Uplift Rural Education in India and Rediscover Better Educated People
A huge demography in India lives in rural areas. So, education in rural India is very important. A survey by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) recently indicated that there are an increasing number of students who are attending the rural schools but they are actually a way behind in their education. It was found out that most of the 14 to 18 years old students were not even able to solve IV standard maths problems or were able to read a simple sentence in English, which was of Class II standard. This means there is surely some kind of problem in the system of rural education in India. The problems definitely needs to be solved to improve the education system of the country. But how to improve?
Some ways of how to improve this rural education scenario in India has been highlighted here:
Improvement in the infrastructure of the government schools
You may find a few private schools in the rural areas but these schools charge high and so parents hardly admit their children out there. They prefer government schools for that reason. But the problem with the government schools in rural India is that they have a very poor infrastructure. They don’t even have proper chairs or tables to sit and study let alone a playground, laboratory or library. So, the first thing that needs to be done is to improve the infrastructure of these schools for giving the students an environment where they will be able to learn to the best of their abilities. This can either be done by the government or any other organisation who has the fund and wants to cater to the needs of quality education in rural India.
Enrolment of students to a BVM school
Parents living in West Bengal should enroll their child to a school named Bodhoday Vidya Mandir (BVM) Enlightenment of Knowledge. The school is run by a Asha Bhavan Centre, an NGO in West Bengal. It provides quality education to its students & has modern educational infrastructure. It’s a chain school system. Presently, there are 10 schools of Bodhoday Vidya Mandir in different remote rural areas of the state such as Bishnupur, Katwa, Bhalkundi, Panchagarh, Sekhalipara, Natun Hasanpur, Par Bakshi, Laxmikantapur and Marokhana. 2500 students are studying here. Enrolling children to this school means the little one would be imparted with quality education improving the rural education scenario of the country. Parents must be educated to send their children to schools like BVM in India.
Provision of specialised coaching classes
We all know how the teaching staff in government schools of rural India and what kind of education is imparted to the students by them. Some of us might also be aware of the impact of such education on these students and the rural education scenario of the country as a result. In these schools low quality education is imparted to students and there are huge number of drop outs every year as well. To eradicate this school drop out problem specailised coaching centres need to be established by the NGOs. Proper educational support must be provided to these students in the rural areas by the trained teachers of these coaching centres and classes should be held on regular basis. ABC India has 31 coaching centres in Howrah supporting 1100 students of rural Bengal presently.
Teaching style needs to be changed
Traditional teaching methods & concepts have become outdated nowadays. New age technology & upgraded learning system is the need of the house. So, in this era of Digital India, the education system also needs to be digitalised. The government schools should have smart classes – this would eliminate a lot of problems that the present education system is facing in rural India. For example, with smart classes, elementary skills of the rural students would be empowered to a great extent.
The schools in rural India lacks skill-based learning approach. The students only learn what the schools want them to and not what they wish to learn. This system needs to be revamped in urban India as well. The students needs to be identified with their strengths to offer them with proper training in their interested fields. This would ensure a child to shine in his/her particular area of interest.
We should stop the blame game by now. Blaming one another is not going to help in offering quality education. It is only the issues that would be addressed but no proper step or action would be taken for improving the quality of education in rural India. So, let us start implementing all things that are needed to have a better educated India by uplifting the rural education system of the country.
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