What is wrong with Indian education system?

I asked my kindergarten going brother, randomly a few questions.

Out of which a question was ‘How are you ?’

He said firmly, ‘Fine, Thank You’ without a blink.

അങ്ങനെ വെച്ചാൽ എന്താ? , I asked him next in our mother tongue, malayalam.

(Translation: What does that mean? )

He replied again innocently, much slower this time,

‘Fine , Thank You… it is…’

It took me a while to make him understand my question.

But he didn’t have an answer to it. He kept mum but kept looking at me with a smile and tongue out.

I call this the very fundamental problem with our Indian education system.

73 thoughts on “What is wrong with Indian education system?”

      1. Yeah I’ve seen children talking like a robot because they’re forced to by heart everything and at the end of the day they’ll only know the sentences but not the meaning. Yeah the name is a bit misleading 😉

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  1. Such a concise post on quite a vital issue that’s often deemed unimportant in our country. This is indeed a grave issue that I don’t see changing in the near future but as an optimist I can always hope for the best. I like how liberal arts colleges are coming up in India but the schooling system erodes major potential of creative minds by confining them through rote learning.

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    1. We had better schools like santhiniketan as early as a century ago. But I don’t see such a huge change it has brought.
      But still as you said, lets keep being optimistic, and do the little what we can.
      Thank you for stopping by.


  2. Short and to the point – you’ve hit the nail on the head. The Indian education appears to train its student to memorise, reproduce, and repeat… but doesn’t do much in terms of instilling true understanding, deep integration, or original thinking.

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    1. It certainly has come a long way. But saying, keep moving and change will come automatically sounds practically optimistic, but the time it can take is totally unclear. Once you can see a change being successfully accepted, then things would get better at a much better pace.

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  3. Reblogged this on lovehappinessandpeace and commented:

    Junaid is Very right in saying that things are Not right with our Indian Education system.

    Actually, I had been thinking that Tamil Nadu was very poor in this field, and that Kerala was doing better. Sad to not that things are not much different there, making this really an ‘Indian’ menace.

    As we all know, it is not enough to merely note the fact. But Acknowledgement itself is a Great First step.

    1. Let us call to Mind that Democracy is Keeping things in check. Once we have noted that the ‘system’ itself is faulty, we should go through to those ‘incharge’ of that.

    2. This takes us to Demanding from the School Authorities themselves that we want our Children to ‘Understand’ what they are Speaking!

    3. What they are going to say is: “We are under Pressure to ‘Complete’ the Course!” And this takes us back to the ‘system!’

    It is Not enough if the syllabus in ‘Engineering’ colleges be reduced to 3-5 from 8-11. …What about the Children in the Formative stages?

    Unless WE demand changes in this, it is Not going to happen, and Sufferers would be Our Children, the Future Generations.




    Only this would bring about the Necessary Change.


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      1. Of course Book/College education and real life are different, Everywhere. …Leave aside the educational field, the ‘general’ field in India is such that MOst people do not want to criticise ‘Openly.’ This is not the US, after all. For all that, without pinpointing the problem, NO changes are going to take place. I am, and have been involved in the educational field. Are you?


  4. A very relevant post …….I have been a kindergarten teacher you know and the worst is that even if you want to change a few things ……some parents……higher authorities …..no one wants to accept it . They still want to walk on that age old path

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    1. The current condition is pathetic enough. But atleast it is better than nothing. We sure have come a long way since independence. I hope that happens soon again. In short, optimism still has a scope, I would say. 😀

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  5. When a child at that age acquires his mother tongue, the meaning of every single word and sentence is not explained to him; he picks up expressions from parents, TV, classmates , it is automatic and he never asks anyone to explain to him what it meant. Language classes try to replicate the way language acquisition happen naturally. And new age teachers try to avoid explaining each word and each sentence in mother tongue. Rather this is learned through role plays and activities and their meaning is interpreted by the child on her own. Your brother must have heard this question ‘ how are you?’ many times in his school; even outside the classroom set up and he knows exactly on what occasion it is put and what kind of answer is given to it . But when you asked him to explain what it meant in your mother tongue he could not, simply due to the reason that he was never asked to explain it before. By asking your brother to explain to you what the sentence meant in Malyalam, you were evaluating his translation abilities rather that his actual understanding of the meaning of the sentence. So this takes us back to one of the malfunctions of the Indian education system, which resides in the fact that parents /family members and teachers are never on the same page; there is a huge lack of trust . I see the solution to this lies in parents engagement and by that I do not mean sending weekly reports of what was done in the class and pictures as evidence of what has been learned but rather educating them through workshops on how education now is different from how it was at their time and how their expectations need to change. Teachers should share their visions and their pedagogical approaches with the parents. They should also be invited to attend certain classes. The Indian education has a plethora of problems; schools struggling to implement new age theoretical methods , a lack of quality teachers, as unfortunately education still attracts low achievers who are in the profession for reasons that are totally not related to educating. However, the example in your post is not a depiction of an existing problem in the education system itself, but a problem in the parent/sibling who still expects what was expected ,wrongly, of him 20 years ago or so.


    1. That was an immensely valuable input. A big Thank You for that. This shows more light on another integral part, which I missed out. This was something out of the common preferencial lists.
      But I think you must know one more thing. India have a great number of regional languages. Hence it is quite difficult to publish books in all of them. Hence, the most common medium used is English. He too learns in an English medium school. The issue is unless he knows English, he cannot properly have a grasp over other subjects! I might be testing his translation abilities in a way. But don’t you think that is still very much essential in such system.


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