In my view, competition, commercialisation, neglect of primary education and substandard educational institutes are causes that need immediate attention. Radical changes in the system are not warranted.
Classroom education was given to us by the Britishers. Their objective was to produce desk personnel to run the administration and have a communicable military force. These simple aims needed general curriculum and minimum infrastructure. As time passed, the country needed scientists, engineers, doctors, bureaucrats and citizens of good quality, but the means remained stagnant and hence the weeds.
Besides general education, as practised by earlier schools, schools now need infrastructure for sports, scientific laboratories, hobbies and cultural workshops. Instead, poor quality government schools mushroomed all over the country.
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