KASHMIR: From Education to Employment — A barren journey


Views from Srinagar

Shabir Ahmad Shah

Despite huge educational investments on admission, monthly fee, transport charges, tuition fee and other charges there is no satisfactory results from education to employment.
The present education system only gives degrees and diplomas to the students but lagging in providing basic knowledge. It makes the students literate but not educate. The system produces the people having short term goal but not visionary personalities.
When they grow in life they are not able to give shape to their life, society, state and to the next generation. There is less emphasis on research activities and knowledge orientation programmes.
There is too much stress on getting marks and this encourages children to pass exams rather to learn concepts. Institutions are giving more stress on completing the syllabus to pass the examination instead of enhancing their personalities.
The present education to employment system is very cumbersome and expensive. Despite implementation of play way method at pre-nursery to multiple choice questions for admission in professional colleges do not provide any relief to the Students and Parents.
The present educational system provides engineers, doctors, CAs and other officers but lacking in progressive education. It does not test what the student has learned and what ideas they have of life and work. It does not test the character, the aptitude and the attitude of a student. It only prepares the youth as the job seekers and there is no sense of duty and sacrifice.
This education system is detached from the real world and it doesn’t make children ready to face the world outside. There is no intellectual development and the system aims to create a complacent labor force. There are no intellectual discussions happening. The system only trains them to memorize things.
Need of a progressive education system: A study published in the American Journal found that the students in the early elementary school are getting significantly more homework than recommended and in some cases nearly three times much more homework. The progressive education encourages skills, talents and improves aptitudes.
This system will inspire and motivate students to take calculated challenges. It will develop the student’s confidence and knowledge to face anything in life and make things happen.
Some countries in the world have good educational system and they have a definite set up for its implementation. They align the curriculum and prepare kids along similar tracks.
Kids have to finish the things at school and the time spent at home is reserved for family only. Extra work is often deemed unnecessary. To give students 15 minutes relaxation after every 45 minutes classwork.
Kids ought to stay kids as long as possible and it is not their job to grow up quickly and become memorizers and test-takers. Teachers must not afraid of experiments and we should encourage them to create their own mini-laboratories for teaching styles.
In Progressive Education System, the government makes its education policy decisions based solely on effectiveness. To become a teacher a candidates must have at least master’s degree. Student teachers often teach at affiliated elementary schools that adjoin a university.
Based on the concept “Instead of Competition, co-operation is important”, we have to minimize the number of private schools. Teachers are trained to issue their own tests instead of standardized tests. Teachers be trusted to do well without any motivation of competition and must be paid handsomely. The teachers must be rewarded regularly. Institutions that are involved in education must consider gainful and appropriate employment as the primary goal of their courses. The current curriculum structure of our schools and colleges is out dated.
Educational institutions have a choice that they can stick to the old curriculum or fight a long battle to change it. There is plenty of scope for continuing and deepening exchanges of knowledge and experience on training and skill development programmes. It is particularly valuable to share the experiences in dealing with the more difficult challenges of maintaining the relevance of education and training.
Health care at schools and colleges: In some schools across the globe there is a full-time certified school nurse who spends most of his or her day attending to the acute or chronic health problems of a student. He or she handles acute health problems, administers medications, and performs health assessments and screenings as well. He or she also refers children to their physician for physical exams, diagnosis, and treatment. School nurses can also play a central role in promoting a healthy and safe school environment.
— Courtesy: RK.
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