Secondary Education, the Concerns
Secondary education is the most important so far as career objectives of students are concerned. It is the stage when students get to know about their career planning, about their interests in different fields and expectations in the coming professional lives. It is the foundation stone or the first steps towards career goals. In India, education from secondary stage starts tilting towards the career. Children who happen to be serious in studies at this stage and in the coming years get to enjoy admissions in best schools and professional institutes in the country. For secondary education, the examination boards also play a major role. It is the first time students throughout the state are contesting for higher marks and ranks. Every year and in any state, thousands of students appear in the secondary school examinations. There are two ways to go from here, either the school through which a candidate is appearing for exams has a higher secondary wing also, meaning that there is no need to seek an admission, or the candidate after qualifying the exams, joins another institute that provides higher secondary education. As higher secondary schools are few, a lot of students have to seek admissions in the higher secondary schools.
Admissions in Schools The first concern that both children and their parents share is to seek admission in a good higher secondary school after finishing the secondary education. The dearth of higher secondary schools puts a lot of pressure on the students as they have to secure good marks to be admitted in the schools. Students, who for any reason secure average marks, have a hard time to continue their education from a good school. According to the opinions shared by a large number of students and educationists, the switchover from secondary to higher secondary is so abrupt that many of the students are unable to adapt and discontinue. There is a large graduation in the curriculum and subject matter offered in secondary education and higher secondary education. Students do not have enough time to learn new concepts and subject matter. This encourages rote memorization and even the tests at higher secondary are not able to provide any remedy. Therefore our second concern is the wide gulf that exists between higher secondary education and its precursor secondary education. At national level, there is yet another concern, for which we have a measure but still it is not that effective. The inequality in education is quite visible as we take a look at the students studying in schools in different states. State education departments have been stressing on national curriculum and means to minimise the disparities, but still more needs to be done. These are some of the concerns in secondary education in India.