made by the students in the questionnaire were sometimes
very valuable. We selected almost 700 of them (most of them
in English, but a few in Indian languages too), dealing
with a variety of questions (the question’s number
refers to its order in the questionnaire).
Barring correction of spelling errors and minor editing,
the comments are unchanged. We added a few remarks in italics
and within square brackets.
Q4. Would you prefer Indian culture to be taught
at school as part of the curriculum? Why?
Indian culture develops the mind-body-and soul of
an individual. But our existing system of education
develops only the mind. This makes the person more
like a machine.
• Yes, because loss of culture is loss of identity.
• Then only our education will be a complete
• We are Indians & should know everything
about Indian culture.
• Yes, because it cannot be taught by modernized
• Today’s students are tomorrow’s
citizens, hence it is very important for us to learn
• It will be helpful to learn about the rich
heritage of our own country instead of others.
• Yes, because lot of Indian minds are wasted
for no use.
• Yes, it is something that all Indians should
absorb in them.
• Yes, because we inherit the basic values of
right living from it.
• Until we know of our culture, it will be very
difficult to progress.
• Yes, other countries are doing the same.
• Yes, propagation of culture is the purpose
• Yes, every child should have knowledge about
his country’s culture.
• Yes, our culture will enable us to know ourselves
• Yes, we can learn the good behaviour which
is not followed by us.
• Yes, it is important in our daily life.
• Yes, India is our motherland, one should know
about his/her mother.
• Yes, it will be refreshing and we can learn
• Yes, the knowledge gained would be helpful
for the next generation.
• Yes, our culture is being eroded.
• Yes, it will help us to gain a full and complete
• Yes, one should know one’s own origin
and the culture of one’s country.
• Yes, if from a very young age we follow the
curriculum of Indian culture in our school we would
sure become better human beings.
• Yes, we are future generations of India, if
we are not acquainted with our culture, how can we
teach our future generation?
• Yes, then only we will be able to understand
our culture properly.
• Yes, we should at least know what our Indian
culture really means and what it wants from us.
• Yes, being an Indian has no significance until
unless one is aware of his culture.
• Yes, it will tell us more about our culture
and our culture will always remain with us.
• Yes, it is the only way to have a clear mind.
• Yes, other countries proudly boast about their
culture which is worth nothing in front of ours.
• Yes, we should know more about ancient contribution
• Yes, children have to know about their country
before anything else.
• Yes, it would make children proud of their
• Yes, Indian culture provides all the necessary
skills and knowledge.
• Yes, it would help in character and personal
• Yes, culture automatically brings education.
• Yes, a person’s behaviour is determined
by his culture.
• Indian culture has to be inculcated into children
right from the small age.
• Yes, I want to know more about my country.
• Yes, India is a cultural country.
• Yes, it can improve the body equilibrium and
peace of mind.
• We are Indian & we should have sufficient
knowledge about our culture which is considered to
be one of the best of the world.
• Yes because that is our base. We need to know
• Our culture is our real identity of being
• Yes, but it should not be a part of examinations
so that the tendency to mug up as with any other subject
is not encouraged.
• As it is, we students are facing a lot of
burden and wouldn’t want to learn anything more.
• No, because it is natural. It cannot be taught.
• No, it will then be attached to a marks tag,
I prefer this topic to be a part of our recreation
or extracurricular activities.
• If it becomes part of curriculum, it would
be just for the sake of getting marks, i.e. once learned
and crammed soon forgotten.
• No, it will then look like a burden on us
and we will not be able to understand it properly.
• No because the students would take it as a
burden and would not respect it.
• No, one should know all of it not for the
sake of exams alone but for joy of learning about
Will it help if subjects are taught in your mother tongue?
Why? [Note that most of the students expressing themselves
below are actually studying in English medium.]
Yes, if learnt in mother tongue, it stays permanently
• Yes, because we quickly absorb the study in
our mother tongue.
• Yes, because the understanding and thinking
• Yes, it helps to understand and concentrate
on the subjects.
• Yes, because it will help me to understand
• Yes, mother tongue is the base of proper study.
• We will be able to go deeper with our mother
tongue and would be more educated.
• Yes… Other countries say all the prayers
in their mother tongue e.g.: Japan, China, USA, Russia.
• Yes, in some cases if the teacher is not good
at English and are not able to explain themselves
in English then their knowledge is a waste if it is
not conveyed to the students, mother tongue will solve
this problem to a greater extent.
• Yes because I can read and write in my mother
tongue more than any other language and I can understand
• Yes, because if we have any doubts or if we
do not understand we can ask our elders at home.
• Yes, I will know more about my mother tongue,
its grammar and other important aspects of which I
am completely unaware.
• Yes, the contents will go deep in our mind
• Yes, we’ll come to know about regional
culture and literature.
• Yes, the ability of understanding increases.
• Yes, because it is a shame, if I tell that
I don’t know to read and write in my mother
• Yes, it is very useful to develop my creative
• Yes, it can make me understand everything
easily and express my talents.
• Yes, it is very sweet like mother.
• Yes, because understanding of the concept
taught in our own mother tongue will be quite easier
• Definitely! We can understand anything in
a better way if it is explained in mother tongue.
Such is the power of mother tongue.
• Yes, because one needn’t struggle so
much to understand the meaning of it.
• Yes, but it should be taught in the mother
tongue from the initial stages (i.e. from LKG). Our
learning capacity, understanding & knowledge would
increase and we wouldn’t mug up.
• Yes because we can have a much stronger grip
about the subject if taught in mother tongue.
• Then we can comfortably ask questions, as
some of us students cannot speak English properly.
• I am so sad about this, because we have no
script of our own, but depend on English. [This
student is from Arunachal Pradesh and his mother tongue
is a tribal language.]
• No, because my mother tongue is not the mother
tongue of all other children. So, we should follow
• No, now we should try to be international
citizens and everything should be in English, but
still students should know about their culture.
• No because in one school, there are many students
of different mother tongue.
Will learning Indian languages (ancient or modern) help?
In what manner?
It will create a sense of unity.
• Yes, it would increase the love for the nation.
• Yes, Indian languages have profound knowledge.
• Yes, because our ancient language is the base
of many Indian languages.
• Learning ancient Indian language help us in
understanding Indian culture better.
• Yes, it will help to feel the people of India.
• Yes, because it opens before us the huge world
of literature, culture and heritage of ancient and
• To know our culture, we should learn Indian
• Sanskrit is an ancient source of our mother
tongue and we must know about our culture and tradition.
• By learning Indian languages the distant parts
of the country would come closer.
• Yes, the study of Sanskrit increases the thinking
• Our Hindi has been delivered from the Devnagari
script. It has such beautiful scripture and writings
that can change anyone, you can get the essence of
everything — philosophy, astronomy.
• By learning Indian languages we can understand
our culture better and then we can spread our knowledge
to our coming generations.
• Yes, we will be able to read ancient texts
in their true form and not distorted translations.
• Yes, because we will be able to understand
Indian literature, which is so full of knowledge,
vibrant, and teaches us practical things.
• Yes, because they will bring us closer to
our Indian culture.
• Yes, it is important to know other Indian
languages because it instils in us a feeling of oneness.
• Yes, it would be a revival of our ancient
past which we don’t know.
• Yes, it will help us to interact with the
great works of our ancestors.
• It contributes to national integration as
people of different states can speak with each other
and express their feelings.
• Yes, if we Indians don’t learn Indian
languages, they may one day become extinct.
• Definitely they will be helpful, who else
will learn our language if we ourselves don’t?
• Yes, it will be easier to understand what
the ancients attempted to tell us for our own welfare.
• Yes, for the quest of knowledge we should
learn Indian languages.
• Yes, it would help me to know my country and
• Yes, so that we can read and appreciate the
depth of it.
• Yes, because then we can feel at home in any
part of India.
• Yes, should we not learn our classics and
languages? It is our culture.
• Yes, I think it will be helpful, as it helps
me to realise and feel my rich cultural heritage.
• Yes, in decoding ancient literature.
• Yes. For instance Sanskrit incorporates very
good values in us. It develops the heart and makes
us more human.
• Yes, the facts in the Vedas & Upanishads
can be understood. I feel they can revolutionize the
existing society & can eradicate many superstitions.
• Yes, because I don’t know about my culture.
• Yes, it is helpful for many reasons like preservation
and development of our ancient culture.
• India is one of the ancient countries. It
will be helpful to know more about our ancient heritage
and feel proud.
What values do you think students assimilate through the present
A kind of hollow and materialistic thinking.
• Everything except human values.
• To become more and more selfish.
• Values? Hardly any.
• The students get to learn only about other countries
and nothing of India.
• Not to admit the truth and if one admits, will
be punished severely.
• To achieve success, you have to cut others’
• The students are not assimilating any value,
they are just learning everything like parrots.
• Selfishness, money-mindedness.
• I really feel that child is not assimilating
a single value except from parents.
• Nothing other than a materialistic approach
• Indiscipline, raging, teasing, not respecting
elders and many more bad values.
• Arrogant behaviours.
• Nothing, blindly reading and vomiting in the
• Not much, the present system is backward.
• Not many good values. In the present system,
students do not develop their hearts.
• Being rude to elders, parents and teachers.
• To be true, nothing.
• Students do not assimilate values, they gather
qualities like selfishness, self-centeredness, which
they call values.
• How to get good marks, how to throw off competitors,
etc. Having been trained as given above in various schools,
I can hardly think.
• Lies and dishonesty.
• Value of hard work, importance of money, that
exams are the only thing in life.
• Hard work, punctuality, perseverance.
• Through the present system we learn never to
get tired and always to carry on your work boldly.
• No gain without pain.
Mention some values which you have acquired through stories
from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Panchatantra etc.
The sense of responsibility, truth and respect.
• They help us about how to face problems and
how to get out of it.
• Honesty is the best policy, expect from others
what you have given them, behind every dark cloud
there is silver lining, try and try at last you will
win, never take unfair means to do your work, God
helps those who help themselves.
• Values of respecting elders, working hard,
speaking the truth and doing one’s duty with
utmost devotion and honesty.
• That happiness only lies in serving and helping
others, going on the right path should only be our
aim, speak the truth and be honest, never try to cheat
• To concentrate, learn from mistakes, hard
work is the only way to success.
• Enmity makes you destroy yourself whereas
friendship makes you safe. You have to live without
• Being true to oneself.
• Be bold enough to face the challenge, always
speak the truth, have faith in god.
• Patience from Ramayana, live in harmony from
Mahabharata, face difficult situations bravely from
Panchatantra and other values from other texts.
• Be grateful, honest and work hard. Use your
wits & knowledge according to the gravity of the
• We are one and no one is superior or inferior.
• We have to be the people of high thinking.
• Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna in the
fields of Kurukshetra, when Arjuna was hesitating
to fight his own brothers (Bhagavat Gita). From here
I learnt that no matter what happens or who we are
against, one should always stand up for truth and
• Today’s technological knowledge produces
machines but ancient texts produce an ethical man.
Is there any aspect which you feel the present system lacks?
All the subjects do not tell us about the ancient
• It should be more modern but having our own
• Students should be made to study those things
which he or she has a interest in.
• It lacks organisation. A lot of pressure is
thrust upon the students making them go haywire. There
is great imbalance in the current system. Students
are being forced to take in more and more studies,
they are deprived of developing an all-round knowledge.
• Yes, the teacher should be friendly so that
we do not hesitate in asking questions.
• Marks should be awarded on the basis of round-the-year
achievement, performance and understanding. Not for
just cramming up and vomiting it out at the final
• Remove the system of competition of course.
We aren’t able to understand a thing properly
and we move ahead as to complete the course.
• Teachers should treat their students like
their own children.
• Have more qualified and better teachers.
• Burden of such heavy books and copies makes
us patients of spondylitis at a tender age. Excess
homework stops us from playing.
• Studies without fear.
• Yes, teachers lack teaching skill.
• Our present education system lacks the real
• Lack of honesty, still money can buy degrees.
• Our syllabus is not modern, we read old theories.
• The present system does not allow a student
to think on a subject deeply.
• Poor unscientific syllabus, lack of discipline
(specially in the rural schools), lack of good teachers,
lack of good teacher-student relations.
• In the present system students can pass in
the examination without understanding something.
• This is a money-making education; this is
a robot-making education.
• In this system we can’t know the real
history, real culture of India.
• The present system does not help students
to increase their depth of thought.
• There should be proper testing of a teacher
before he/she is appointed because some of them are
not that good in their work.
• Yes, there is only study and study as we grow.
We are not so young but we are not so grown-up also
as we get least or no time for recreation.
• Lack the teacher who could speak well in English
because if they don’t speak well how can we
speak well? (i.e. our geography teacher cannot be
• The practice of yoga and meditation to relieve
one from the various tensions of life.
• The long-lasting periods continuing one after
the other leave students with tired minds.
• Some teachers are not experienced enough but
are made to teach the students who become useless.
• In my school no incentives are given to sportsmen,
if they fail by few marks no retest is even conducted.
Only when we bring medals for our school are we praised
and then forgotten.
• The education given is incomplete, details
and explanation are omitted and science and maths
are made more of a burden than enjoyment.
• Our culture and mother tongue should be given
much more attention and importance.
• The students must have a right to tell or
complain the flaws of teachers to someone without
any fear or hesitation.
• The present system lays too much stress on
studies and mugging which only tests our memory and
not our understanding of a subject.
• The truth of Indian history.
• Development of inner values.
• We learn more and observe less.
• It lacks true spirit of learning.
• It fails to teach us our own culture.
• Everyone wants marks, no one wants to gain
• It does not encourage natural curiosity and
make us really understand the subject.
• There is no practical work, everything is
theory; update books to modern technology.
• Too much, no proper teachers, no board, no
bench, no chalk.
• No proper books are provided.
• Education is not given to all the students.
• It lacks the important values of life.
• Present school system is like a business.
It is very bad.
• It is too mechanical, the reason for learning
• It lacks ‘Indianity’. It is too
dependent on the West, especially as history is concerned.
• It has become too much performance-oriented,
understanding has taken the backseat.
• Large quantity but little quality.
• The present system lacks the aim of education.
• I believe that the present system of education
restricts the flow of thoughts in the children.
• Lacks many aspects: the lessons and subjects
taught are not related to the present, modern life
and it is all just a waste of time. The lessons are
on odd subjects. The teaching methods are backward
and not good.
• Very well-trained teachers.
• Teachers do not give importance to every student.
Are not strict. Are not well-educated.
• The enthusiasm in the teachers to make the
students understand the concepts properly.
• It is hindering the thinking and reasoning
capacity of students.
• Learning should not be a burden as in the
present system. It should be fun!
• Proper explanation is not given.
• The present system lack true devotion to education.
• Love & cooperation between students &
• The system should be made such that we would
not have to go for tuition.
• The present educational institutions are not
like educational institutions; it is a business. They
need only marks from the students, not the knowledge.
• We would like more games & physical exercises,
it will help body building and good health.
• Lays too much burden on a student’s
• No teaching of our past India.
• Sports: we aren’t given any kind of
physical training since past 8 years.
• It ignores the overall development of the
• It doesn’t increase the thinking capacity
of the pupil.
• Science — the knowledge should be updated.
We are not able to relate to the present technology.
• Sports should be included as a main subject
so that the students may remain physically strong.
• It’s our literature and culture which
• Present system makes one educated but not
• More stress should be put on human values
and qualities instead of mugging up 300-page books.
• It has made people acquire knowledge only
for acquiring jobs and not for their lives.
• There is not much importance given to physical
education. There is almost no scope for playing as
the pressure of studies is so huge.
• Learning must bring about knowledge in the
real sense. The present system is very superficial.
• Present system of education does not allow
to penetrate deep into any subject.
• There is no book which makes us pay attention
to environment and Nature.
• Present system lacks the contact of children
• Overload of portions. There is no deep knowledge
• The portion that students study is outdated.
The latest knowledge about science and technology
should be brought.
• Overload of subjects which doesn’t give
any correct knowledge of anything.
• Today the students will lose their thinking
and imaginative power.
• Physical and mental balance in education.
• Yes, in every school the mother tongue should
be made compulsory and awareness of the value of knowledge.
• Education now has become a business. Students
study hard and score good marks. But admission is
gained by rich and influential people.
• Interaction with Nature.
• Most of us lack proper verbal skills. Inability
to make lessons interesting.
• It only guides us academically but, morally
and otherwise it doesn’t help in our development.
• It’s not dynamic. This way we can’t
know the world. We should be acquainted with the world
• All students are not given equal opportunity.
• Proper training in all fields is lacking.
Everyone should be given equal opportunities in participating
in various activities.
• In present system there is no compactness
i.e. we have to learn all, there is no choice.
• There should be more of practical work and
presentations going to the depth of every topic.
• Lacks true education for all-round development.
• Recreational activities, including subjects
dealing with day-to-day life.
• Need for all-round development.
• It gives a lot of pressure, but doesn’t
allow the mental growth.
• The values like selflessness, honesty, discipline
which had been the past and ancient Indian culture
lack in the present system.
• The inculcation of making students understand
the true values of nature.
• Lacks the teaching of basic knowledge, everything
• Mental, qualitative growth is not possible
in this system.
• It doesn’t provide us with life experience.
• The weight of school bag: children should
come to school as weight lifters.
• Children can do their works alone, thinking
• Teachers’ appointments are based on
degrees only & not aptitude.
• Education must be free of charge.
• We know less about India and more about other
• The system does not allow a student to develop
his full potential and in fact encourages him to terrorism.
• Most teachers do not come to class.
• Today’s education system is like business.
It must be prohibited.
• Lacks the welfare of the students; most of
the people teach only for the sake of money and not
to enlighten us.
• Present system has more & more punishment.
• Spiritual education, ethics & philosophy
Can you think of any specific change in the present system,
which would make life at school more interesting?
We need good teachers who do justice to their jobs,
who are dedicated.
• Yes, by not giving beatings.
• Teachers should not take the stick to correct
a student and should advise.
• Make the studying classes more fun and treat
us like humans, not machines.
• If the ancient teaching system can be adapted.
Like that of the gurukuls.
• There should be different fields and everyone
should be given freedom to choose his/her field.
• By making the system child-centred.
• More intelligent teachers should be appointed
to the schools.
• Making a school more friendly & not like
an army camp.
• No homework and more games.
• Stopping of corporal punishment.
• The teachers should not be angry with the
• Never beating.
• The last period should be of games.
• Excellent teachers are needed.
• The syllabus should be re-oriented. Ancient
culture and heritage should be introduced in the educational
• By decreasing the pressure to get good marks
from a student’s mind.
• Examination system should be changed; a student
should be given the subjects which he likes or where
he will shine.
• The syllabus should be as modern as possible
and practical education should be increased.
• New technology and latest information should
be in syllabus.
• Study of Indian philosophy, biography of great
Indians should be included as syllabus from class
• Teachers should not rush up with syllabus
because as we reach higher classes we have to leave
all enjoyment, outings, recreation, so much work leaves
no time for relaxing.
• There should be a two-minute break after every
• Students should be given specific time for
games and sports each day.
• Teachers should be taught to understand the
• Some subjects such as yoga, martial arts,
music, dance, meditation, should be made compulsory
for the schools to offer and voluntary for the students
to take up.
• A period in school to be given for the students
to express their views.
• More of inter-class breaks to relieve students
• We should be taught in open as we are a part
of Nature and learn to control ourselves in all situations.
• Education with practical work will make a
• By sending the students on surveys like for
economics students and taking them to historical places
for history, this would create an interest for different
• The subjects which require experiments should
be taught with the help of experiments. [This
student, a girl of class 9, clearly means that in
her school, experiments in physics or chemistry are
carried out only on paper!]
• More stress should be laid on practical methods
rather than just theory and exams. Proper time should
be given for recreations and extra-curricular activities.
• To create a jolly atmosphere while teaching
and to explain by giving examples.
• Sports should be given equal importance.
• Creative work and vocational training should
• Teaching should be done on experimental basis
and there should be regular visits to museums and
other educational centres.
• It should be taught in natural surroundings
and education must be in a more interactive form.
• Some classes may be taken by respected people
from outside. More of computer and physical activity.
• Bring any famous people to teach us what they
• We must be taken to botanical gardens, planetarium
etc. to understand science easily and practically.
• Students feel bored to sit in the same place
from morning to evening.
• Conversation class where students can converse
with other students of different schools.
• Reduce the load of books. The bag we carry
is really very heavy.
• To give more importance to games and also
the study for the sake of knowledge and not for marks.
• Abolish exams.
• Teaching must be in a calm and slow way that
everyone can pick up, interesting stories must be
introduced rather than boring biographies.
• Teaching should be more practical and no discrimination
• It should include more of sports to refresh
• Let achievement in arts, sports count in overall
• Every subject should be related to our own
life so that the value of the subject can be understand.
• More of research work rather than spoonfeeding
or mugging up.
• Giving education in the form of stories.
• The present system must be changed to a system
in which children will understand what they learn
and why they learn it.
• Pure practical way of teaching rather than
just mugging up pages and pages of words.
• More practicals, learning by doing should
be the motto.
• Giving importance to students’ thinking
and his ideas and talents rather than just sticking
on to the textbook always.
• More opportunities should be given to students
to research and learn their own subjects of interest.
• We want change, we want education according
to students’ interest and talents.
• I think we can have our classes conducted
under a tree rather than in a classroom.
• Cancel exams, only subjects that students
are interested in should be chosen.
• No beating in school by anyone.
• Syllabus should contain handicrafts also then
we can remove unemployment.
• Add more facts about our cultural heritage,
• Changing it to a knowledge-oriented system
rather than the marks-securing system.
• The entire system should be changed. They
have to think in a way which will help the students,
not ruin them.
• The students & teachers can ask questions
to each other.
• Yes, by making the teachers interact with
students in a friendly manner.
• The exam system should be removed.
• Teaching methods which accept each student
in his/her uniqueness, and work to nurture it.
• When you hear something it may not be very
interesting but if you do it you will find it more
• I like the tags like “Did you know?”
and “Just a moment please”, they should
be inserted in our textbooks. This would make it more
interesting. [This refers to titbits on Indian
heritage which we inserted in the questionnaire, between
some of the questions or sections.]
• History should be taught in the form of plays.
• We want teachers to take more care of us.
• Exam free, bag free, punishment free.
• [Teachers] they beat us.
• Bag free, more holidays, low beat.
• Rod free education.
• Exam free and stick free education.
• There should be place for students to put
forth their thoughts.
• If teachers are interested then students will
also be interested to know.
• No physical punishment.
• The teaching should be in such a way that
it makes the student think on his own and not just
know by heart the textbook.
• Transform it from business system to imparting
• They should be institutions to learn rather
than play trade.
• Teaching of values by narrating stories from
Indian epics for kids and by allowing seniors students
to read and analyze importance of values as it is
done for management studies.
• The system of examination on bookish knowledge
should be abolished and tests on qualities should
• A little less fat books and lots of fresh
• Teachers too should show the children that
respect which they expect to derive. There can never
be any returns without investment.
• Teaching practically, classrooms shifted to
gardens, more extra-curricular activities.
• Students should learn by observations, understanding
• Let children to think, work with group discussions,
presentations, seminars, practicals should be given
more importance. Let children to do their works, not
by mugging up or spoonfeeding.
• Teachers should be more approachable.
• Students should be able to study from their
• Not only the book study but the study which
will improve our life.
• Sports should be regarded as one subject and
should be given importance.
• Reduction of time in classroom and increasing
time in laboratory or nature. Hikes, treks, educational
• Decisions regarding participation in cultural
programmes should be based on auditions and student
council should be appointed on the basis of voting.
• Writing of books based on practical life and
cutting off needless chapters.
• Lessen the burden of cramming, give us a broad
idea about rich cultural heritage, make us attracted
to startling maths and science puzzles.
• Decrease in the rigidity shown by the teachers.
• Reducing the class strength, suspending cruel
& stone-hearted teachers from school, not transferring
good & experienced teachers. Also periodically
checking the teachers.
• Closed-circuit video cameras should be removed
from corridors and classrooms.
• A specific change which we always want is
the smiling face of our teachers.
• Examination should be taken in class test
manner or oral way rather than giving examination
• Allow students to choose their own extra-curricular
• Projects and homework should be more application-based
• Take the lessons as story model so that students
can understand them. Take small portions and slowly
• Appoint mature teachers.
• Libraries must contain more interesting books.
• Once a week, there should be a whole day free
for students & teachers, so that they can play
with each other & share their food & secrets.
• There should be a period for students to discuss
• There should be course evaluation by students;
and if the students feel that a teacher is not capable
of teaching, he should be changed as it is the students
who will be suffering.
• Remove the people who take bribes.
• Abolition of rote learning.
• Students must be given equal time & rights
for academic and sportsmanship for a sound body &
• I think there should be a neat and clean environment
and well mannered facilities.
• Forests are changing into deserts. By planting
• School should be made in a peaceful place
full of Nature.
• There should be gurukul type of education
in today’s style.
• Build schools & colleges in quiet &
• Somewhere along the way teachers lie. This
is not trustworthy at all.
• Students should not be beaten unnecessarily.
• Tuitions should be wiped out from the life
of students. Sports should be given importance, this
is the need of today’s world.
• Introducing love and care for Nature instead
of this tough competition among students.
• Erase the dependency on tuition system after
school. All works should be completed during school
• No, because in school we start from studies
and end up in studies. Nothing interesting or enjoying.
Can you think of any teaching method which will make the
subjects more interesting and entertaining for students?
Teaching as if telling an interesting story giving
complete knowledge of the topic and not the bookish
• Teachers should be friendly with students
& should not discourage them at any cost.
• By engaging the students not just going on
• The teachers should try to be somewhat humans.
They should not be so serious and always beating.
• Starting with any small funny story and then
coming to the subject.
• Taking the important topics in high discussion
and giving less time to unimportant topic.
• The science subjects should be taught more
• Teachers should first teach the chapters and
then solve problems of students and they should see
that all main points are learned in school only. Then
they should take tests of individual chapters rather
than 5 or 6 combined. That way we can learn.
• The topics should be explained very clearly
and thoroughly for full understanding so that the
base for higher classes becomes stronger.
• As the subject teacher enters the class he
should start with a joke or take a topic among the
children and change the environment of the students
and then slowly get on the topic.
• The performance of the students is judged
so too the teachers’ ability to communicate
with the students and teach must be examined.
• Teachers should not humiliate the students.
• In the school we should be allowed to spend
more time on the subject we like so than we can choose
our field and excel in it.
• Teacher must always try and explain in a much
easier manner. Instead of speaking a bookish language,
they should try and give examples so that we children
are able to understand better.
• Teaching with a pinch of fun.
• The lessons must be taught with patience and
all doubts must be clarified.
• Some picture should be brought or models shown
to students. We research more by ourselves than learning
from the books.
• Teachers should not stick to textbooks.
• Present a problem, then get the answer step
• Seminar classes where students after being
taught a particular topic should present or teach
• The teachers should show more expressions
on their face.
• Introduction of stories of Panchatantra, Jataka,
Mahabharata can make the student get interested in
• The method is secondary; the knowledge and
interest of teacher matters more.
• Adding a little bit of humour and creativity.
• Yes, students should be stimulated to learn
and they must be made to participate more. Each topic
should be explained using a visual aid and experiments
• Learn by doing.
• Practicals at least in chemistry, physics
• More practical work, more discussions and
debates in class in order to stimulate the student’s
mind. Interesting stories would add flavour to history
• There is nothing wrong with the teacher, it
is the prescribed course that is the problem.
• Teachers must be jovial while taking the class
rather than being very serious all the time.
• Understand the topic and write the points
in your own words.
• Many projects and group works can be organised
so as to make students enjoy the subject.
• The best way to teach would be the facts should
not be put by the teacher but the student should arrive
at the fact through experiments, this helps in understanding
and remembering better.
• Teaching should be done with politeness, sweetness.
• Teaching in an open area with fresh air.
• Students must not be blasted badly in the
name of discipline.
• By making the concept simpler and the teachers
should have a sense of humour and good language.
• Yes, by explaining properly & by telling
• Yes, the teacher should be cheerful while
teaching & relate the subject topics to some facts.
• Teachers must try to make their notes as short
as possible. They must not write down the whole reference
book itself. They must try to teach in their own language
& not bookish language.
• Teaching shouldn’t be confined to four
walls of classroom.
• Teaching should be full of enthusiasm and
• The teacher should not be short-tempered.
• The children take keen interest in studies
by means of playing, like our Sanskrit teacher did.
• A more human approach to dry & dull topics.
• Visuals (like PowerPoint presentation for
social studies). Discussions, dramas & debates,
projects (for Maths). Excursions to places of importance.
• Practical methods are the best methods of
teaching. We should be taken to various heritage sites
in our State.
• The teacher should not go deeply into the
topic without knowing the basics.
• Light joking between serious studies.
• Punishment: the only kind of physical training
given at school.
• Teaching should not be for marks but for the
overall improvement of the student.
• By a bit of laugh from the teacher at the
time of teaching.
• Yes, if real-life projects are implemented
and interaction between teachers and students increases.
• Make it more practical and more connected
to everyday life.
• More emphasis on development of qualities,
good habits, physical fitness, mental fitness, etc.
• The only method is that the teacher should
have full knowledge about the subject and should have
that potential or talent to make the student listen.
• Projects to be made on as many subjects as
possible. Practical work should be done. Projects
should be in the form of models and not pages and
pages of written material.
• The teaching should be given by computers
or the teachers should be taught to make the subjects
• Imparting wide views on the subjects, laboratory
experiments, making us conscious about the condition
of the real world.
• By using project works or by using audio &
video, it would make it much more interesting.
• Outdoor classes and audio-visuals to aid the
• Developing better infrastructure and recruiting
• Admit good teachers.
• Please understand the qualities of students.
• Show us the experiments and make us do it.
• Discussions on every topic and selection of
proper level of education is necessary. E.g.: A student
good at maths can study a higher level of maths, &
if bad at English, can study it on a low level.
• By making the teachers stop hitting the students,
bringing in an environment of gentle behaviour in
the classes and giving us knowledge on other matters.
• First let the teachers study and then educate
• Students should not be given punishment.
• Teachers should teach the students in such
a way that students begin to love the subject.
• By giving examples to explain a topic and
questioning students about it without punishing them.
• The method in which teacher acts as a sister
or a brother, not a cruel teacher.
• Lesson should be taught by giving more examples
from day-to-day life.
If the examination system is stressful, how can we make
it less so?
Don’t scare the children before exam.
• Teaching in a more attractive manner &
giving personal attention to students.
• Not checking the memory of the student but
• We can’t understand the meaning of questions.
• So many exams are conducted, if a proper gap
is given between two successive exams then it can
be made less stressful.
• Giving enough time before difficult exams.
• By making the system more student friendly;
by introducing reforms such as special attention to
weak students, to understand their psychology and
then try to stimulate them to study.
• By conducting no exams, terminal tests can
• There should be one day leave before any difficult
subject exam. Otherwise students study till late at
night and sleep 1 or ½ hour. This is responsible
for their minds to be exhausted.
• There should be holidays between every exam.
• By stopping the ranking of the student.
• By giving gaps of a day or two for difficult
subjects like maths, history, chemistry.
• By taking test one at a time, not two in one
• By giving less homework, make us understand
more and by giving sufficient time for preparation.
• By giving questions based on how much you
have understood the point.
• By giving considerable preparation leave at
least in higher classes and moreover by finishing
the course well before exams, at least a week before.
The scheme must be given at least 2-3 weeks before
as well as syllabus.
• Memorising should be discouraged and more
importance must be attached to reasoning and understanding.
• The full 100% course should not be given.
• The board of 10th class should not be there
because a single exam cannot decide the future of
• By reducing syllabus stress and introducing
a new branch of studies in which a student can choose
any of given particular subjects.
• The student’s performance should not
be on the basis of 3 hours’ paper; it should
be judged throughout.
• Minimum preparation holiday must be given
for each exam.
• Space out the examinations and reduce the
credit for marks.
• Having interactive classes after every lesson.
• No monthly tests please.
• By just having unit tests and cancelling examinations.
• By removing the word “Fail”.
• By not comparing a student with his marks.
• Exams should be done only once in a year.
• The exams system and the method of cramming
and vomiting on the answer sheets should be changed.
• By introducing the topics that tests our understanding
• By testing the quality and not quantity of
• It can be less stressful if students are really
made to understand what has been taught.
• Allow students to think and not memorize.
• If they test our understanding, it could be
easy for us to attend them.
• Never conduct exams, no exams, no stress.
• It can be made less stressful by reducing
the cut-throat competition.
• By allowing students to write what they have
understood in their own words rather than bookish
• Probing system should be directly implemented
without ranking system which causes stress and pressure.
• By asking questions orally, conducting class
tests and abolishing the system of exams.
• We should not study the whole day, we have
to play sometimes.
• By giving us notice of the exams well beforehand
so that we have enough time to prepare. Increase holidays
to give more time to relax and study.
• By a regular evaluation rather than an examination.
• Why frequent exams? Make our originality grow,
so that we may express our own views.
• By making the contents a little interesting
and one that we can relate to.
• Teachers should not threaten the students
• Exams marks should not decide the child’s
• Regardless of whether a student is rich or
poor give them proper guidance and do not discriminate.
• By not learning subjects for the only purpose
of exams: we should read for our life.
Is competition beneficial or harmful in your opinion?
Beneficial to us, but at the cost of friendships.
• Competition is good but excessive and cut-throat
competition leads to mental stress. A student with
examination temperament may not be good at the real
job and vice versa.
• There should be competition but one should
do competition with oneself, otherwise it may lead
to unhealthy competition.
• It is beneficial as it brings out best of
all and harmful as it makes friends the enemies of
• Partly beneficial, the weaker students are
overshadowed while the good students gain prominence.
Both — good effects are placement in better
and best colleges. The negative side is that students
who scored less might commit suicide or become depressed
or even turn to other ways.
• The good effect is it makes people study hard
but the bad effect is that when a student fails to
cope up with the competition he ends up as a nobody.
• Good — it triggers the fire in you,
bad — only those who can mug win, those who
can’t just fall.
• It is beneficial as we progress better but
its bad effects are that the student becomes mean
and forgets to help his friend.
• Beneficial if healthy. I got friends in competitions
who help me in everything. Harmful if unhealthy. Dishonest
methods, jealousy, ego problems come in.
• Beneficial for intelligent student but harmful
for average student.
• Competition is helpful to an extent. But care
must be taken that one who lags behind is not left
• Harmful. It makes us intolerant of less gifted
people. Good because it eliminates mediocrity.
• Both. In one way it pushes the child to do
better and in other way if a child gets less marks
he/she is cursed.
• Both. Beneficial: to improve students capacities.
Harmful: creates great stress, anxiety, tension, which
harms natural growth.
• Yes, it doesn’t allow the student to
• Students who can cope are the winners of life
but students who are unable to do so suffer highly.
• The student should not be mocked at. He should
be encouraged. He should be made to believe that he
is no less than another.
• Never compare, always look whether he has
understood or not. Maybe in the exam he/she has not
been able to express his views due to tension.
• Harmful. Students forget the values of life,
become very selfish.
• A student who wants to learn does not need
• There is no place for morality in competitive
• Because of competition a child is not able
to enjoy his best days of life.
• It badly affects those who cannot come up
to the competitive standards.
• Harmful — too much effort is needed
as competition test memory not real intelligence.
• It collapses our thinking power.
• Bad. It makes us very proud with others.
• No, for these children will do work day and
• Harmful, because it encourages some and discourages
in a mass.
• Harmful: students tend to think doing better
than others is the only good. As if the tortoise hadn’t
won the match.
• Competition’s bad effect is that the
weak student doesn’t get a chance to rise up.
• Harmful. Makes the child believe: If you want
to study more, understand less.
• Harmful. A student gets so tensed up that
he loses his childhood & becomes mature earlier
when he should enjoy childhood.
• Harmful. It does not give time to know maximum.
By this, a student becomes only a bookworm wanting
to stand 1st in his class.
• Harmful: students don’t learn to accept
• Definitely harmful. Because of that many students
are committing suicide.
• Good within limits. In excess, it promotes
dishonesty, stress and mutual unhealthy feelings.
• Harmful; results in a ban on childhood; can’t
enjoy, can’t play, forces us to become bookworms.
• It is harmful. Weaker students get depressed
and turn suicidal. Brighter students do not help them
because they do not want more competitors.
• Competition only kindles the fire of jealousy,
never makes us open-hearted.
• Harmful, because if a student secured bad
marks he or she becomes totally depressed and heart-broken.
• Education is important for self-analysis and
self-realization, there must not be any competition.
Bad effect — it does not make us aware of real
benefit of education.
• Competition is not at all beneficial. Whoever
fails to compete/win are doomed or think themselves
as ultimate failure.
• Competition creates inferiority complex among
• It makes us narrow-minded.
• It depresses us more than anything.
Can you suggest other ways to evaluate a student’s
By testing his intelligence and genius and not his
performance in exams.
• Everyone should be given opportunities, not
only a few ones.
• Not to criticize other students getting bad
marks in competition.
• Each and every student should be treated equally
by teachers. If partiality is practised on the basis
of academics it is demoralizing students.
• By giving chance to every student to come
in front and allow him to express his views.
• The weak students should be given extra classes
and should be kept under sincere observation.
• Through cultural activities.
• By making each and every students participate
in debates etc.
• Everyone must be given a fair chance to compete
in every field not just a few chosen students.
• Students should be evaluated continuously,
one exam should not decide one’s future.
• Choosing everybody for extra-curricular activities.
• Through hobby classes, talent search and development.
• By giving physical training daily, make them
give speech and give them more responsibilities so
that they take the initiative and do the work.
• Everybody should see the students’ intelligence
but not their marks.
• By giving him work to do like to make charts,
models etc. which shows his interest, ability, creativity
and liking towards the subject.
• Extra-curricular activities should be given
• By finding talent of each one.
• Evaluation by observing the student’s
performance throughout the year.
• The way he questions on something taught and
doesn’t take anything for granted.
• Reduce the number of students in a classroom.
• By giving opportunities to each student in
all the school activities.
• Continued evaluation based on understanding
and skill with lesser importance to memory.
• Make them teach other students what they have
understood as soon the lesson is taught.
• Talent search exams, a nation-wide IQ test.
• Students should be encouraged in the field
in which they have talent.
• We can evaluate a student’s abilities
by conducting programmes like this. [“Like
this” refers to this Survey. The student means
that interactive programmes asking the student to
reflect and express himself / herself are a better
way than conventional exams.]
• Allowing them be creative and let new ideas
• To have tests for your inborn talents, not
for what you memorize without understanding.
• By conducting debates and extempores which
test the student’s mind and not just the capacity
• Frequent calm conversations between students
• Everyone must be given opportunity. Teachers
must not stick to one or the other student.
• By keeping more talent tests & exam’s
questions should not be directly from the textbook.
The questions should make the student think creatively.
• A student’s abilities can be evaluated
by assessing his/her understanding of the concepts
instead of his/her retaining capacity.
• Every student must be given a chance to perform
in any activity which he desires.
• Let us to be free. By seeing our free behaviour
the evaluation will be accurate.
• By testing not only merit but by testing sincerity,
discipline, behaviour, concentration and brotherhood.
• Speeches on various topics, making sure all
students get a chance to participate in co- &
• The student should be judged on the basis
of his/her performance throughout the year.
• By giving him a chance to present his views
or opinions in front of everyone.
• Make him understand with care and compassion,
and not by hurting him.
Can you suggest ways to reduce the book load?
We want less books but best knowledge.
• More books means more studying and more misery
for a student.
• Teachers should not refer to books too much.
They should only read the headings and explain.
• As most of the homes in the urban society
now have a PC, we should be given CDs and floppy for
• Lockers in the school system should be practised
in India also.
• Traditional knowledge should be given more
than all the bookish knowledge.
• We should have a desk in which we can keep
our books and lock them and go home.
• Yes, by not teaching from books.
• By referring to less but meaningful books
as nowadays students refer to so many useless books
which at last confuse them.
• By cutting out the points which are repeated
and the points which are not very important.
• Books should be brought according to time
• By providing a school cupboard and a personal
• Books should be simplified and the course
should be limited and to the point.
• By not teaching us these things which we have
learnt in previous classes.
• Books should be kept within the school.
• Bookish education should be reduced.
• There should be locker system in the school
and lesson should be taught on experimental basis
and through computers and projectors.
• All the books should be small, 100 pages etc.
• The topics must be explained in such a way
that the student needs the books only for the reference
• Delete things which are not going to help
us in any way in the future and which we will not
• Education should not depend on books only.
• Only important books should be introduced
in the school.
• Avoid repetitions, make texts brief yet complete.
• Give more emphasis on practical education
because experience is the best teacher.
• Useless books should be eradicated.
• Instead of mugging up all the chapters we
should learn through experiments and nature.
• By omitting the unnecessary topics.
• Too much of unnecessary information or extremely
detailed and difficult information should be slashed.
• Subjects should be made more application-oriented.
• Appoint such teachers who can teach us without
the use of books.
• Less stupid things.
• We can get education through computer also.
• The load of books does not make the standard
high. Education system must reduce the course.
• If a teacher is learned and hard-working with
students, there is no need of books after lecture
• By reducing the useless books.
If you had less homework, what would you do with the added
Try to do something creative.
• Study! What else! Homework is taking my entire
life! When we do homework, we don’t understand
anything, just do it for the sake of not getting penalised
in class. I would like to take up Kathak & guitar
classes if I had spare time.
Is there any other way in which your parents could help
you in transforming education into a lively and interesting
They have already helped me so much.
• My parents motivate me and encourage me in
every step of my life. And are always behind me.
• My parents are doing their best for me and
I press myself to return the best so I cannot expect
anything else from them.
• They give new ideas to study better and during
examination they do not sleep to help me not to sleep.
• My parents give me every support I need and
I do not ask for more.
• Yes, they always tell me: don’t be a
book insect & study with a cool calm mind &
just see that your basic concepts are clear.
• My parents are already the source of inspiration
that always help me to handle difficulties.
• By telling their son about their experiences
during their studies.
• By making less demands to always stand first
• Not to disturb and pressurise the child to
get good marks.
• No way. Parents give pressure on us and say
that we have to concentrate on books only; our talents
in different fields are not observed.
• Parents should become the first ideal before
a student and hence they should try to be perfect.
• By encouraging the child even after some bad
• They should not pressurize children but help
them to enjoy their work.
• By supporting the child in every way and not
pressuring to attain a particular goal; instead they
should support and let the child do its best.
• They should not pressurise us to study because
this will not help us to get good marks.
• They can stop quoting examples of others as
after 10th a child has a good understanding for his/her
• Allow us to play.
• If the parents don’t put pressure on
a student, the student himself realizes what is education
and starts learning better.
• They must stop comparing us with ones of entourage,
each has his own ability.
• They should boost the child and stand by him
in case he is not able to score marks.
• By going deep into subjects with their children.
• The best way is they should not interfere.
They should be just a guide and a friend and not stress
too much on numerical marks and ranks.
• By not asking us to study continuously and
pressurise us to get good marks and seats in good
• If they cannot encourage let them not discourage.
• Do not keep on comparing the children to their
• Avoid tuitions.
• It would be better if they wouldn’t
pressurize us to score good marks as all may not be
good at academics.
• Take children to museums and planetariums
rather than film theatres.
• Advise the children to enjoy school life instead
of asking them to get 90%.
• Conducting family tours & trips to the
historical places, museums, libraries, etc.
• By allowing us to join those fields in which
we are interested.
• Accept our failures and encourage us to try
• Try and understand where our problems are
and not create a suffocating atmosphere at home when
we perform badly.
• Children should be allowed to choose their
• By giving us moral support, when we get bad
marks in exams, instead of scolding they should give
us advice to do good in future.
• Parents should not pressurize, different individuals
have different dreams and goals, they should not command
our lives, our dreams.
• Spend more time with children.
• To protest against the prevailing system.
• Present educational system has become money-devoted.
So, parents have to think a lot before getting admission
in a good institution. Please help such students and
parents. This is my request to educationists.
If your classrooms were located amidst natural surroundings,
what effect would it have on you?
We are not allowed to sit in the parks — they
are meant only for beautification of the school.
• No natural surroundings; it is a concrete
How do you think such skills [that you may like to learn]
will be useful?
Want to learn puppetry, as it will let us give some
smiles on poor faces!