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Hidden problems in Higher Education

Hidden problems in Higher Education
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By: Suman Lone

‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’- William Butler Yeats

Indeed, the primary goal of education should not be just to impart knowledge, but to inspire and ignite the passion for learning and self-discovery in students. The hidden problem of higher education system lies in the misaligned expectations of the students, parents, and the institutions.

While parents aspire for the best for their children and want them to be well-equipped for the future, the institutions often fail to provide the necessary resources and opportunities for the holistic development of students.

Furthermore, the societal stigma of success being defined by academic grades often leads to students becoming spoon-fed, rather than learning to think critically and find solutions independently.

The education system also becomes problematic for students who enter the universities and colleges, especially government institutions, as they struggle to adapt to the real-world environment and find solutions for societal issues.

However, this problem can be addressed through the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, institutions, and students themselves. By fostering a friendly environment and providing effective counseling, students can be encouraged to explore their potential and develop crucial life skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and adjusting to new environments.

In conclusion, education is not only about grades and academic achievement, but also about fostering a love for learning and the development of a well-rounded personality. Let us work together to bridge the gap and create a more holistic educational experience for the future generations.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

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