NEP 2020 : Busting Myths and Misconceptions in the Indian Education System

The New Education Policy of India is a giant leap towards a better education system. This new dynamics has not only changed the structure but also changed the meaning of education in every possible term. The 34 years old system has broken down and is supposed to tackle some of the most perceived misconceptions and myths regarding the Education System in India.



Let’s discuss a few of them in detail –

1. EXAMINATION IS THE ONLY WAY TO TEST THE CALIBER OF A STUDENT

Myth
From a very young age, a student is taught to study for examination and get promoted to the next class.  It is believed that an A graded student is the best in his class. Board examination for class 10th and 12th, the two milestones in the Indian Educational system decide the future of a student whether it is the choice of stream or college and students keep believing that grading and marking scheme will lead their career.

Busted
Many countries like Finland, having the best educational system follow the system of no examination till the age of 16 and yet it works really well for them. Taking a cue from Finland’s system, Indian system should focus more on encouraging the student’s creative impetus rather than subjecting them to memorizing lessons. Talking about the boards, they do not so much assess a student’s understanding of the topics of what they learnt but grade them on their capabilities to memorize and correctly write the matter from textbooks.

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2.  CREATING FEAR AND PRESSURE ON STUDENTS HELP IN BETTER LEARNING

Myth
This is often seen in toddlers that a  fear of completion of homework and assignment prevails in them. A toddler gets his work done because of his fear of the teacher and not for sheer learning. Parents and teachers together get a child under pressure of running in a race and completing the homework first. It is taught to them that coming first is all that matters.

Busted
 A healthy environment between the student, teacher and the parents help the child not only academically but also mentally and socially. Warmer relations of the children allows them  to think out of the textbook and for a better future. Many countries like Finland , and Japan  believe in less homework so as to not burden the child. Many surveys claim that more homework helps in giving better results, but countries like Finland prove that the homework doesn’t determine results.

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3.  BADGE OF OFFICE BEARER IS THE THE IDENTITY OF A LEADER

Myth
Going down our memory lane of school days, we remember having various office bearers, namely, head boy, sport’s captain, cultural head. The office bearers were always considered superior and better in many aspects like academics, sports, and extra curriculars too. Even in today’s times it is observed  that the office bearers are all-rounds and have leadership qualities. For a person to be a leader, he has to have a badge. 

Busted
For a person to be a leader, it isn’t a hard and fast rule that they have a badge. They could have all the qualities of a leader and yet not be a badge holder for ‘not all heroes wear a cape’. It is the deep inner personality that decides that is a student a leader and not the tag alone. Badge to only a handful of students in a school often leads to jealousy and lack of self- confidence among the students.

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4. SACRIFICING SOCIAL LIFE WILL GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL LIFE

Myth
Every year an average of 2 Lac IIT-Jee and NEET aspirants leave their hometown and move to Kota, Rajasthan, the coaching hub of India. They move to a different place all together to get an environment for studies leaving behind their social lives. That’s not all, some of the students cut themselves off from all friends and relatives aiming for a better academic growth. Students isolate themselves for the preparation of various competitive examinations believing it will help them concentrate more. 

Busted
 While cutting themselves off from the society the students do not quite think about the consequences of it. After a period of isolation the loneliness often affects their mental health causing anxiety and depression resulting in lack of focus and emotions. In Kota only 5% of the total students get selected for their desired college, the rest 95% , who too left their social lives, either drop another or go back home. A method of cutting social life might be helpful to many students but it doesn’t guarantee success for everyone and it comes with it’s own adverse effects on the health of a student. It must be taken in care that the balance between the social and the academic life is maintained. If a student doesn’t get the desired results in his academics, it will make him lose his confidence, morale and not to mention the social circle he sacrificed. 

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5. Only the elites, privileged and wealthy will survive in the long run

Myth
A lot of people think that those who require special needs cannot compete in the big bad world. We create a stigma in the minds of people that only the wealthy can study in the best colleges in India. People tend to look down upon those who come from the less privileged background such as villages and rural areas.

Busted
India is land of opportunities and people usually from the less privileged background tend to achieve and accomplish more than the already privileged. Rich people are the most insecure ones and they like to put someone from a poorer background down in every step. The language of English is also considered a big factor in deciding whether you will do well or no and it is not true in any sense.

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The central government in India has approved the New Eduction Policy and it will be interesting how they will be implementing it. To read more on Fake News, click here.

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