There is an urgent need of adopting alternative education models because schools in India have failed miserably in their duties to impart the right education to students.
By Rakesh Raman
It was the first Educhat session of 2016 on Sunday as the RMN Foundation school students in New Delhi deliberated a range of issues related to the need for alternative education in India.
The weekly Educhat program allows the students to discuss burning topics of contemporary relevance in their education.
The Sunday program on alternative education was anchored by RMN Foundation school teacher Rakesh Raman while four students – Sultan, Sanif, Saraswati, and Faizan – participated as guests. They also handled a slew of intriguing questions from the students in the audience.
It was concluded in the discussion that there is an urgent need of adopting alternative education models because schools in India have failed miserably in their duties to impart the right education to students.
Today, it is almost impossible for students to get a good job in the market after completing their conventional education from Indian schools and colleges. Reason: Most teachers are incompetent and the syllabuses are painfully obsolete.
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Problems in the Indian Schools:
Untrained teachers who are clueless about the requirements of the modern job market
Overcrowded classes that have even more than 70 students in a class while the ideal teacher-student ratio should be 1:25
Schools running in multiple shifts to show only the increased number of enrollments without any focus on the quality of education
Flawed education policy of the government, as most Indian politicians and bureaucrats who are supposed to make the policy are themselves uneducated
Government schools bribe the students with midday meals and monetary allowances so students and parents must not raise their voices against the poor quality of education
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Alternative education can help overcome the challenges being faced by the traditional schools, as alternative models can keep pace with the changing demands of the employers in the modern world.
Key takeaways from the Educhat discussion:
Parents should learn how to evaluate the schools education outcomes
As most parents know that school education is not relevant for the careers of their children, they should look for alternative education options
As government officials lack skills, government must support schools that provide alternative education through innovative pedagogical models
Students and parents should immediately stop taking government largesses including trifling monetary allowances and meals, and send their children to only those independent schools that provide modern education
RMN Foundation school students are taught to express their views through various communicative ways such as writing, drawings, and debating.
RMN Foundation has introduced the Educhat form of discussion to empower its students to observe, think, analyze, and express their views on crucial topics that impact their education.
Schools in India
As schools in India operate with unskilled teachers who use archaic curricula and obsolete teaching techniques, most students fail to survive in the modern-day world when they move further in their careers.
As a result, Indian students with degrees and diplomas are not employable in any modern profession. Worse, they are not even trainable for a professional job because their knowledge level is abysmally bad.
The poor standard of education in India is reflected in the country’s worsening Human Development Index (HDI). Published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), HDI – among other parameters – indicates the education standard and level of skills in a country and lets you know if people in that country are able to achieve their goals.
Unfortunately, India falls at No. 135 in the global list of countries ranked on the basis of their HDI. That means, despite all the loud claims by the Indian government about the education standards in the country, the education in India is not producing skilled workforce.
To overcome this educational predicament, RMN Foundation has developed its own Constructive Education Framework to connect education with employability.
This is an alternative education option for students who want to get the right professional job and progress in the knowledge-driven world.
Free Modern Education
RMN Foundation schools are now providing free education to the children of economically weaker sections of the society in New Delhi.
The Foundation plans to open thousands of such schools where hundreds of thousands of students could get free modern education.
Moreover, RMN Foundation is working actively to open residential schools for poor and orphaned children where they could get the best education for their career and personality development to progress in today’s highly competitive world.
RMN Foundation aims to open at least 1,000 residential schools for over 100,000 students by the year 2020. Most of these schools will be set up in India and a few of them will be based in other poor nations of the world.
Formed in May 2015, RMN Foundation is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of the Raman Media Network (RMN) Company, which is working in diversified content creation, management, and distribution businesses on a global scale.
RMN Foundation is registered as an educational and public charitable Trust with the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi at New Delhi, India. You can get more information about RMN Foundation at its website.
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