While we are fast progressing in almost every possible field and also bringing in changes for the betterment of education, there still remains an area of neglect. No doubt, we have excellent universities like the Delhi University and equally good professional institutes like the IITs and IIMs, yet a lot remains to be desired.
Unfortunately, we are stuck with the age-old examination system to assess the students’ capabilities. Those scoring 80 to 90 per cent are considered geniuses, no matter how bad their understanding of the subject is. Schools and colleges judge a students’ knowledge of the topic through a three-hour examination. Students cram to memory and then jettison out all they had studied the previous night.
This is detrimental to both — the student as well as the institution. The student is not completely in sync with the subject. As the students are aware of the topics relevant from the examination point of view, they only do selective study. In their bid to prepare for the test, they overlook several topics which may hold practical significance.
The rote system of learning still rules the roost. Instead of monitoring a students’ progress at regular intervals, he is judged only in the annual examinations.
For a long time, educationists and academicians have debated whether the education system needs a revamp.
Indeed, we need to move with the changing times. Topics that are redundant should be done away with.
There has always been over-emphasis on the theory part of the subject. Students should be made more adept with the practical aspect of the subjects. More time should be spent in the laboratories than merely cramming formulae.
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