As I stepped into my floor’s refreshment room in office, got to see two men seriously discussing some things with the newspapers spread across the table. From their chats, I was damn sure that they are not speaking something that is there in the newspaper. As I was filling my water bottle, one among those two men said an info that shocked the other men, even me too. Yes, happened to overhear them, as they were the only people chit-chatting there and their discussion was much audible to my ears. Now you may ask about the info that shocked me in that room??? I’ll tell you that for sure. In fact, I just penned this post to tell you all that info.
That men was telling the amount in words (as we do in smaller grades in school), that he has to pay to admit his kid for Pre-KG in some school. Wanna make a guess??? It’s the amount that started with the number five followed by four zeros. And lot more guys. Yes, this is just the tuition fees & donation and a lot more is that they are going to suck from that kid’s packet in the name of bus fees, uniform fees, etc. Not sure about your guesses, but I wouldn’t have made a guess somewhere close to these digits for sure. I know that education is business now-a-days, but a bit ignorant that it has grown up to this extent. If I just tweak my brain a bit, it would bring up the number 1100, which my parents spent from their packet to pay my 12th grade tuition fees. I’m sure that some people may say a number even less than this.
Some people may justify this amount by saying that the campus is fully air conditioned, hygienic foods served over there, and they nurture good habits in kids. Even these justifications seems meaningless to me. I guess that kids at this age should be allowed to play freely in the open air or at least in a structure that gets the fresh air inside. But here they are dumped just like vegetables inside an air conditioned room. If you ask me, I would say that the people at home can cultivate the good habits in kids well than these paid staffs in schools. I’m not saying that these staffs are not doing rightly, but I’m saying that people there in home teach the kids good habits with their family culture and love meddled in it. This cannot be taught by the teachers there at schools. May be to some extent, hygienic foods matters, but it would not take a toll of this amount.
Really I’m not able to understand the kind of system we are living in and the way we are heading to. I’m asking myself a number of times that what the hell they are going to give this kid that is demanding a hefty half a lakh rupees. As far as I know, the kid is just going to spend some time inside a campus playing with few more kids and learn some stuff like alphabets and numbers. To teach this, I don’t think that the school management needs someone graduated from IIT or IIM. And the more shocking thing is that these parents are ready to pay this amount and get the admission anyway. May be these parents tend to go with this, just to avert the problems they may get when they try to board their kid in this school for higher classes in future.
But the reality that cannot be fooled is that the board exam toppers are not from these hyped schools, but from a very normal school from rural area and sometimes from a government school too. May be the toppers in English and other regional languages come from these schools. Great people like Abdul Kalam are not the ones who did their schooling in convents or such hi-tech schools. They just had their school grades completed in the government schools. Even the school in which the children are studying is a matter of concern, but it cannot be said that it’s the only thing that decides the quality of education that the children receive. The larger part lies on the kid who is pursuing the study.
With the surveys telling us that our country is going to have the greatest percentage of youth population and the western countries going to have to the most percentage of ageing population, the government has to transform the burden of growing population into a boon of intellectual assets. This can be done only using the greatest tool of education. It has to be made available to all in this country. Moreover the emphasis has to be that the quality of the education should be same to all. It’s not that just because a kid’s person is not rich, he/she should not be forbidden to the quality education. I believe that the only way to do this is by reorganizing the education policies of the government on education. The government schools should be equipped enough that it attracts even the rich people to get joined in it.
So let me finish of this post with a hope that these dreams will come true during my lifetime itself!!!