Education is feasibly society’s most disparaging responsibility a person has to ever face. Educational centres communicate knowledge to students, balance significance on their physical welfare and prepare them for social confrontations. Though it has been seen, many educational institutions and their teachers are not fully trained or tooled to determine the mental soundness of the students and it is considered as quite unfortunate.
Psychological disorders in children are on the higher side nowadays, predominantly behavioural issues and suicides. The report says around 9-12% of the Indian students between the ages of 15-25 experiences from psychiatric disarray. The report as discloses that 18-20% indicated the signs of mental disorders, out of which 3-6% are occupied with critical concerns like a loner and bi-polar disorder.
The survey states the situation has entered in such a larger format that every day a student is committing suicide in India or there is always a probability of it.
As per the research and survey conducted by the glorified medical institutions such as AIIMS and Christian Medical College (CMS) intends to a very scary statistical fact which is like a wakeup call for all parents and students in India. “In 2014, failure in examination alone has caused 2403 suicides in India”. Though the reasons are numerous failure in examination, unemployment, and depression are some major reasons why people end up taking such extreme measures
In our present-day student suicide has become routine news. The biggest reason for this aftermath is the massive pressure that society, as well as the education system, has been delivering today towards the students who have to set-up their career roads as per their parents or family and teachers and unknowingly nobody wants to know what the students want to become.
It has been seen that there is an immense number of students who wants to become an artist or a sportsperson or a journalist or a musician but the parents and family has forced them to join engineering or medical, where their keen of interest in the least. It is just the parents or the family wants to be the proudest in society. The outcome of these pressurised educations ends up with the fact that students find no inspiration for the stream.
But the question still raises the bar “Why the solution is suicide?” The answer to this problem lies in the homes of the students and as well as to the educational institutes in India. The mammoth pressure than has been burdened on the students by their families to pursue a career that guarantees their financial future but in reality it turns into mental torture of the 21st century.
Every student learns differently and definitely they could develop their own plans on how to study for effective long hours, and parents, family members and teachers could guide and motivate them to develop their own learning methods.
In a very current survey, two-thirds (66%) students reported that their parents constantly pressurized them for better academic performance and the pressure from non-graduate parents was more compared to parents those were graduates and postgraduates.
The Indian education society produces a fierce competition and does not deliver a healthy competitive environment. Students who cannot manage to obtain admission to the top institutes will be labelled as failures. The schools and colleges need to foster a culture of understanding and trust, where students feel free and safe to talk about issues like bullying and anxiety.
The other big move that should urgently be taken is to stop allowing universities to advertise placements and salaries. All major Indian schools have a placement process, where companies offer entry-level jobs to students on campus. Salaries can range from INR 200,000 to INR 10 million. In India, job security is viewed as an integral addition to a good education, which leads colleges to heavily advertise their placements to garner good reviews and get more students to enrol. This creates pressure on students who feel a sense of personal failure when they do not secure the best job during the placement season.
The Indian government needs to carry out reform in the job market by asking the private sector to rethink criteria while hiring mid-career employees. There is much Indian youth who find it difficult to switch jobs owing to their low grades in college or the prestige level of their alma mater, which are the main criteria for many companies in India. Grades and colleges should stop being viewed as the only criteria for securing a “good job.” India can try adopting the system followed by some US states where asking a candidate’s past salary history or even grades is illegal. Such systems increase transparency and reduce anxiety among candidates.
The epidemic Coronavirus has created global turbulence and the virus effect has made the whole world stand on one foot. Most of the countries have been widely affected by this notorious virus which originated from China.
Big economies like the USA, China, Italy, the UK, India, France, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Australia, etc. have been hit by COVID-19. These countries are also the biggest job providers for global professionals.
We have to keep in mind this is a crisis period and the job market denials will be remaining for a short time only. COVID-19 pandemic cannot affect or kill jobs for fresher and certified personnel in the long term. Once the world overcomes this crisis, I am sure the global leaders will strategically plan to rotate the global economy at a better place than it used to be.
Being educated and certified personnel you have to keep your nerves stronger in the turbulent time and this helps you out gradually in your future when you get promoted in a leadership role. I would suggest following the wise Swedish proverb “Is Imagen” which in English stands “ice in the belly”. The moral of the story is “your ability to keep yourself cool in a critical situation.”