How important are moral science classes at the college level?

What do the terms ‘values’ and ‘morals” mean? Their deconstruction is wholly subjective, many would say. Still, at the school level, certain widely accepted morals and values are taught to the students through moral science classes. Though they do not carry any marks, they are considered an important part of the education system.

However, the importance of such classes at the college level calls for a debate. Under the ‘value education’ subject, which is compulsory in a few colleges, students are taught a variety of topics, including (sometimes) sex education. While some students despise this “disciplining effort” by colleges, some say it is OK.

The Hindu Education Plus spoke to a cross-section of students from different colleges in Bangalore to find out what they think about value education classes and how useful they are.

Parina Dhilla, BA Journalism, Psychology and English Literature, Mount Carmel College:

Value education depends on what you teach. It is a vast topic which should be split intelligently to suit the age group to whom it is taught. If you teach things like ‘honesty is the best policy’ to college students, they are bound to find it useless and would consider it a waste of time.

There should be age-based teaching in addition to a specific syllabus tailor-made for the students to make these classes beneficial. Value education classes should have interactive sessions about current issues so that they enhance our knowledge as well. Then the purpose of ‘value education’ is served.

K.V. Maitreyi, B.Sc Environmental Science, Mount Carmel College:

I believe that value education is important for us but not when we are in college. We need to look at what’s next and what is needed at the hour. More than just value education, we need to be taught something where we have a ‘wow’ feeling.

No doubt that it is important but it is only needed at the school level, preferabably in middle school.

We need to have classes for topics such as career issues. All the programmes in school or college should be age specific; only then will they mould people in the right way.

Amla Ajit, B.Com, Jyoti Nivas College:

Though it is there at the school level, it should also be there in colleges as it is very important. Classes like these do not let morals get wiped off. But the problem is that the professors who handle the subject are not at all interested in what they teach.

They do not impart any proper information and also don’t tell us what is right or wrong. Unless the teachers who take these subjects are interested in what they teach and are serious about it, the students won’t be able to make proper use of this facility.