It is known to everyone that India is the second most populated country in the world after China. However, very few people know that more than 50 % of Indian children in the age group of 6-17 years, about 200 million in total, do not attend any school. Sad but true. The present Indian education system does not encourage children, especially from semi-urban and rural background; to take up studies further our ambitious government policies reap no positive results either.
We thought of making some facts available to you on Indian education system to ponder upon, in this blog.
- The Central Government is not keeping its promise to spend the allocated budget for furthering education interests across the country. To improve the current situation, it should ideally be spending as much as 6% of GDP on education; it is actually spending only 3.3%. We know that blaming the government won’t solve anything but we as the citizens of the country & the world should take note if the primary tasks are not being performed by the elected members of the parliament.
- 50% of the total population of children is completely devoid of schooling. Rate of drop-outs from schools is constantly increasing due to lack of academic infrastructure, poor & inconsistent faculty availability, consistent pressure to support families, lack of interest in studies amongst others. In addition, the percentage of girls dropping out is higher than boys.
- Approximately 53% of Indian girls aging between 5 to 9 years are uneducated.
- In spite of provision of free education in Government schools, people want to send their children to private schools due to their lack of trust & faith on the quality of education would be imparted in government schools. There aren’t enough private schools to match this requirement. In some instances, the application to seat ratio is more than 150:1
- Higher education enrollment rate in India is just 18% while in US it is as high as 83%. Indian students want to study abroad because there aren’t enough quality educational institutions in the country. In some colleges, the cut off are as high as 99.8%. The government itself admits that the condition of 77% of colleges and universities is not satisfactory which means that the level of education they provide is below Indian standards, let alone international standards.
- India rightly boasts of having the largest technical as well as scientific pool of graduates but hardly 10% of them are readily employable. Meaning, they lack skills and practical approach that is needed to perform a particular job. No wonder we fail drastically and fall short of our employer expectations.
- A research has brought forth drastic facts that there are more than 775 million illiterate people in the whole world out of a total population of 6 billion, of which 35% reside in India alone. In this country, more than 269 millions of people don’t even know how to read and write.
We know that these are mere facts and presenting it in a condescending tone alone won’t help the cause, but yes we can change the situation by taking certain steps at our end. We can and should change our outlook towards education and learning. MyEdge.in is doing just that. It allows you to gather knowledge from different sources at no extra cost, using technology and various ground breaking pedagogical techniques such as Virtual Classrooms & Virtual Library. If you think that there should be a change in the education system, you have to be the initiator of this change.