The year 2020 has hit us all differently and at many levels. And we don’t know the aftermath of the pandemic yet. But hopes are high that we will get a vaccine by next year and so, planning a recovery agenda is a necessary step that must be taken into consideration to deal with the situation that is caused by this pandemic. And reforming the education system is surely a one-of-its-kind area to emphasize more in the years to come.
The current education scenario
Indian education system mostly focuses on enlightening the ones who have good academic performances rather than taking interest in those who have creative skills as well. Though, the scenario is changing a little and some institutions are also focusing on the creative talents of the students, the percentage of such institutions is meager. And the covid-19 pandemic has added more complications in the education system with the implementation of online classes as all schools and colleges are shut down to stop the spread of the virus. But for how long will this situation sustain? The reform in the system must come soon…
The reform that must be brought
Firstly the one thing that needs to be changed in our education system is to make it multi-dimensional. Like we need to make our learning more knowledge-oriented and include multidisciplinary subjects as part of our courses. Having said that, the subjects that need to be emphasized more also includes the liberal arts and science knowledge alongside gaining digital expertise as we are going to be a digitally superior nation in the years to come. The post-covid situations would have a high demand for such students who have knowledge of both. The recruiters would certainly look out for employees that have creative knowledge plus bookish knowledge as well. These modifications in our education culture have become necessary.
How the reform will affect the current education system
If such reform in the education system comes into action then it would not only benefit a whole lot of mediocre students who have other profound creative skills rather than just topping the academics but it will also bring changes in the country’s economic condition. As there will be more demand for such courses and similar job profiles will be filled with the deserving candidates. Thus, it is high time our education system looks out for bringing changes to gain better skills and knowledge.
The Policy Times suggestion
- India is a country where academics are majorly emphasized by both students and their parents rather than using creative skills. The real meaning of education is somehow lost in the race to get “good marks” in an exam. So, a reform in the current education system is a significant need of the hour.
- The Government must lean on developing a more skill-oriented education system rather than just emphasizing on prioritizing academics. The higher institutions like IITs and NITs must also make ways for creative learners than just the ones who perform well in their academics.