4 Minute Speech on Education In English

A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Education’.

Wikipedia defines the term ‘education’ to be “a purposeful activity directed at achieving certain aims, such as transmitting knowledge or fostering skills and character traits. These aims may include the development of understanding, rationality, kindness, and honesty.”

Education, as the above-given definition, must thus not only be confined to mere theoretical knowledge as it is often misinterpreted to be. It should rather be a holistic process which aims to hone one to become a qualified individual as one grows up into adulthood.

The process of acquiring a basic level of knowledge like this through schooling is crucial for everyone as they grow up from children to adults. Moreover, it teaches one integral values in life and helps build character and become financially independent at a later stage.

Realising the importance of education, the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right in such a manner as the State may, by law, determine. It also implemented The Right to Education Act of India which further decreed that private schools must reserve 25% of the seats for underprivileged children. 

Today, however, the aim of education does not have anything to do with knowledge. Rather, it has morphed into a rat race!

Being academically proficient and receiving straight As is of prime importance nowadays. Rather than understanding new concepts and learning meaningfully from them, what matters now is blindly memorizing the syllabus for the sake of ‘scoring good grades’ and writing answers that would appease the examiner with appropriate ‘keywords’!

The education system as a whole needs to be revised thus. The aim of education must shift from receiving good grades to learning knowledge and learning through a more hands-on approach. Practical skills must be given more importance thus rather than education turning into a bloodthirsty battle for marks!

Thank you.