One of the strengths that our country has is the population of youngsters that we have. In fact as per the last census, the student population in India stands at 315 million, which is more than 25% of the country’s population. As is evident, there are lakhs of young minds yearning to transform their mirrors of imagination into windows of reality.
Over the years, the demand for children’s education has grown by leaps and bounds. Everybody from the poorest of the poor to the well off, acknowledges the value of education in the overall development of children. Basically, the object of education is threefold i.e. physical, mental and spiritual. A perfect system of education must do full justice to all those three above.
The importance of learning is to enable the individual to put his potentials to optimal use. Education makes an individual a right thinker and a correct decision-maker. It achieves this by bringing knowledge from the external world, teaching reason and acquainting one with the past history, so that s/he can be a better judge of the present. A well-educated person is a more dependable worker, a better citizen, a center of wholesome influence, pride to his/her community and honor to the country. A nation is great only in proportion of its advancement in education.
If we take a look at the Education Structure existing in India, we find that, it is divided broadly in five stages: Pre-primary, Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary. Schooling in India follows the “10+2 pattern”.
Moreover, if we take into consideration the Indian Education Scenario, we would find that, in the post- independence period, the pace of educational development has been unprecedented by any standards. The government was committed to ensuring universal elementary education (primary and upper primary) education for all children aged 6-14 years of age through its flagship program, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). It is assumed that, the chief aim of such an education must have been just to fit one to earn a living. It is called “Bread and Butter” system of education, as well. With the above situation and concept in mind, on April 1, 2010, India has reached a historic milestone in country’s struggle for
Children’s Right to Education. The Constitution (86thAmendment) Act 2002 making elementary
education a Fundamental Right and its consequential legislation, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, comes into force. The enforcement of this right represents a momentous step forward in 100 – year struggle for universalizing elementary education.
While it may be concluded that, Education is a fundamental human right, without which capabilities for a decent life and effective participation in society are less likely to be developed, the implementation still poses a lot of challenges. Some of the websites are supporting this initiative by providing free NCERT Book Answers to ensure the educational resources are available. Since the RTE Act has provided us the tools to provide quality education to all our children, it is now imperative that we, the people of India, join hands to ensure the implementation of this law in its true spirit. The Government is committed to this task though real change will happen only through collective action and we must come forward willingly for the same.
That is minimum education must not be defined in terms of age but in terms of basic knowledge to be
possessed to serve the society. With education, one can finds him-self in a room with all its windows
open to the outside world.
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