Author : EnrolmentDesk
As a teacher and a spectator, I have seen a sea of change when it comes to education in India. Though I am from Hyderabad, I have been witness to some of the major changes in education.
There are many of us who always remain skeptics and we regard education in India as a continuous and never ending avalanche of exams. We even go to the extent of thinking that we end up creating theorists. This is a view I totally disagree with. I for one believe that we have made massive strides in imparting quality education both to the haves and the have nots.
Just look at the number of top rankers coming out from II tier and III tier cities and towns. Back in the eighties, when I was a student, there was a massive gap between convent education and government school education and people had very few options. Now, we have a lot many options when it comes to education.
Partly, globalization and economic reforms might have been the major causes for changes in education. I think the internet is a major cause though!
Hitherto, as we knew it, schooling started for a child at the age of five. When we compare it with the situation today, the concept of pre schooling is deep rooted in our culture now. The concept of providing education to children aged between three to five years has caught on and is in huge demand. Right now, we have many private preschools that operate all over the country. The interesting aspect of these preschools is that they have devised their own approaches of education.
One used to think of preschools as daycare centers; however, gradually as they started adopting approaches like that of Montessori, Playway, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, HighScope, Bank Street, and Parent Co-Ops, people noticed the change. It was even surprising to me how much more social skills, communication skills and readiness to mainstream school did these children coming from preschools had!
Increase in population has led to an increase in demand for early child education. Not only the private sector, even the government has taken notice of this and is about to come up with Balwadis in the model of Euro Kids.
Back in those days the major issues of higher education in India was that of shortage of qualified teachers and higher dropouts of students. The dismal number of school students who went on to become graduates was quite a worry those days. Also, it was quite difficult to find teachers who could teach English. This lead to a very bad student to teacher ratio, which heavily affected the education delivery and monitoring system. There was little choice for parents to choose a proper school for their children.
If I zoom out and look at the situation now, I certainly feel that I could have done much better with the infrastructure now. Not only is there a huge increase in the number of schools, the quality of the education has also improved considerably. There are more qualified and trained teachers now.
One thing that really strikes me as a positive change is that girls are outperforming boys in all exams. Most CBSE ICSE school results showing girls topping in the exams has brought me immense joy. Apart from improvement in the quality of education, we are witnessing changes in the very philosophy of teaching children. There is lesser emphasis on memorizing and more emphasis on application.
Changes like these along the advent of International Schools and internet into the everyday classroom, are bound to bring out new age graduates who would certainly shape a better country.