Say what you may but today’s world is a money minded world. There’s no job that money can’t complete and there’s no job that can be completed without money. Money was created by man yesterday – today, money creates men but more often than not, lack of money destroys men. This is a world which promises scholarships to students provided they score to prove their mettle, when they don’t have the money to buy books in the first place. In case you didn’t get it, it’s like
asking people to swim across a river to win a cash award, when they don’t know how to swim – and the cash award is supposed to fund their swimming lessons.
Those who do get an education (equivalently a swimming lesson), the million <insert-currency-of-your-choice> question remain: Do students get the maximum benefit out of their respective education systems?
We have seen several memes flooding the internet on how we have learned nothing with regard to real life but we do know mathematical formulae.
When a guy/girl enters into his/her final year at school, well, I don’t have words – you have to experience it first hand. Some survive (me included, and if you did too – well Hi-5) and sadly, some just can’t handle the pressure. Hope. Dope. Rope. Well, the choice is theirs.
Parents (no offence intended) with all due care and concern for their child’s future, expect him/her to join a professional course i.e. Medicine. Engineering. Law. Accountancy.
So what is a professional course? Well, in a sentence, it is best described as THE COURSE which absolutely, unconditionally and unquestionably lands you in a job that’s looked up in the society. And of course, keeps your bank account healthy, wealthy and wise.
With so many bright people running the race to get to the finish line of “I-have-joined-the-best-course-in-the-best-college”, you might wonder how everyone will land in a dream job. Well, they don’t. We have a large number of people graduating out of colleges, but we do not have enough jobs for those degrees. What we do have are vacant jobs and unemployed people – But of course, you’d rather stay unemployed than get a job that isn’t up to your degree (sarcasm intended).
On the other hand, there are students with varied interests who are at times forced into these courses. This brings up two interesting points.
Point no. 1: These are the students who end up learning their lessons just to earn a degree and a job.
Point no. 2: Put that student in a course of their choice, and they’ll yearn to learn. After all, if you are to study something you love, well, you don’t have to study – it’ll be just fun.
And if you’re taking that course and feeling bad because of it, well, you are wasting the seat of some other guy who’s feeling equally bad as he couldn’t get into that course.
And hence, there are two kinds of students: Those who are going to learn to earn, and those who are going to yearn to learn.
Well, this is a problem all right. Well, a problem remains a problem, as long as it has a solution. The solution:
- Making parents and students understand and accept the fact that career options are burgeoning and are not as they were several years back. So it is fine for students to take up courses that are not very promising but close to their heart.
- Even though we do have a large number of doctors and engineers passing out, we still have many jobs without people. The ratio of patients to doctors itself is appalling in some areas. What we need is not just students who take up medicine for medicine’s sake. We need students who love the course – we need students who yearn to learn. (And this applies to all the other fields, not just medicine though)
- Poverty leads to illiteracy and illiteracy leads to poverty. It is a vicious circle. Literacy liberates. A literate child can liberate a family from poverty. And a family liberated from poverty can produce many more children, who are liberated from illiteracy. Now, that’s a glorious cycle.
So, let’s join hands to provide education for all. After all it education is a solution to multiple problems of the nation.