What if I were the Education Minister of India?

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The Indian education system is largely flawed. When compared with other foreign school systems, ours is quite old and mundane. Here, the syllabus is vast and burdensome whereas in western countries it is light and mainly based on practical knowledge. In Indian schools, education is rather competitive making the students acquire good grades by hook or crook. Hence, there is pressure from parents as well to perform better than other students.

The classes, textbooks and teaching methods all appear to be dull and boring. The topics need to be taught in an interesting way so that it registers in the minds of students. Moreover, the duration of a class is long and there is very little time for their physical or personal development. The system totally wipes out the creativity and voices of a student instead they mug up the portions without understanding the concepts clearly.

In my childhood, I had yearned to be the Education Minister of India. If I get to fulfil this wish and be the new Education Minister of India, there are a few changes that I would like to bring upon.

  • Firstly, I would like to reduce the size of textbooks, especially Science & Maths. The heavy textbooks along with notebooks, separate for each subject, make a school bag of a fifth-grade child weighing up to 10 kilos. This makes the student think of education as a burden.

  • Secondly, I would like to improve the infrastructure as well as the standards of the Government schools. The economically and socially backward people also deserve a quality education.

  • Indian schools lack efficient teachers. So, the teachers must be provided with good training and should be having knowledge of the subjects they teach as well be able to understand the psychology of children.
  • Salary of teachers will be raised. This would result in greater dedication and a good standard of teaching.
  • I would try to make primary education free in all states. As a result, there might be an increase in the number of girls attending schools in villages.
  • A body of Audit will be constituted to look after the educational matters seriously and strictly. A code of conduct should be followed by all schools and teachers.
  • Scholarships to higher education will be offered for all those who meet the requisite standards but can’t afford it. Also, career guidance classes to higher class students will be provided.
  • Some training institutes will be set up that can make children self-sufficient by making them learn some vocational skills.
  • Finally and most importantly, a completely different examination system will be developed. The exams must be comfortable and helpful to the students rather than frightening. Instead of long hours of examinations, even in the primary level, short tests should be conducted.

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