This post “Only freebie no one wanted” is a continuation of my last post “Choosing between devil and deep sea“. So, if you have not read the first post, my kind request is to read it first and then continue with this post.
Me and my wife enter the supermarket after successfully finding a parking space. Ha, what an achievement! Especially on weekends.
We were just pulling down things from the rack and filling our shopping carts. Gone are those days when we had a list and bought what we really want. Good old days.
“Didn’t we already buy this last week? I remember seeing it still left in our home?”
“Yes, I do have. But you see, it says buy 2 get one free, festive offers. What is wrong to buy and save it? Anyway, we will need to buy it in a few weeks na?”
We move to the apparel section of the mall. And big festive offers and discount signboards forces us to fill on more into our shopping carts.
“Didn’t you buy similar Jeans just last month? And you said it is your favorite last 2 weeks.”
“Yes, I did. But now there are festival offers. Be wise to utilize these offers and save some money.”
Festive seasons are most famous for free offers. Not just in our country, but this is a global phenomenon. Marketing professionals know clearly that anything with a mention of “FREE” will have more attention & crowds.
After all, who do not want more value for money, right?
But if there is something in India that is free and still no one wants, it should be our Education & Healthcare system. Yes, the only freebie no one wanted.
The irony in our country is, everyone wants a government job, but no one wants to go to a government hospital or public school. Unfortunate!
I strongly believe that if there is something any country must provide free for its citizens, it should be
- First and foremost, Education.
- Second is Healthcare.
It’s not the freebies that are dished out to earn votes that are needed in the country. In fact, it’s the worst enemy a healthy economy can have.
I am sure, any sensible person will agree with on my above observation.
Unfortunately, in our country, both these areas are dominated by private players. Even if it helps to build a world class standard, it does not help in reaching the last citizen in my country.
India is so diverse and with so many languages in different regions, it’s a big challenge to have a common medium of language for schools across all the region.
Public schools are mainly run in regional language. Being a strong believer of knowledge has little to do with the medium of language, I see no harm in this concept.
I do agree on the difficulties these kids could face when they move to professional courses. Well, is it not the duty of the government to close this gap? Improve the English proficiency in public schools and help the kids. And not force the kids to move to convent schools.
On the whole, each government does take efforts and spends a lot of fund for the education.
Most of the state governments also pay well for the teachers working in the public schools. Recently the Hounarable CM of Tamilnadu openly made a statement against the school teachers when they were demanding income hikes. What did he say?
A language teacher who is teaching Tamil in Tamilnadu is earning almost Rs.80K. And our engineering kids and others are struggling to earn a decent income.
Which is actually true. In my last post “Choosing between devil and deep sea” we saw how the teachers in private schools are exploited. If that is one extreme, this Public school administration is another extreme.
Yes, governments spend a huge fund, true. Yes, the teachers in public schools are paid really well.
But still, no parents want to send their kids to government schools. Why?
Forget we parents, even the teachers working in public schools do not want their kids to be in a public school.
Don’t you think its time to introspect?
Ownership & Responsibility
When teachers are paid a handsome salary what stops them from doing their work dedicatedly? Why can’t they make the school they work an example to others?
Even if they are not ready to deliver, is it not the responsibility of the government machinery to make it happen?
The problem is not money, but the lack of ownership & responsibility.
The fate of the public school mainly depends on two things.
- First is the principal of the school who has the power to make decisions.
- Second is the Collectors & Education ministry.
We all know how a ministry works in our country.
But, the principal of a school cannot be an illiterate or lowly qualified person. He would not have reached this height easily. He has climbed the position after years of work and sacrifice.
So, any public school that gets a good principal will definitely do good. There are many examples in our country.
The problem is what is stopping the other principals to learn from such mentors!
Not just that, whatever we may say, the opportunities that an urban school kid gets is far superior to the one in rural schools. We need to accept this bitter truth.
Add to this, the recent addition of the common entrance exams for medicines etc has its own share of confusion in the minds of parents and kids. The government should sit together with parents, representatives from civil societies and other intellectuals to review the syllabus of the schools at frequent intervals to keep them competitive.
The growth of any country is not just due to the technology or economy. It greatly depends on the strength of the Education & Research institutions as well.
Also, if we just create high talents and lack to feed them properly we will face brain drain. So, both technological advancement and education system should go hand in hand.
With all these limitations, still, we find some of the schools with really talented kids. And if you observe closely it would be due to the principal the school gets.
I was going through the statistics across India on the Ministry of Human Resource Department, and one that caught my eyes is the below chart. [These are figures released in 2016]
If you notice the comparison between Urban & Rural, there is still a long way to close these gaps. Most of us may have been born and bought up in an urban environment and been to the good school in major cities. So, to get a perception of the rural kids, such statistics are important.
Me also being grown and studied in metros had little understanding of the rural schools and the way it operates. Except for those shown in the movies!
So, I used this opportunity for the #MyFriendAlexa to understand the ecosystem for such rural schools. That is when I came to know about many organization outside the government machinery that is dedicated to improve the system and narrow the above gap.
These organization silently do their bit of contribution.
The above information was revealed from a discussion I had with one of my friend who herself is a voluntary teacher for an NGO.
So as a blogger, I thought it’s my responsibility to bring it to the eyes of all parents and spread that positivity all over. And I do expect my fellow bloggers to stand with me and spread this positivity.
Moreover, I do not want to simply list out the problems and wash my hands after the rant. What I really wanted is to highlight the positives that are happening due to which India still outputs excellent talents from public schools.
We also have a huge gap between what the education system teaches and what the industry really wants.
This can be corrected by reviewing the study materials to make sure they impart the required skills to the kids and make them ready for the industry outside.
As I mentioned, there are many NGOs and rotary clubs that dedicate their time and resource to invest in young kids in these type of public schools. They also help in bridging these gaps to some extent.
In my next post, I will list out few of the efforts that is been successfully implemented by these NGOs in our rural schools.
My humble request to fellow bloggers and readers is to spread these good messages as much as possible to build a positive environment for our future generation.
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