Weak foundation


Education is considered as the backbone of the modern economy. The quality of education imparted and gained through various platforms and institutions has been a deciding factor in the way economies have grown. In the current scenario, the quality of education is strongly linked to the technological might of the country, which in turn decides the standing of the country on the world platform. Consider the example of the United States of America: she is considered, if not the only, among the top leader countries of the world. One of the main reasons is the massive technological strength and continuous advance of such technologies with time, resulting in her becoming a huge economy. The availability of resources in a country is not the only factor that decides the economic strength of that country; it is the technology available to harness those resources in an efficient way that decides the real worth of a country — her economic, political and social standing. India has also been doing well recently in terms of space technology and has earned significant praise from all over the world, the way it has successfully launched different satellites into space. This has the potential of bringing a lot of revenue as India opens up this service to other nations. On the contrary there are many countries who are resource-rich but still struggling a lot and not economically well-off. These countries are often dependent on imported technologies and, many a time, are exploited in the name of economic upliftment of its people. It is pertinent to mention that technologies do not knock our doors all of a sudden but are a result of dedicated and persistent struggle of the people of a country, especially the educated ones, and the policy makers. If we look at the technologically advanced countries we will find the advanced countries have a strong and well organised educational sector, especially the primary educational sector. Nonetheless, institutions of higher education also do play a great role in the advancement of a nation in multiple directions. However, it is the standard of education at school level, especially primary level that lays the foundation of scientific temperament and innovation among students. It is at this level that creativity among children is induced or allowed to flourish. The extent to which creativity is allowed to nourish in a young mind decides the span of technological advancements to a great extent; these advancements are an implication of creativity combined with hard work, dedication and devotion. It is, however, also possible that creativity sadly gets killed at this stage. And one of the reasons for such things happening in schools, particularly in our part of the world, is the skewed student teacher ratio. Given the time slot for a particular class and the large number of students, it is not possible for a teacher to deliver their lesson, give homework, and then check all the homework of all the students and at the same time asses their learning. While in some schools the recommended student teacher ratio is up to the mark and the teachers are able to do justice with their job, in other schools it is pathetic. In remote areas, we can witness a teacher-student ratio so low that there are two or three teachers for a whole primary school, sometimes even a single teacher managing the whole school. How can they do justice or how can we expect them to do justice? This grossly affects the students at a stage where their foundation for contributing to technological advance at a later epoch of their life should have been laid and built strongly. This kind of skewness, with some schools lacking adequate number of teachers, while others having more number of teachers than required doesn’t just affect the quality of education but has other severe repercussions as well.