Pragmatic Approach To Education

Commander V.K Banga

Principal & Former Chairman IPSC, The Mann School Holambi, Delhi - 110082, India

The Indian education System has its roots deepened to the ancient ages where Gurukul system prevailed which today has been christened as Boarding Schools. It was a system of raising the students by the teacher in in his abode until the teacher felt that he has imparted all that he could and the students have turned refined. The subjects taught varied from Sanskrit to Scriptures to Mathematics to Metaphysics and the knowledge attained was passed on to the future generations. However, this system lost its significance during the Colonial era when the British set up schools that followed a curriculum confined to subjects such as Mathematics, Science etc.

It’s been decades the education system is being reformed and newer ideologies are being infused in, to make it more incredible and praise-worthy. Ironically, the purpose of education and imparting knowledge seems defeated.

Wishing to be more student-friendly, the modern education system has become more classroom oriented and less interactive.

Schools play a vital role in shaping a person’s social and professional growth. The conventional schools in India focus on nurturing the children to face the competitive world outside. Examinations and assignments are encouraged by them as tools to assess the capability of the students. The knowledge of the child is measured by the marks s/he scored. Students are put into the practice of rote- learning and not understanding by doing.

It seems Lord Macaulay farsightedness to cripple the India’s old and traditionally value-based education is still alive and laughing on us.

He mentioned on seeing the prosperity in abundance in India and its rich values and culture that, “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person even who is a beggar, a thief, such a wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage and therefore I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a true dominated nation.’’

It is a well-accepted fact that majority of the young graduates adopt teaching profession not by choice and calibre, but after facing refusal from all other job opportunities in the market.

Moreover, the desired requirement by recruiters to be a teacher is B.Ed. Ironically all by compultion or by choice are incorporated in to this noble profession which is responsible for building a nation.

It’s the need of hour to bring changes in the Education Policy which are pragmatic and firmly grounded. The responsible key-persons i.e. TEACHERS should be selected on the parameters which have a scientific and analytical approach. They must be tested on their communication skills other than the professional knowledge. One who is dedicated, has sense of responsibility, committed, possess able listening skills and passionate to pursue changes should opt for the teaching profession, else the results will be parrots not eagles.

The desired change is not herculean but the outcome will be humongous. Keeping in mind that the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is no longer a reliable indicator of a professionally qualified teacher, it should be abolished completely and the teachers must be assessed on Aptitude/Psychometric tests so that their psychology can be tested and resultantly the best in the lot can be designated as teachers on whom the society can rely upon for a strong and secure future.

The Education Policy need not to be vote-centric, but in favour of the future of nation. Since India is a diversified country with a variety in terms of caste, creed, religion and status, the criteria of imparting knowledge should be Merit cum Means. Both the government and the private schools should be motivated to compete for sustenance and follow the ideology of ‘Survival of the Fittest.

A scrupulous change in the policy is what the society calls for and without further loss of time, it must be inculcated because the damage done to the nation for years is unfathomable and an add-on to it would further jeopardise it completely.

Commander V.K Banga

Principal & Former Chairman IPSC, The Mann School Holambi, Delhi - 110082, India