Education means training for life. The main aim of education is threefold-physical, mental and moral development of human personality. The test of a truly educated person is not knowledge but his/her being. He/she should be able to distinguish between good and evil; know what is right what is wrong. What is fair, what is foul? What is to be done and what should not be done? It teaches us how to lead a good and virtuous life. Judged both from academic and moral standards, we find a constant fall in the standard of education.
There are various reasons for the problem. All, the Government, the parents, the teachers and the students are responsible for it. The Government is indifferent to the problems. The changing Governments. in the country have failed to assess the real causes of educational deterioration. The education administration is slack, corrupt and rather helpless against the student community. There are no proper checks on the functioning of the educational institutions. Accountability is missing at all levels. The decisions taken at the Government level are seldom implemented.
The parents are equally responsible for the falling standard. Home plays the most important role in shaping the thinking and character of children and youths. In fact, a mother’s lap is the first school for the child. Parents are overindulgent with the children. They are allowed to do as they please. Lack of proper upbringing of the children is the main cause of poor discipline. Parents have no strict control on the youths. They absent from the classes, run truant, neglect their books and studies; and boldly use unfair means. Hardly 5% students complete 75% attendance. All these factors have made education a farce. The children of the up-starts, amassers of ill-gotten wealth and officials, behave in the most irresponsible manner and dame care for the authorities and the law. Parents give a cover to them.
At the college and university levels, very few teachers are devoted and dedicated. They do not pay the real price of knowledge- constant review. There are cliques and groups among the teachers. It is a common complaint that teachers do not take the classes regularly; come late and leave the classes before time. The Heads are rather helpless before the political appointees. Some of them are working in two institutions. They force the children to take tuitions. How can the students put up good results? Students, naturally do not respect them.
The greatest responsibility for the ill, falls on student community in general. Absenteeism, irregularity, unpunctuality and indiscipline are common practices. Girls are more serious and well disciplined. Most of them have a distant relationship with books and classroom teaching. Politically most of students are pampered and do as they please. The Government is sleeping or helpless. Not acquirement of knowledge but easy paper degrees or forged ones, is the aim of education before them. Peace that is essential for learning, is missing. Examinations have become more a test of unfair means and dishonesty than of attainment and proficiency.
Notes and keys are a curse for the whole system. Their printing must be stopped by law. The teaching of Arts, Commerce and Science must be supplemented by moral teaching. God does not change the condition of a people unless they themselves try to change it. The future appears to be dark.