For some years now, I have worked closely with primary, middle and secondary schools run by the government, NGO’s and the private sector. Input problems like outdated curriculums, quality of book, availability of teachers trained in New Age Teaching Skills and consequently the poor quality students produced are well known and need no elaboration.
The disastrous consequences of learning by rote and the ‘tuition culture’ are obvious. Students find studies boring and ‘tuitions’ deprive them of time to engage in other activities essential for all round personality development. Those who go for university education cannot let go of the school culture of learning only to pass exams. No meaningful research is done and students are unable to compete in high end ‘talent and intelligence’ market.
Consequently, when they enter the job market the employers find they lack skills and can’t apply knowledge and they therefore need expensive re-education and skilling.
The economic cost of this time and money wasted is in billion of rupees. More importantly the future competitiveness of the nation is at stake.
All this is obvious to the policy makers but earnest initiatives are yet to be seen to meet these challenges. If we are to compete with countries like China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore recognized globally for best education, then we need to change the learning and teaching strategies and adopt the new age learning and reading skills right from primary level.
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