Government strives for 100% literacy, but there are 10 things that should change in the Indian Teaching system to make the students literate as well as educated:
1.Teachers appointment and teaching method
In India, most teachers are interested in completing the “course” of whatever class they’re teaching and focus less on “Teaching”. Which means the students that come out of that environment never really know what a teacher is supposed to do for them; which is teach everyone in the class to question everything one knows. In teacher training institutes focus should be on “How to teach” rather than “Get a certificate to become a teacher”. At the end of the day, it’s not about the marks of a student or the teaching “Experience” but the kind of minds a teacher sends out in the society.
2.Pitiable conditions of government schools
The most affordable schools in our country, which are public schools or government schools have pathetic teaching facilities. Most schools lack basic infrastructures like proper benches, blackboard or ceiling. Most of the teachers have an unprofessional attitude like gossiping and knitting during classes (many of you have experienced that personally). Their teaching style is still old school i. e. ‘repeat after me” style.
3. We need tech-savvy teachers
In most of the Indian educational institution, teachers only have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office. And in some case, like in Government schools, they don’t even know what MS office is!
In some engineering colleges especially in IT and CS branch, teachers are not really up to date about the latest technology and can barely teach the latest versions of coding. The competence of teachers is crucial for improving the quality of education in any school and college. Indian education system needs teachers who have knowledge of the latest technologies which will improve the overall quality of Indian education system.
4.Biases towards students
In most of the educational institute, teachers have some “favourite students”. Apart from their favourite student brigade, they don’t give much importance to other students. And most of the time “favourite students” are those students who do teacher’s work like – maintain their dairy, write an answer on board, and who handles the class when they are not in a mood of teaching etc. From there, our students learn the lesson of cajoling. Of course, students ask for marks in return and many teachers are happy to oblige.
5.Need teachers who can give practical knowledge.
Indian teachers are teaching the student like they are producing copies of Xerox machine. Indian teachers are teaching in the same teaching pattern of the colonial era. At that time, the British Govt designed education system which will produce a good no. of the clerks. But after many years of independence, we are still following that pattern. Now its high time to change the pattern of education who produce memorizers. We need teachers who can educate students in a practical way so that we will have quality students, not copycats.
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6.Divide students on the basis of caste
In today’s India, people still follow the caste system. Our education system is also affected by the nasty caste system. In many schools especially in Government-funded schools, SC/ST students forced to do work like cleaning the toilet, pick garbage etc. And these works are done by students who are studying in “school”. Apart from that, teachers do caste related comments on students and treat them as the second-class citizen.
The caste system continues in higher education also. And the biggest example of this awful system is Rohit Vemula. Rohit Vemula was an Indian Ph.D. student at the University of Hyderabad and author of the book Caste is Not a Rumour. He committed suicide on 17 January 2016 following a controversy that had begun in July 2015 when the university reportedly stopped paying him a fellowship of ₹25,000 (US$360) per month because an inquiry found he had been “raising issues under the banner of Ambedkar Students Association”. This shows that how caste system affects the education system from school to higher education level. This nasty caste system needs to be removed from the Indian teaching system and education system.
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7.Blackmail in the name of tuition classes
In India many teachers, from government school and private school, force their students, directly or indirectly to join their tuition class. Because of this pressure, many students join their tuition class and if somebody doesn’t join their class they face the negative consequences i.e. low marks in exams. This is reducing the entire education system to a mere money-making system.
8.Need teachers who are passionate about teaching
Many of our teachers say “Well, if you guys don’t study it is entirely your loss – I will get my salary at the end of the month anyway.” We don’t need people who give a low quality of education just because of month-end “salary”. We need people who are passionate about teaching and do their work with honesty.
9. Question out of course -Not allowed
In Indian schools, most teachers forbid their students from asking questions or doubts and if you ask a question which is related to course or slightly out of your course then you will not be entertained.
Ex 1-If you ask out of course question to your social science teacher.
Question– What is the reason behind Syria’s war?
Answer -Syria’s war! It’s not in your course. Read about world war because that is in your course. In an exam, the questions will be on World war, not about Syrian war. Ask course related question only.
It means that if the topic is World war but you really want to know about Syrian war, then the teacher’s answer will be this will not be asked in the exam so you don’t have to know about it.
Ex2-If you ask a course related question to your physics teacher
Question-What is the use of the law of thermodynamics in daily life?
Answer-It is not on course. So, don’t as useless question. Only ask course-related questions.
It means that the relation between advanced science topics and its real-life applications can never be found in the school.
In the last….
Students, Any doubt? No. So this chapter is completed
Students, Any doubt? So, Google it.
10.Incomplete knowledge of their respective subjects
When a student goes to a class in school he/she assumes that the teacher will know everything about the subject. Be it maths science or social studies. But asking out-of-the-box questions to your teachers forces some students to question the very existence of the school.
Student– Sir! What is the Inn?
Teacher– What! You don’t know the meaning of Inn!! It means some more “in”. That’s why it has double N in an inn.
Student– Okay! What does “Indo” stands for in Indo-China?
Teacher– Idiot! Of course, it means Indonesia.
It’s high time that India makes quality teachers available who can make teaching exciting. Teachers who can produce next Kalam and Kalpana Chawla. We need teachers like Sonam Wanchuk (the real Phunsukh Wangdu) who lights the lamp of education in the rural area of Ladakh and teach their students in a creative and practical way.
We need teachers who can change India.