Thursday, February 25, 2021

No quality

In today’s knowledge-oriented society, a phenomenal expansion has taken place in educational sector at school and higher education levels. At school level, the number of schools has increased, both in government as well as in private sector. Since there is much expansion, the need of quality than quantity has become imperative and pressing today. The system of education cannot develop without better standard of schools and moreover, it cannot develop in isolation from the social realities. For a better society, better education is important and this is possible only when there is better system of schools. To have a talented and standard younger generation, all the advanced societies and countries of the world put every effort to make their school education system qualitative. They are more concerned about the development of educational sector than development of roads and buildings because they are conscious of the fact that it is individuals and not money which civilizes a nation. They believe that healthy educational environment can make healthy society and fruits of progress and development shall follow. But in our society, roads, buildings, money, graft and misadventures seem to be the sole priorities of the rulers, officials, policy makers and educationists. Nobody can deny the fact that the miserable and worsening educational environment in government schools has given birth to an unprecedented increase of private schools. They claim to have undertaken a mission to serve the cause of education but unfortunately their mission seems to have changed from mission of education to mission of money. The growth of private schools has not only proved undesirable and burdensome for the students and parents but also for the society in which we live because education in these schools has become a choice and prestige for the rich and these cannot be expected to serve general society as their fee structure and other expenses, and admission policies are out of the reach of the general or poor public. These schools not only charge heavy fees combined with compulsory purchases of uniforms, books and stationary from the schools or stores which are directly or indirectly run by these schools themselves but also lack a competent, permanent and well trained staff. Since education in private schools is very costly and beyond the reach of the poor and rural students, role of government schools to serve the society becomes significant and hence their establishment and existence is indispensable. But one feels shocked and disturbed that the government schools where the children of our poor class of society pursue their studies have remained unattended. Although a lot of money is sanctioned for the development of these schools by the central as well as by the state government but it is mismanaged. A close look at the government schools unravels the truth that they are in bad and appalling conditions due to improper and uncongenial accommodations, with no facility of furniture and furnishing, and in the absence of bathroom or toilet facilities, life for the students as well as teachers is agonizing and dreadful. The department of school education proclaims that it has brought education on the rails and has made it qualitative by providing better facilities and infrastructure in schools and has also recruited talented and trained teachers in the department to come up to the expectations of the society. But when one tries to introspect and investigate these claims, one finds that they are false and politically motivated. It is also believed that the policy of mid-day meals which was introduced by the central government to attract the poor class of society towards education to eradicate illiteracy from the society has been misused in the state. The managers, policy makers and teachers of school education department should bear in mind that today education has been conceptualized as a factor which promotes economic growth and therefore, it needs more investment not only in terms of money but also in dedication, devotion, responsibility and honesty. We need to realize that quality education cannot be provided in schools managed in depilated buildings and in case the government does not convert its assertion of making educational sector qualitative and productive into reality, the future generation has every right to condemn the wrong doings done to them.