A Government School Building in Delhi

A Government School Building in Delhi

The quality of education in India is bad. The teaching methods and syllabuses in Indian schools and colleges are so stale that they are stinking.

By Rakesh Raman

As the admission temperature in Delhi University (DU) colleges is getting hotter than the city’s summer heat, the disturbing student-seat ratio has come as a shocker for most local students.

The current data shows that over 200,000 students have cleared the Class 12 CBSE exams from Delhi and are trying to find an entry in the local colleges. Approximately an equal number of non-Delhi students are in the queue for DU college admissions.

However, according to a Delhi BJP leader Vijay Goel, roughly 70 colleges of Delhi have only 54,000 seats of which 26,000 seats are reserved for students who belong to all sorts of backward categories.

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Goel says that nearly 60% of the balance 28,000 seats get occupied by the students who do not belong to Delhi. That means, only about 11,000 seats are available for Delhi’s 200,000 normal students who have cleared Class 12. In other words, only 1 out of every 20 students will be able to get admission.

What will others do who won’t get admission? They will wander aimlessly on Delhi’s streets and roads. Some of them will join open learning schools which are worse because they don’t follow any teaching methodology that can make a student employable. Open schools are for dumb students who cannot learn anything in their lives.

A large number of students who have rich parents will also run toward private colleges in which the quality of education is pathetic. Such students will simply waste their own time and their parents’ money. They will not be employable.

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In order to overcome this horrible situation, Goel suggests eligibility test for students who seek admission in DU colleges. This will be a very good move considering the fact that mass copying and other unfair practices have become a norm in Delhi schools.

As a result, more than 90% of the students who clear Class 10 or Class 12 exams are actually duffers who do not deserve a college admission.

The BJP leader also demands 85% college seats reserved for students from Delhi. As most Indian political leaders are boors, they don’t understand that all types of reservations are killing the competitive spirit among students and those who get benefited out of reservations are not competent enough to stay in any career race. That’s why most Indian degree holders remain unemployed.

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Goel also reveals that Delhi government has not opened even a single new college in the past 13 years. In order to accommodate more students, he proposes evening classes in the existing colleges.

That’s okay. But what will people do after completing their studies in these colleges? There are no jobs for them. Will they simply paste their degrees on walls or hang them around their necks? Politicians have no answers to such questions.

The quality of education in India is bad. The teaching methods and syllabuses in Indian schools and colleges are so stale that they are stinking. Also, most teachers are so incompetent that they should be immediately thrown out of their jobs.

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And government must create a stringent eligibility test for existing teachers. Only those teachers should be allowed to retain their jobs who clear the test. Similarly, new teachers should be hired based on their performance in the test. Then we can hope to see an improved quality of education.

Recently, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee also stressed on the need to improve quality of higher education in the country.

The President said India has a large higher education network comprising 757 universities and over 38,000 colleges. However, he said, issues relating to quality and excellence are one of the biggest challenges, yet to be addressed comprehensively.

Delhi needs to follow the President’s advice and instead of increasing the number of schools or colleges, the Delhi government must focus on improving the quality of education in schools and colleges. And that’s the whole point.

By Rakesh Raman, who is the managing editor of RMN Company and runs free schools for poor children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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