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Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?


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    May 16 2013: To elaborate more on the issues in Indian Education System, highlighted by Krishna in response to this conversation, following are my personal thoughts for this very important question:

    I would not blame the students or their parents completely for having the salary-oriented-degree-education perspective that they have. I think, India, as a developing country for the last 50 years so, is still in a transitory phase where money plays a very crucial role. Especially, when you have the worlds second largest population to cater to for the three basic necessities of humans - Food, Clothing and Shelter.

    If in this 21st century of Information Age, where on one end, you classify your country as a superpower in IT and Software Technologies and on the other, you struggle to pass an all important bill like "RIGHT TO FOOD" or "RIGHT TO EDUCATION", its difficult to understand the direction we're moving as a country.

    The majority of students in professional courses like Engineering, Meddicine, Law etc in India belong to the larger Middle Class of the economy. Their families have to shell out lacs of rupees to get their children enrolled in these prestigious courses, even if they have a high merit ranking. This is due to large number of private universities, government reservation systems based on caste, region etc. This, in way, makes our entire education system unfair for a huge part of our population. Not to forget, the reservations in government jobs, parliament etc,

    So, a students enrollment in a course ends up becoming more of a banking investment for the parents rather than a basic noble right of the child to get educated in thier fields of interst. To put in very simple words, "SUCCESS in EDUCATION, IN INDIA, HAS BECOME MORE OF A COMPULSION THAN BEING A DESIRE".

    So, when we have families ready to treat their children as investment commodities, you'll always have business people trying to make a university on the lines of an assembly line for manufacturing degrees.

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