By:Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh
It is said that “no atom bomb or a long range missile is required” to destroy a Nation, simply destroying Education is enough to destroy a Nation. Yes, In this day of Internet and IT of 21st Century, in what direction our Education system is treading? This is the question that many asked. Is the knowledge, the skill that our education induced to our youths good enough or compatible with the fast moving technology of 21st century? It seems that the present education system is not valued base system rather it’s mark based education system. Because of this mark base education system, our youths are unable to cop up with any situation crop up at any point of time in our society which cause them frustration and depression. The beautiful Manipuri rhymes like “THATHA THABUNGTON…..”NUNGSAO SARO URUM LEIMA CHANGKHARO……” “CHONGNA CHONGNA KAGERA THOUNA FABA SAKERA………” etc were replaced by Twinkle Twinkle Little Star……Ba Ba Black ship…….Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall……etc. Isn’t the beginning of destroying our cultural heritage based on high moral value which has been transmitting through our rich tradition? Now a days, our children right from Primary level doesn’t learn anything about our tradition and culture, if Im not mistaken (may be lack of my personal information & knowledge). When we were in Class-I, we were taught some good moral lessons like “PHAJABI GHARI HURANBA” “YAHOU NGANBA HAKCHANG FEI KHONGHOU HANBA LAMJEL THOI” etc. These days’ children are taught anything in memorizing way of teaching. Heavy home works are being given to these young & tender children. Home works are being done either by parents or tuition teachers. Parents are happy when their children are given good marks by class teachers. But, is that mark, the mark obtained due to real work of the student? After day long hectic activities at the school, majorities of our students are send to private tuition. Why? Is it parent’s aspiration of giving good education to their children to be a good citizen in future or children are not taught properly at the schools? Because of heavy academic schedule, they don’t have time to play, talk with friends and parents (Except inside the van during going to schoolx
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Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.