Ethical education?

I have done my grad through distance education from University of Madras, and right now am enrolled in the masters prog at IGNOU. I hated the experience of the former and just am pushing myself through the masters at IGNOU.

The Indian system of distance education doesn’t satisfy the purpose nor is it as dynamic as it should be. There is no wonder that distance degrees do not hold much value, anyone and everyone can get an admission! I am specifically talking about the field of psychology. People who enter the field end up working to help other people and if their education is going to be sub-mediocre quality, we are going to have sub-mediocre quality people working in the field. Many students I know are pursuing a masters in Psychology with the plans to work with children. Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to become a counselor, and sadly we have no quality control whatsoever by the government in this regard.

In the IGNOU masters we have to hand write assignments that will be a min of 50 sheets per subject. The assignments are nothing but a set of questions. I can not understand how that is practical for anyone who is opting for a distance course. Many applicants are not in the flow of writing so much, let’s face it we hardly write with our hands 1000s of words on a daily basis for anything!. They do not accept assignments that are typed. There’s something sad here. India isn’t the only country in the world providing a distance course, universities all over the world are. And they have assignments that are typed, well researched and intellectually igniting. Needless to say, many and I mean many students end up copying their assignments, or paying others to do them. I in-fact even received an sms from someone saying that they have the solved assignments and guides for IGNOU students. Now if that’s going to be the masters holder in the field of Psychology, I would be scared at the level of knowledge of the person.

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We have so many things that need development in our country, but if the education doesn’t improve the future never will. Therapists with such qualifications open their own counseling centers, and once you have a center no one really cares how qualified you truly are!. And this is the truth.

University of Madras has still not issued my degree, provisional certificate etc. I have the TC/Course completion certificate and original marksheets, but that’s about it. I have to constantly write LETTERS to the university, to do what should be in their protocol. Not being in the same city as the university causes great communication disadvantages. Which is why I opted for IGNOU this time around. A full time education, even though was mouth watering for me, didn’t seem like it would be practical, I am at a point in my life where I do not trust Indian education nor the teachers to do a decent job. Going back to college surrounded by youngsters high on life, wouldn’t serve the purpose for me. Intellectually stimulating environment is difficult to find here, even in an intellectual field like psychology.

My assignments are due this month, and so far I only got around to making one answer. And am not interested in submitting assignments that are stupid to begin with.I want to indulge in education, not do it so that I can add it to my name later. I see myself as someone who is so well versed with the subject that I can converse about every aspect of the field; particularly history. May not write exams this year either.Want to be sure of everything.

The sad truth is, there are students out there, eager to learn, but the country isn’t giving them the attention and practical approach needed for them to flourish. And then we complain about brain drain!

What have been your experiences with education in your respective countries/fields?

 

 

The week that was too fast and life update

This week went fast!…Super fast. I have gotten into the school rhythm of my daughter and myself. Making to-do notes for each day she’s at school so I can catch up with everything I have piled up. Organising never ends. Trust me!. But the more I get done the more productive I feel.

Tomorrow is Saturday and I am taking a much needed break, alone. Have a tonne of work to accomplish (this always happens). When I am exhausted and desperately want a day out for myself, I tend to have a heap of work to do as well. But staying positive, I shall chillax and be alone and I’m not quite sure what I will do, but am just glad I’m going to be getting some peace. Both my buddies are busy, so it’s just me.

Now getting to the update, diploma officially starts July 1st, and it’s one serious diploma, with dead lines and a long list of assignments/submissions. Am I excited? HELL YEA!

I am also looking into starting my masters as soon as I’m done with my diploma. I don’t like the idea of doing your degrees like your school, however the aim is to be PhD by 30! so…..Anyway, was looking at colleges and MSc psychology is available at Ambedkar Open university. But the website doesn’t have detailed information on the course, will have to go there myself and check out. Also I don’t know anyone personally who is studying from there to get inside information on that.

Madras university was a bit of a nightmare. And just the fact that it’s in Chennai, no matter how “good” it may be, it’s just not practical, the Indian education system is way too screwed up for students who genuinely want to study. The curriculum was fine, but the books were hideous, too many errors, the centers don’t notify students promptly, the results are a joke, there’s no guidance whatsoever, communication is slow and via post which makes it insanely ridiculous. It’s all just too stressful. People who opt for distance education are looking for non-stressful ways to education, because they’re already busy with other responsibilities/commitments. And don’t get me wrong, working hard is different from being stressed due to irresponsible behaviour n the part of the university. I am all for working hard.

I am half considering masters from outside India (a girl can dream can’t she?).

Life is going fine, I’ve been slacking on my blogging, and it’s partly because the week is flying by! (Excuses excuses) hehe. I have to get my blogging more organised.