As we are drawing to the close of an academic year, I would like you to reflect on the education system prevalent in schools in India – its merits and drawbacks. The merit of the system is that it ensures a good job at the end of the learning programme. This is the assurance most parents and students want from their respective schools and colleges and rightly so.
The drawback of this system is that we give a lot of emphasis on the intellectual development without catering to the emotional intelligence of the child. Our focus should also be on the non-cognitive skills that should enhance the overall development of the child. From the view point of the employer there are certain issues that schools and colleges lack to make the youth employable. One of them is the “skill gap” and the other one the “expectation gap”. In an institution of learning, a lot of emphasis should be given to communication and interpersonal skills so that the young work force can be articulate and can perform as a team member. Both these qualities are of prime importance. Another focus should be on developing the ability of students to think creativity and be innovative when faced with challenges. Creativity need not be art or literature , it can be just a new and improved method of doing things. This will go a long way in achieving success at work. On 21 March, 2015 the World Education Forum met in the Republic of Korea and signed the Incheon Declara-tion. “With a sense of urgency to a single renewed educa-tion agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind.”
With this we hope there will be a transformation in the vision of education over the next ten to fifteen years. Thus the educational experience that we provide for our future citizens must be to develop all round individuals who are socially useful but also stay happy pursuing what they are passionate about and productively contributing to society. This is the vision of our founding father St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and as a school we strive to provide the best for each of our young ones.