Academies... A glimpse

To cultivate the intellectual growth of a nation, education is the most important tool. Schools, of course, play a vital role in this regard as apparently the strength ofa personality depends on the fundamental education. Education means learning, learning tends towards meditation and all these links conjoin to form the gilded chains of tolerance, compassion and humanity. We see people around us entangled in many difficulties and as part of the same society, we need to help them out, but we have become oblivious to our surroundings. The ultimate goal, which everyone is desperate to gain by any means, is to become wealthy. Now if we observe the dilemma of modern life, the problem evidently lies here in the education system.

Education has lost its true meanings. Today, education is nothing more than to score the ‘highest marks’ among friends and family and to earn a fancy job. It remains true, most of the times that the building of one ‘s career stands on the foundations of the degree pursued. But the true objective of education is to make a person, a human being. The perspective with which an educated person views day to day affairs, even the trifling ones, is positively distinguished from the one who has no education.

Education, undoubtedly, is turning into a business and this is alarming. Academies, aka coaching centers, running at the nook of every street have become business cum educational institutes. They have become compellingly necessary for a student, as schools and colleges, which are truly meant for the completion of syllabus each year. do not accomplish their jobs. Schools have in fact no excuse to blame, however, colleges start quite late each year and the delay is caused because of the overdue decimation of matriculation result. But at the same time, we see heavily charging private colleges fulfilling the need in the equally limited time span. Nonetheless, syllabus coverage and the attainment of good grades have turned quite problematic in the current era of fierce competition. Joining the academies and running them might not be an offense but keeping a student from knowing the importance of creativity and mental growth is a savage crime. What can you say apart from “You ‘ve got to be kidding,” when a second year student standing in the courtyard of his academy, witnessing and admiring the sight of a dramatic lunar eclipse breaks out all of a sudden, “How does a lunar eclipse occur?” It is indeed a threat to the true essence of teaching and learning both when a student who is just at the doorstep of his professional education does not remember primary school stuff. Furthermore, as a result of the propagation of the same thought of becoming an affluent overnight, for which the academies are working quite hard, the problem of ‘brain drain’ remains a constant alarm. The induction of native top skilled professionals in developmental projects can be of great benefit, adding to the pride of the nation. However, our country faces a progress gap due to the absence of a considerable number of them.

The students of today have also become ignorant of their manners towards a teacher. ‘Respect’ is the word which gets deleted from a student’s dictionary as soon as his parents start to pay heavy dues at an academy, where he shows impudence towards his teachers since his complaints against them are heeded fervently.

If countering the above-stated arguments, one says that academics are doing the so-called noble deed of syllabus coverage then it would absolutely be a lame claim. Depriving a student of all the extracurricular activities by Spreading the pessimism that ‘losing a single mark would push you to eternal failure and in turn unemployment’, is not appealing but appalling. And the most dangerous situation occurs when you are told in a quite pretentious tone, “Your College teachers won’t help you in scoring high as their teaching methodology is outdated. Follow us! We know the path to your success.” Cultivation of such primitive thoughts must be discouraged. This is how we face a downfall when we don’t venerate the venerable. A professor having an experience of almost fifteen years or more cannot be obnoxiously denied by an academy teacher, who is not even a lecturer at any recognized institute. ‘

The list of demerits of academy culture goes on and on whilst it is easily imaginable that how the everyday social life of a student is devastated when he gets deserted by a duty from eight in the morning till nine at night. It is only the discontentment and the avarice which has forced us far beyond the rule of ‘dawn till dusk’.

The ownership of such issues at the official level has never been seen and how could it be when a unified education system for all is not present. Education is provided here discriminately, on the basis of ‘classes’. Each concerned department at the administrative level Wants some other department to be held responsible for the duties of this public service. For example, a new amendment in the name of revolution was introduced which has divided the education department each to its province. So what happens now is the superiority of provincialism while the necessary unidirectional movement of a nation is dependent on the mental approach of the new generation which can only be molded through a central system of education.

Arguments on such discussions conclude to the only inevitable: The passion of learning and in connection to it, of teaching, needs to be revived among us.

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