When a country’s Rural Education Sector is performing well, it contemplates on the entire economic state of a nation. Even though India’s literacy rate has shown some growth over the last few years, it has not been able to grant the kind of education that modern times demand.
The rural education scenario in India needs to be upgraded. There are several issues that the ‘Indian Education System is undergoing–the major one being the-Unfortunate Rural Education Scenario.
Significant Interruption in the rural education system—
The fact is that even today, a considerable part of India’s population still resides in Rural India and there is hardly any attention being paid to the education system.
As per a Survey Report called the “Annual Status of Education Report”, more than 50% of the students in fifth standard attending rural schools are incapable of reading a second standard textbook and cannot solve basic mathematical questions.
Various issues are damaging our rural education system, says-‘The Education Report 2018’—
- Lack of Adequate Schools: The rural parts of India are struggling a lot when it comes to local transportation. This problem poses a massive threat to education in rural Indian due to limited schools in the vicinity. The problem in transport coupled with schools located at a long distance in rural areas, urges parents not to send their kids to schools, thus keeping them devoid of education.
- Lack of Affordable Educational Establishments: Residents of rural India usually come with low-income sources which are generally required for basic survival, making education out of their reach. The shortage of Government Schools in the local areas discourages parents more to spend on their kids resulting in no knowledge being imparted.
- Very Poor Infrastructure: The schools in rural India have an inferior infrastructure. There is a lack of well-trained teachers, which disturb the student-teacher ratio. This leads to very poor-quality education.
The Rural-Urban Drive—Even though we are ‘One Nation’, we still have a rural-urban divide in every aspect. Studies have demonstrated a considerable gap between rural and urban education. The system of education is different in urban schools. While the teaching methodology– in rural schools is still primitive, the urban schools impart modern ways of teaching and focus on the development of each student.
So, as a community, how can we help change the state of Affairs at the provincial level?
Introducing Modern and Better Techniques, to our education system, can help rural children come on par with the urban students.
*Set up more schools: The parents in Rural India can be encouraged to send their kids to school, only if there are enough schools near their homes and at a very minimal cost. For those who come from a small financial background, the government needs to provide for their books, library and laboratory facilities so that they are not left with any reason for not attending the schools.
*Focus on conceptual learning: Modern-day education system requires people to be aware of what they are learning with the knowledge of its application, and this can be done only when basic concepts are cleared right from their schooling.
*Merge Technology and Education: Rural schools need to place significance on technology like basic computer knowledge, so that they are not left behind. Also, in the digitally growing world, every child needs to be aware of essential technologies and their usage.
*Think outside the classroom: Kids must be well aware of the world around them, and this can be possible only when they are shown around. This can also help them understand the concepts practically and will remember them for long.
There is undoubtedly a massive gap between rural and urban education system, however, if dealt with accuracy, this gap can be filled in, and we can create a common platform amalgamating students across the country.
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