The educational system, more particularly from primary to the senior secondary level,requires greater attention and more concentration.
Formal and informal education together shapes the human being on the expected lines towards the ultimate objective. From time immemorial, our forefathers and national leaders have invariably given adequate care and exclusive attention to the educational system of our country. Their vision, dedication and commitment to the cause have resulted in the systematic creation and effective preservation of a legacy through which a rich heritage, unique culture and communal harmony got enshrined into our national fabrics. It is said that we must have the whole education of the country spiritual and secular,in our hands, and it must be on national lines, through national methods,as far as practicable. The basic education envisages, the harmonious development of the personality of the individual , his social cultural and spiritual development, preparation for complete living, character formation, social training for effective citizen ship and economic self sufficiency. As per the words of late Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam, scientist and former president of India,” the Education System has a tremendous responsibility to transform a child into a leader, that transformation from” what you can do for me?”to” what you can I do for you?”.
The educational system now existing in our country has been evolved based on various commissions.
Educational policy is expected to satisfy two important parameters of growth, character formation and skills development keeping in view employability as well as enterprinership.
According to Dr. S Radha Krishnan, “Education should be imparted with a view to the type of society that we wish to build, we are working for a modern democracy built on the values of human dignity and equality. These are the ideals we should make them living forces.
Today 18 years old child is regarded as an adult while 11 years old is termed to be entering preadolescent phase. The prolonged phase between childhood and adulthood, which is known as phase of adolescence, has been resulting in a generation gap.
The teen-age years encompass vitally important States of brain development, full of vulnerabilities and exceptional strength. Teen react differently making them capable of great success but impulsive risk takers as well. The youth consider adult culture as narrow and orthodox, they take pride in being different and crave for recognition and acceptance. Gradually they develop a sense of self awareness, feeling of inadequacy and insecurity, possess unrealistic aspirations, frequently getting angry, hurt and disappointed which often leads to unrest followed by destructive mentally and emotionally negative thinking.
While there cannot be readymade solutions, careful planning and systematic approach to their problems can go a long way in gradually converting those threats into greater opportunities, where by the youth become the potential assets of the country. Children perform better academically and socially when they have a clear grasp of human values. Further it also inculcates in them a spirit of service, naturalism and secularism, tolerance, respect, and responsibilities. The same can be promoted through various cocurricular activities.
There is a need for identification of certain priority ereas in education which can contribute significantly to the futuristics vision of fulfledged nation.
Students who are not so bright in academics, to find alternative for gainful employment. In short cocurricular activities do help an adolescent to have a smooth and fruitful transition into adult world. It is worth quoting Dr APJ Abdul Kalam again, “Real education enhances the dignity of human being and increase his or her self respect, and universal brother hood in its true sense becomes the sheet anchor for such education.