Education is a complex way of gaining ability, knowledge, skills, habits, methods as well as beliefs. Senior lecturer Ts.Chinzorig says that the cornerstones of a good education are a very comprehensive and robust program to captivate students, highly experienced teachers, a comfortable learning environment, and eager students.
In reality, there are very few educational institutions that bring these four cornerstones together in Mongolia. There are a number of challenges to improving education in Mongolia, including wages for teachers, managing class sizes, instituting training programs, and developing true competitiveness in the education system.
Everyone agrees that education is the key to 21st century development, but we are failing to provide a quality education to all of our kids. Why do we not concentrate on education? If you ask people what the biggest problems are when trying to get a good education, most people will point to educational policy, financial resources, the learning environment, and the education system as a whole.
These things are major problems, but people rarely say anything about their own skills and abilities. Actually, the biggest challenge facing individuals is their capability to succeed in their studies. The problem is that instead of studying, students have been spending too much time on things like the internet, their friends, hanging out, and other distractions.
If a student really thinks about how they spend their time every day, they will find that they actually do have enough time for their classes. Most students have problems with time management. If you ask the youth what their goals and aspirations are, they would all say they want a good life. To have the good life they want, they need to study harder. Students have to schedule their study time in the same way that they schedule their free time.
I think lots of students have timelines for their dreams, but most of them don’t actually work for people, as students think that their mental schedules and timelines should become natural to them and not require effort to adhere to. They also don’t take advantage of the factors that influence the process of learning for more effective studying.
In fact, there are many private universities and English language centers in Mongolia putting profit first and providing their customers with a good education second. A lot of young people ask their parents to pay for their education, and unfortunately, their money goes to these universities and education centers.
As a consequence, most students become disappointed and lose motivation to keep
learning, and give up on the challenges facing them because they are not learning thoughtful, critical, and logical ways to deal with challenges within the education system.
One big problem that Mongolians struggle with is that they are easily persuaded to follow something. Sometimes businesses and leaders exploit this tendency and convince people to support agendas that benefit their profits and power. If friends and neighbors struggle to pursue an education, Mongolians tend to follow the same path. We could turn this tendency around by educating people.
The government has a responsibility to improve the quality of public education. Every public school has to reduce class sizes, but we cannot build enough schools for our kids because Mongolia has been facing economic challenges in recent years.
Another challenge facing our kids is that almost 50,000 children are not able to enroll in kindergartens this year. Kindergarten is the first place where children enter the world of education, opening their eyes to learning and growth, and it is known to be a very important step toward future success in education.
We cannot cut education spending despite our economic difficulties. After the economy recovers, the government has to increase education spending to execute better education policy.
Mongolia does best when the middle class is doing well. How should the government support low and middle income families? The government should make the necessary investments in education and health, with special attention being paid to ger districts and the provinces,
because investing in education creates workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
It is very expensive to create an education system with highly skilled teachers, beautiful classrooms, great students, and comprehensive training programs. But we don’t need money to help our students become eager about learning, we do need time to see the changes we want.
Fortunately, because Mongolia has a population of only three million people, we have the opportunity to create a wonderful environment through better education. Other’s achievements positively influence public opinion. For example, after Mongolia’s athletes failed to earn medals at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, the government increased funding for some sports, and Mongolian athletes brought home gold and silver medals in 2008.
As a result, more kids have been motivated to train hard in sports and our young athletes have seen many achievements in recent years. If we maintain our current education policy, Mongolians won’t have the stamina to be well educated and succeed in the global arena. Mongolian high school students are being accepted to the world’s top 20 universities and are qualifying for foreign and domestic government scholarships covering tuition and all academic related costs. Such scholarships encourage and motivate students to fulfill their academic potential.
Government grants are of great importance to motivating students to become global leaders. Mongolia needs a consistently strong education system that isn’t subject to arbitrary policies, and students must be encouraged to pursue the study of subjects that are applicable to their chosen career fields. We have to improve Mongolian society by educating our citizens and helping them think critically about outside influences.