14th September, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. Suicide rate among the youth and especially students are increasing in India. Education is to be blamed for this to a great extent. Education is today imparting attributes needed for competition and existentialist requirements in the market place and it is failing to give us eternal values like courage, character, patience, perseverance, endurance, honesty, integrity, etc. Do you agree? Give reasons. [10marks] 150 words.

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  • Deepak Tomar

    1. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults worldwide.
    2. The reasons for suicidal behaviour can be the lack of self determination, immaturity in handling challenges, lack of patience, etc.
    3. This can be due to faulty education scenario which fails to inherent life-skills in an individual. Thus reorienting education for values is needed.
    4. Role of informal education is of equal importance.
    5. The current model of education contributes to the lopsided development of students. This model of education puts exclusive focus on cognitive to the total neglect of the effective domain and presents an alienation between head and heart.
    6. Students are nurtured in a spirit of excessive competition and are trained right from the beginning to relate to aggressive competition and facts detached from contexts.
    7. The individualistic idea of excellence is promoted at the cost of emotional and relational skills. Young learners hardly understand why they are in school, why they are studying different subjects and how their schooling will be helpful to them.
    8. Their understanding is limited to learning about the subjects. They hardly know how they should live their lives, commit themselves to the welfare of the country, care about the environment and other social and moral issues. They are not clear as to what sort of persons they hope to become when they complete their school education. Education of this kind turns children into machines. Such a perspective defeats the very purpose of education – the wholesome development of personality including ethical development which is fundamental for making responsible decision making in case of moral conflicts.
    9. This requires adoption and structuring of the curriculum in such a manner that optimises the transmission and assimilation of values within and outside the classroom. Every lesson, routine activity and environment becomes value-centric and the entire gamut of relationships and processes in the school is thereby strengthened and empowered.
    10. We also need to see about the role of various institutions in this regard.