Spurt of violence previously unknown in Indian schools makes it incumbent on the educationists to introduce value education effectively in schools. Write an Article in 150-200 words expressing your views on the need of value education. You are Anu/ Arun.

      Need of the Value Education in School curriculum

Value education is ingrained in every tradition of India culture. Yet it is a matter of great regret that gradually we are losing our values with the result that we tend to become immoral. This trend must be checked urgently. Perhaps a major responsibility for the corrective action lies on our leaders in different walks of life. Nevertheless, educational institutions can also play a significant role in the promotion of values. More than fifty countries have recognised the importance of value education in the school curriculum, and even those that have not, undoubtedly recognise the fundamental fact that children need to grow up with a sound system of values if they are to mature into good human beings and responsible citizens. As things stand in our country, a general directive has been issued to educational institutions that value education should form a part of their curriculum, but the details have been left for the schools to work out themselves. While it is true that some of the better schools undertake social service programmes in their neighbourhood (at times even without linking it with value education) or stage mock parliaments to prepare their children for leadership and good citizenship, it is also a fact that a majority of schools are not very comfortable with the subject, and just go through the motions of teaching it. One cannot blame them either: firstly, in the absence of a definite syllabus and trained teachers on the subject, the classes meander and finally lose their way. Secondly, it is a subject in which there is no provision for assessment, with the result that it ends up being largely ignored—as much by children as by their parents. There is an urgent need, therefore, to improve the quality of value education currently prevalent in our country.