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The Indian School Education System - Modern views and problems
Aristotle once said, "It's the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it."
What we know based on the Government released statistics is that "Adult Literacy rate (15+ Age Group) is the percentage of population 15-24 years old who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement on everyday life", viz. a national average of 70.5% (as 2014) with approximately 60% females and 79% males been educated in the country.

Now, what we understand on closer look is that though the information seems relatively suitable for an emerging economy, what's far from suitable is that the quantity doesn't validate the quality.

…what's far from suitable is that the quantity doesn't validate the quality.

Almost completing 70 years of independence, and despite exhaustive efforts we haven't been able to achieve an appreciable level of living-standards. Indeed, we may agree that such high magnitude of population is more than handful to manage yet; the educational concern is to make the knowledge work, not otherwise.

Based on a string on Q&A site, Quora, a myriad of reasons and causes came up. Rote memorization, redundant testing, lack of subject-diversity are well acknowledged and dynamically improving since the past decade; however, debatable issues - Right to Education Act, Public & Private sectors, Reservation, gender gap, drop rate, peer-parental-societal pressures - are deeply embedded not just in the system's machinery but also in the minds of people.

A following doodle-clip speaks for itself and lakhs of others who are formally literate:

As Einstein put it, "if you cannot explain it 'easily' (read - 'at all'), then you haven't understood it well enough."

However, more than the challenges of population size and even the herculean amount of education budget (INR 4.6 lakh crores, i.e. 4.13% of GDP as of 2014), what's truly concerning is the kind of teaching provided. Prof. Kalam tried to sanctify the aforementioned when he said, "The purpose of education is to make good human being with skills and expertise… Enlightened human being can be created by teachers."

Enlightened human being can be created by teachers."

A huge responsibility, indeed; however, even if we believe that good Pupil Teacher Ratio of 25 (1 teacher every 25 students) we are aware that their quality isn't appropriately ripe, let alone state-of-the-art. And why would it be, when an element of low self-esteem is associated with a teacher's job in India thus, the best are only occasionally and rarely attracted to this otherwise 'noble' profession; not to mention the pre- and in-service trainings with incentives are majorly peanuts.

About $7 billion spent by students going abroad every year for education - both primary and higher - we perhaps, know of another certain cause of the "brain drain". With our universities not cracking those internationally reckoned list of the best, we may criticize them as much as we wish to though, everyone is literally bogged down by more than one reason and thus, the entire system is what it is.

Education is mandatory in our country; however, Learning is what should be emphasizing on. It should really make us think about our own and everyone's life, and making it better. It should become a matter of "choice" - a conscious one, and should be done for a direct level of impact.

Learning is what we should be emphasizing on.

"Those who don't learn from history repeat it" - so have we learnt enough from the history? Because had we not, we would still be producing pioneers like - Aryabhatta, Sushrut, Chanakya, Ghaalib, Vivekananda, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, J.C. Basu, Tagore, Kalam, and the list would have been endless.

We have read enough, now it's time to either merely 'accept' it or 'entertain' it enough to be amended.

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