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Any state with flawed education is a nation with no real wealth to shine. People lacking prospects of quality education are more often vulnerable to abuse and deprivation. In the contemporary era, every aspect of life is related to scope and value of education. Empowerment, progress, and well-being are vital issues that get perceptible impetus from real learning and knowledge. Our state over the period of time has shown significant growth in education front, consequently ushering a new era of empowerment and emancipation for a nation suppressed for centuries. However, with unethical race in expansion and unrestricted corruption, some vital aspects of education have got severely compromised. What are the reasons for hitches in our education system? Last year a former education minister tried his best to bring prospective reforms in education sector. The re-deployment of attached teachers to schools as well as restructuring of the School Education Department as published in the state gazette in the last week of November were positive signs. Sadly unlike in other parts of the country, where orders or laws once passed are implemented in toto, in our case it is a whole different issue. The issue of redeployment of attached teachers to schools remains in limbo till now. Orders or laws passed remains in paper only here, and it would be interesting to see how the ball set rolling by the former minister to restructure the Education Department pans out. This is particularly so after two teachers’ association rejected the Government’s initiative, and hinted at launching agitation. At the same time, the menace of private tuition is another issue plaguing the education system in the state. From time to time, different student’ bodies had issued notification in an attempt to regulate the mushrooming private tuition centres in the state but to no avail. One fails to understand why students go for private tuition. Either it is a fashion or it is a flaw in the state’s education system. It is also noteworthy that almost all students who opt for private tuition belong to private schools. We are sure that it is a flawed system that encourages worried parents to send their wards for private coaching to join a knowledge race – a hype created by the tutoring mafia. Unfortunately, for the last many decades, our education system has got pivoted to more than one point of authority. On one hand, the government-run vast education department with huge infrastructure and quality human resource lacks effective direction and proper management. And on the other end, an ever-growing private sector with an agenda of imparting education at a cost are vigorously out to make the once noble profession of education more profitable commercial occupation. In an open system no individual can be denied the right to excel and earn within the existing rules but education the most valued facet of the nation and its people cannot be put to auction even if rules have to be arbitrary. The private education sector at present more or less regulated by the state’s education apparatus needs to be more compliant with the system or otherwise, the whole state-run education system should be left open for privatization. The existing tuition center clique is an offshoot of wild private education system mushrooming in the state with impunity. Started with a genuine conception of imparting coaching to aspirants for higher and professional education these centers out of ever-increasing greed and ignorance of parents have ended like fast-food joints of teaching. These coaching kiosks exploited the flaws in our system and explored ways to fleece the gullible parents and bother the prospective students both physically and mentally. Perhaps the time is now to streamline the existing education set-up. This could be achieved by exclusively installing only the experienced and well-versed educationists as policymakers and to steer the education sector in the state. Sure there should be a congenial atmosphere for the private sector to flourish, but not as money minting traders but as zealous missionary professionals who can make a respectable living while making the nation knowledgeable.