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Day 10 – Q 4.Have schools these days become mechanical and imparting knowledge sans morality?

4. Have schools these days become mechanical and imparting knowledge sans morality?   

क्या स्कूल इन दिनों मैकेनिकल हो गए हैं और नैतिकता रहित ज्ञान प्रदान कर रहे हैं?  


School is a place that provides education and education is the key to life. Schools prepare us for life through exposure to activities, ideas, and fields of knowledge that one might never encounter otherwise.


Today it is criticised that schools have become mechanical and impart knowledge that lacks morality, which is illustrated below.


  • Children’s education has been reduced to mere numbers. Race for marks leading to malpractices in exams.
  • No actual teacher-student bondage. While teachers are busy completing syllabus, students are busy completing assignments. In such scenario, potential of children is hardly recognized.
  • Curriculum that hardly promotes holistic development. Students are emotionally too weak to deal with the realities of life. Ex: suicides due to lower grades, falling prey to online games.
  • Education is just seen as a means to earn (students-job, institutes-business).

Knowledge without morality:

Mere accumulation of knowledge is not enough. One has to be inculcated values that contribute positively to the growth of individual and society as a whole. As the saying goes, ‘’To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society” without value based education, education is only going to create a clever devil. Today, number of examples show moral foundation of students is not strong enough like

  • Increasing crimes by Juveniles (lack of ability to comprehend consequences).
  • Student attacking teacher (lack of respect) and student attacking other student just to postpone exams (least value to ‘life’).

Events like Private schools’ reluctance to admit students from economically weaker sections (EWS) and Incidents of sexual harassment further send wrong message to children.


As swami Vivekananda says “We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet”. Schools have significant role to play to realise this end.

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