“We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect. To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population”
The British were in need of clerical jobs, so Macaulay proposed an educational system where students were trained to work like clerks in British business houses. Since the inception of the English Education Act in 1835, the system hasn’t changed much.
Students in India are trained to work under someone, for someone; well, the entire dream today gets stagnant at the point of getting a “good job at an MNC”.
Transitory, illusionary however it may be, I am flummoxed by the coaching culture that has evolved with time.
Holistic development as one may say, is like a mirage in the current socio-political disposition of India. The education system which was once ratified by the dominant Britishers has not been emended yet. It is a matter of immense irony that the brains that are claimed to be the best in the world, cannot grasp things in one go.
Undoubtedly, the children are not at fault. Time which should be utilised in other activities that develop personality is being utilised in visiting a school in the evening.
Isn’t that erratic? Something that can be done in one go, has to be done twice. The trend has become such that without going to the evening school one may not succeed.
A common misconception is that people in schools don’t teach. The fact is that you study in the evening, so teachers there aren’t interested to teach someone who has an alternative and is disinterested.
Two education systems run in parallel, where one can tuition and prepare for some exam. How much folly is there on the part of the education system, that children study on two curricula completely opposite to each other.
Universal curriculum has become another political enterprise of the parties. I don’t know when it will be possible. Is it a distant dream? This highlights the extremely lackadaisical approach of the educational policy makers.