that there is an urgent need for globalisation of Indian schooling system to create an enabling ecosystem for our schools. Here is the list of few measures that could help us enhance our quality of education in schools:
A majority of Indian schools, especially the government ones and those located in rural India, lack requisite infrastructure. If we are to take Indian school education to the global level, first and foremost thing that India needs to take care is to provide our schools with the underlying infrastructure so that our aspirational young ones could prosper.
Apart from a clean and spacious place with necessary facilities, the schools need to have techno-based infrastructure as well. While several Indian schools lack essential facilities such as those of electrical fittings such as lights and fans, furniture, hygienic toilets, drinkable water, playing area etc. These facilities are prerequisites for having techno-based infrastructures such as labs full of instruments and equipment.
2. Quality of teachers and pedagogy
Our beloved ‘People’s President’ once said, “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honour for me.” He was right in recognising teaching as an essential profession not only for an individual but for the whole nation.
Unfortunately, India has witnessed great neglect for the teaching profession which resulted in a degraded quality of education. The only solution is to improve the training of teachers and help them in learning new pedagogy methodologies, including the use of smart class tools, digital technology etc.
3. Creative Curriculum
Several experts believe India lacks innovation when it comes to the school curriculum and extra-curricular activities. It is often observed that the majority of teachers in India still offer rote learning to their students. Although it won’t be right to blame teachers for this memorisation technique entirely, the whole education system is at fault.
Recently, CBSE announced that the exams and assessment would appear from the syllabus prescribed by the board and not NCERT books. This is a critical step in the direction of giving the teachers space for innovation to form a creative curriculum which would revolve around the prescribed syllabus and would result in dynamic learning spaces in schools.
Although there are several areas which need the focus of authorities for the enhancement of the overall upliftment of the education system of India, improvement in the areas mentioned above will prove to be the base for the same.