45 Comments

  1. Lavanya
    September 1, 2018 @ 6:13 am

    True, the school system in India are uber competitive and sadly lacks focus on engendering creativity with the kids.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 1, 2018 @ 7:16 am

      Yes, seems this is something all agree. But no one is able to set the course right.

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  2. Priyal
    September 1, 2018 @ 6:46 am

    Exactly private schools are just seeing their ranking, they don’t see how it’s difficult for kids to manage everything. They unnecessary give the project to kids which are impossible for them to complete and they parents have to do it for the kids . I am personally facing this from last 2-3 years.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 1, 2018 @ 7:18 am

      The projects are more like joint ventures between the neighboring shopwallahs and the school. And before the school announce, shops will be ready tools. Sad part is, some shop even sell completed projects. New job opportunities?

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  3. Mahati ramya adivishnu
    September 1, 2018 @ 6:56 am

    Hard facts. Iam so against to join 3 yr kids to school very early. As you said, the current school system is manufacturing robots which vomit the learnings during exams.
    What can we do as parents? May be we can reduce stress on academics and encourage creativity in kids and also choose a school which also focuses on imbibing moral values.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 1, 2018 @ 7:20 am

      I agree, its not just responsibility of we parents alone. Policy makers should open their eyes and ears.
      Parents should also realize education is important, but not everything in life. There are various path to success. Always trying to keep the kids competitive, we at over stressing the kids.

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  4. Sonia Chatterjee
    September 1, 2018 @ 7:24 am

    Sailing in the same boat with my 3 year old. I wish education wasn’t such a business in our country. You have written a relatable post.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 1, 2018 @ 7:29 am

      Sonia, I realize now. too late, for the mistake of putting the kids in the kinder garden. I am repaying them with more productive times now. No forced tuitions, but also get the fair share of complaints from my better half.

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  5. Abhijit
    September 1, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    Nice post. We need a systemic overhaul. Many schools charge a lot of fee. Despite that students are smarter because they know they won’t be failed till 8th grade. So what is the point of paying high fee? What additional thing school is teaching? I think rush for primary education is mostly in big metros. In smaller towns it is still relatively easy to get in. But we would not be able to say, my son / draughter goes to DPS or Mother’s International.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 1, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

      Thanks Abhijit. As a parent, not just you, everyone is afraid of the what-if conditions in later period. No one want to gamble their kids life or future and this fear is the greatest plus for the schools. Hopefully, more parents stop sending kids to kinder garden. Such change has come from within parents community.

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  6. Tina
    September 2, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    schooling system in India is complicated, but they are also producing good students who are doing great worldwise.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 2, 2018 @ 10:22 am

      Sure, it does. And I do agree with your view point.
      Any system to be called successful, it should produce consistent results on majority. Only then it proves that it not an exception. We should also need to introspect why only few out of millions are good.

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  7. Mayuri Nidigallu
    September 4, 2018 @ 5:43 am

    You’ve shared the constant internal struggle parents go through. Herd Mentality wins in the end though, as everyone wants their child to go to a ‘popular’ school, irrespective of whether it is going to help the child, or not.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 4, 2018 @ 5:51 am

      Yes, that is the key – is it helping our kid to excel? Would be happy if that happens. After all, that is the only reason parents get into all these struggle.

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  8. richa mina
    September 4, 2018 @ 9:45 am

    you’ve written so well on the truth of the education system of India. indeed the teachers are working on meager salaries, the admission system is very difficult too in private schools but the facilities provided in schools are what drives people to rush for admission despite the high fees.. i think.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 4, 2018 @ 9:56 am

      Good view point. Its normal for any parents to think that their kids should get something more than what they got. This is what triggers all the compromise and living less to get them admitted to bigger schools – as in brands.

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  9. Anita
    September 4, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    I agree with your points.
    Our education system needs to be reviewed and revised.
    Plus, part from good teaching of studies, kids must be ‘taught’ to be good humans too.
    You have rightly observed how they interact with teachers vs. how kids did 20 years ago.
    As time passes, we should learn and be better than what we were in the past. Rather, standards are failing.
    As per y’day’s report, a large percentage of school-going kids can’t even read a paragraph and many can’t work out simple maths sums…

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 4, 2018 @ 6:41 pm

      True. Add to that the WhatsApp and short messages. I wonder how long they are going to remember the spellings for the words they learn.

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  10. Neeraj Kumar
    September 4, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    Yes true…we are making homogenous robots that can crack IITs and NEET. How many schools encourage a kid to become a poet but then how many jobs one can find as a poet? So… everything is being done for a settled career. Producing a rational and enlightened human being is the last thing that the schools want to produce.

    This post should be read by all the stakeholders of India to understand what is going wrong with education system in India and primarily with Private Schools.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 4, 2018 @ 6:43 pm

      Exactly! The whole idea here is – which studies will make me earn more. That is all people see. But, its hard to predict what will be in demand after 2 years. Good example is the mushrooming engineering collages.

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  11. Rupali
    September 6, 2018 @ 10:13 am

    Sad but hard truth of these days.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 6, 2018 @ 10:47 am

      Thanks for reading. Hopefully things change sooner than we expect.

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  12. Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    September 7, 2018 @ 6:22 am

    What a write up !!!!! very honest and courageous, the points you have discussed are the truths can be visible easily yet the craze of sending kids in private schools existing.

    Very nicely penned the truths and the facts. Loved it a lot.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 7, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

      Thanks Jyotirmoy. I am sure many of the parents know these, been there and faced it. But it is also true that this is a big nexus and cannot be broken easily.
      But, everything has a beginning. let’s hope for the good.

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  13. Kinshoo Agrawal
    September 8, 2018 @ 9:22 am

    OMG just the perfect timing. We are hunting schools for our 3-year old. And actually the pressure of learning more skills is increasing. Education is the highest profitable industry as of today. Heading to read your next posts too.
    #MyFriendAlexa #momlearningwithbaby #blogchatter

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 9, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

      As long as the perception of child failing in life if done with no education is present this will continue.
      Thanks.

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  14. Shri Krishna Sharma
    September 8, 2018 @ 9:52 am

    Very nice commentary on the education scenario in India. It needs a thorough shaking.

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  15. Jaya Agarwal
    September 8, 2018 @ 9:58 am

    So true. The schools have just become money making machines.

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    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      September 9, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

      Perfect term Jaya – Money making machines. And parents are the AMTs for the school.

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  16. Jheelam
    September 8, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    Education (like the health-sector) in India is only a money-minting machine now. The apathetic state of govt-run schools makes me suspicious what if the govt is in cahoots with the private bodies so that free education crumbles and highly-paid ones thrive?

    I wish home-schooling in India catches up with its Western counter-parts, though it comes with its own set of challenges.

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  17. Rashmi
    September 8, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

    We have chosen alternative schooling for our child for many reasons given here.

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  18. Sitharaam Jayakumar
    September 8, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

    I agree the school system is really cock-eyed and definitely needs a thorough make-over in our country. And teachers, as you say, need to be paid handsomely so that the teaching profession attracts really talented people. #MyFriendAlexa #JaiSReads

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  19. Pri
    September 8, 2018 @ 2:27 pm

    An insightful post indeed! It reminded me of a wonderful movie ‘Hindi medium’.

    You have raised some pertinent questions here. It’s true how education has become so commercial nowadays. The pursuit of knowledge has become a competition craze. And parents just refuse to see the scam. (following herd mentality, a trait not uncommon in our country)
    I wish more parents thought on these lines.

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  20. Kalpana
    September 8, 2018 @ 4:42 pm

    You have put a lot of thought into this post.

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  21. Jayanthi Manikandan
    September 8, 2018 @ 5:01 pm

    Yes – the system is very difficult… but most of it is related to the huge population of our country…

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  22. Nihar Pradhan
    September 8, 2018 @ 5:07 pm

    Indeed education system in India is in such doldrums. Education in India is a big business and it is so lucrative and many may not know this gives highest profit across different business space and we all know that education is managed by society, it is non-profit organisation, such a pathetic irony. This private schools are no less than predators and they have their hawk eyes on this innocent children and their helpless parents fall prey.

    Most politicians are behind running such private schools and they mint money. The demand supply gap in this country has left the parents in such dire state that they run pillar to post to get their kids admitted to a good school, and these school know how to squeeze the customers, not parents and they have no mercy of the little ones and the anxious parents to get their children’s future insured through good education…
    😀

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  23. Nupur
    September 8, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

    Education is make and break but parents can break backs in the process.

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  24. Sonam Jain
    September 8, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    This is so damn true.. I have been planning to put my kid in play school. N I m shocked what goes around.. True post and I bet I will read the next one too

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  25. Neha Gupta
    September 8, 2018 @ 7:43 pm

    Insightful post !! We all will say its sad reality but when our time comes it’s all same.

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  26. Deepa
    September 8, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    I am glad you wrote about it. Our education system really needs a big change especially the ranking system and also the business mentality. Kids should be given the freedom to choose what and how they want to study rather than forcing and pressurising them.

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  27. Monika
    September 9, 2018 @ 8:12 am

    So true and practical . Our education system is getting degraded . The child , parents suffer a lot emotionally and financially also . Whats the point in interviewing the kids at the time of pre nursery class admissions? Will soon read other related posts

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  28. Srishti Rajeev Menda
    September 9, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

    I can connect to everything you are saying. The enormous fee, the queues and the white-skinned ones. Private schools are flourishing because the parents don’t have time to talk out many issues that they are not in favour of. The hindi film “Hindi Medium” throws light upon this admission system on a different level. There is an unrest in the society.

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  29. Manpreet
    September 9, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    Your post is right at every point… the admission system… they ways school cherry pick kids, cut down time on subjects like physical education & moral studies and make it a stressful and useless process for kids… it’s saddening. But what’s the way around?

    Home schooling isn’t that popular in India. In fact, I am pretty sure some companies may even blacklist kids who’re homeschooled. And public schools? Now, I hope you don’t mean government schools coz we all have heard the horror stories.

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  30. Ila Varma
    September 10, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

    The current scenario is the same in all major schools, exceptions always stand. There is a need to revamp the school model for the benefit of kids, parents n society.
    revamp

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