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Education in money

February 11, 2009

        This is the new mantra being chanted by our educational institutes for the last few years: Education meant business. Education is the right of all the children born in this country. But, is the quality education is accessible by all the children? From a seat in LKG to a seat in engineering or medicine it’s all become a money game. More the money you have, the more possibilities for you to get a place in reputed institute. Then where is the place those talented? Is it a bane to born as a poor and get deprived of quality education?

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       Its all starts at the PreKG itself. Every parent has to pay heck amount of money to get their child admitted. Last week when I am talking with my mom, she said that my uncle’s son was going to join in a high profile school in their locality. I asked her, “How much is the fee?” When my mom said the amount I couldn’t believe that. She said it is about 3000 rupees/month. And the standard which my cousin is going to study by next year is 4th. 3000 * 12 = 36000. Add the amount being spent on books, stationeries, travel and don’t forget that donation they have to give every year which will make it to nearly 50000. Phew!!! I don’t know what they are going to taught him after taking 100 rupees/day. We all know many of our fellow citizens don’t have 3 bogus of meal. With the quality education is available at 50000/year (!!!) somewhat better education will be provided at some 10000/year. Are they able to spend that much money for a single child’s education? You can ask me, how about our government schools? These days only the people who are not even able to earn money for their daily meal admitting their children to government school. It is the last option for a parent, as the quality of government has degraded considerably and the proper facilities are not provided in them. Even the teacher’s quality has also degraded over the years.

        Come to the secondary education After every parent were treating the 10th and 12th public examinations more seriously than their siblings, it is no wonder that there is a great rush for the private tuition centers and special classes. These centers responsibility is to change the students into mark machines. After spending some 50 thousand bucks in school, parents were not reluctant to spend 15 to 20 thousand bucks at the tuition centers. I know there are many of the teachers who were efficient in their tuitions, will taught just like that in the class to improve their tuition strength. Even when I was studied in my 12th grade one of the maths teachers will just do the examples in the class and then give everything as homework. But when it comes to tuition he will not leave a student without understanding a single step. So what kind of examples they are setting for the future generation? There are some exceptions. They are also present in my school. A physics teacher named Mr.Panchanathan and chemistry teacher named Mr.Sahadevan who took extra classes to cover their portions. They didn’t came for my class. But I am lucky to study under them in tuitions. I respect them.

       Now the college education is the most expensive of all. The price of the seats of professional courses like engineering and medicine are just sky-rocketing every year. In Tamilnadu, 50 to 70% of the seats were given to the managements of the college to fill, sorry, to sell. Each and every medical seat is sold at a price of 10 to 25 lakhs. And each and every engineering seat is being sold at a price of 2 lakhs to 10 lakhs. Then there one has to pay lakh rupees to study. My brother is paying 82000 every year for his FREE seat. Then you can imagine the situation of the students who were joining in management quota. Only reprieve here is, the students can afford loans to complete their courses. And 2 days before, our judiciary has given another wonderful judgment as follows: Education loan must be given to student without looking at their parents’ capacity to re-pay.

              When a reporter queried the education minister of Tamilnadu that why he is not taking any action against the donations being demanded by the college managements? It’s a secret that the whole population knows and his answer was: Nobody has complained about that. He is abiding by the rules….. Ha ha ha. With some Crores were going to his home how can he stop that? He knows what the business ethics is.

     In these circumstances, I couldn’t stop myself from asking the following questions:

  • With the government has the power to regulate the private institutions, why they are not forcing the institutions to reduce the fee?
  • Are only the crorepatis and lakshatipati’s are eligible to get quality education or to do professional courses?
  • Why can’t we suspect the government that they have some secret deal with those private institutions, which are charging more?
  • Why people are just going any length to get better education? Those institutions were using this attitude of the people to make them pay heavily.
  • Where this money given as donations is going? Anyway they are not going to give receipt for that money. Is the income tax department officials doesn’t know about them? Why they are not arresting them for having black money?

         For the above situation to change, it requires a commitment from all strata of society. Firstly, the government must try to enact laws that will force the educational institutions to reduce the fee, else, it must take steps to open more government and government aided schools and most importantly improve the quality of teachers, teaching methods and facilities of that schools. Second, people must refrain from giving more money and donations to those private institutions. If nobody is ready to implement the above said things, just do one thing as stated below:

       Please provide loans to all the students from their Pre KGs so that they will re-pay the loan from the time they get out the college to till the end of their life. Hope this suggestion will be easy to implement…. Gosh…..

    Another easier way is just produce a tree which will bear the money as fruit, which is shown above and give it to all the poor people in this country.

 

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2009 5:18 am

    me the first…

    kanagu: 🙂

  2. February 12, 2009 6:26 am

    Good one man….
    education just costs a lot nowadays…. right from pre kg to engineering…

    I was lucky to study in a gov. college where the semistar fee was 600 Rs..
    I am not kidding…. 🙂 and I have seen my friends pay lakhs…. all for a stupid engg. seat…

    The loan part that you discussed does exist right??? parents can take child education loans…..
    and the last idea that you had will only happen if Rajnikant is CM!!!! LOL

    kanagu: You are a blessed guy Ajit..
    but how many of our people getting chance to get a quality education at such price?
    Loans to whom.. those parents who are able to pay and what about our 60% of people who are still earning money just to run their life 😦

  3. February 12, 2009 10:52 am

    @ Kanagu : Government schools here are quite good. In fact they seem to do better result wise than private schools. I am only talking about Chandigarh though. I do not know about the rest of the places. It is difficult to get admission though. However it is also time that Indians seriously think about not breeding like rats, pigeons, lemmings, rabbits or other assorted small furry animals.

    kanagu: The government schools are in the worst condition here in Tamilnadu Odzer…. Our people must do that.. I think some amount of awareness was going through with our people

  4. February 12, 2009 11:23 am

    well u can clearly see it.. can’t u..?
    EDU-CASH-IN… the greedy world… don’t even spare one chance to scoop up whatever they can.

    kanagu: Thats wonderful Oorja… 🙂
    Thats what happening now a days 😦

  5. February 12, 2009 12:44 pm

    i wish atleast by college they make it earn & learn method in India..but again we have to come to terms with the whole dignity of labor issue!

    kanagu: Yes we must introduce that system.. but the question is how many of our children reaching the college.. due to the lack of money and clear educational methods they are being dropped out 😦

  6. February 12, 2009 1:56 pm

    I know a private college run by salesian fatehrs in Dindugal..where they strictly follow earn and learn method and no fees for students…they teach them all technical education and they sell the products they make as well…kind of an innovative concept…and yeah hope India reaches the 100% literacy mark soon…

    kanagu: But they are just an aberration lancelot… lot of schools were just running without any ideology.. and their only aim is money.. 😦

  7. February 12, 2009 9:33 pm

    @Odzer Government schools are the worst in central India. The teachers come late, some don’t come at all, students are there just for the mid- day meals.

    @Kanagu Very good post. All this is going on under the very noses of IT Dept and Govt because the money seeps from the college to the education minister.

    kanagu: Thanks Reema 🙂
    Everything is happening here.. but we are nothing to do except fuming at them 😦

  8. Vin permalink
    February 12, 2009 9:39 pm

    Kanagu, relevant points here..i liked this – Nobody has complained about that !! what a F*****G joke!
    i dont know much about where this is all heading … but if money rules the quality of education or education itself..then w can never hope to be a fully literate country !!

    kanagu: Yes Vinnie !!!! but somewhat our people has understood the value of education and we are seeing it now… but this kind of high prices will push our people backward… 😦

  9. February 12, 2009 9:42 pm

    Kanagu!!!
    the title rocks yaar :):)

    kanagu: Thanks Vinnie 🙂
    But which one… of this post or blog title 😕

  10. February 12, 2009 10:12 pm

    Actually this is an issue, which the govt has to seriously look into. There should be a regulation laid down by the Govt that this is the fee, which the schools should collect from each student. It is the govt which fixes the syllabus, be it State Board, Matriculation or CBSE. (There shouldn’t be 3 different. That itself should be scrapped) When the syllabus is the same, then it takes equal effort for a teacher to teach the same lessons. Also the teacher to student ratio should be at the worst case be 1:30. I have seen in my native place, the teacher to student ratio would be 1:65 / 1:70. This should brought down.
    Govt should do regular inspection, in fact they should do un-notified inspection. School managements are well prepared, if the inspection happens after informing the school management.
    I don’t understand what an educational minister is actually doing? The education ministry should stop looking at children’s education with a myopic eye. Their responsibilities don’t just stop at the Government run schools. They should regulate all the schools, be it run by private organizations or any missionary.

    /Vijay

    kanagu: I liked all your points Vijay.. and also I know the committee’s which are being formed by the government would advised this to governement.. but with money were transferring to their account in crores how can they do that????????
    Thats really an insightful comment Vijay 🙂

  11. February 13, 2009 12:51 am

    So damn true… Money rules the roost.

    I dunno if you have heard of Sati Al-Husri… He had said – knowledge is like the air that surrounds you. It is a right. And it should be free.

    Good one there dude.

    Peace.

    kanagu: Thanks Kartz… These guys are so greed and are selling the education.. damn it 😡

  12. February 13, 2009 2:36 am

    Great post, Kanagu! From pre-KG to post-graduate, it’s just about money, money and more money 😡 Education is in a sorry state of affairs, it’s a pathetic situation 😦

    kanagu: Yes Raj… something needs to be done urgently to save the money from going into the mouth of those crcodiles 😡

  13. Solilo permalink
    February 13, 2009 6:38 am

    Education is money for schools but teachers are still paid peanuts. That’s why even though we want to believe that teaching is a noble profession, teachers don’t. They come mechanically and finish their duties. Of course I shouldn’t be generalizing but that’s what happens. So the education children deserve is never achieved.

    Do people care? I don’t think so because those who can afford they send the kids to big private schools with good tuitions at home whereas poor kids are left to reading under lampposts..even now.

    kanagu: Thats the sorry state of this globalized India.. You are right in pointing out that the teachers have been salaried less… as the schools are institutionalized.. they satrted to look into profits 😦

  14. Chirag permalink
    February 13, 2009 12:00 pm

    Kangu, we have a inflation in the education standtrds where few years back B.Tech was awesome, now is normal. And since the control of the learning and developing in in hand for educational bodies, they will keep on inflating the educational levels to benefit from them. But did you notice we have a educational institution which just makes more college professors, as nothing they teach is practical except may be a lab class.

    kanagu: Yeah…. its inflating in India… nice point Chirag.. 🙂

  15. February 13, 2009 12:52 pm

    Kanagu, hehhehehe..i eant the title of this post..Education in money!!

    ur blog title is damn cool…though i’m a big zero in cricket :):)

    kanagu: Thanks Vinnie 🙂

  16. February 13, 2009 5:44 pm

    that was a great post true to every word. tht s one reason y i hate politics. but thr is another reason : like Naseeruddin Shah says in A Wednesday, Indians get ‘used to’ things very easily. first to the muslims from afghanistan coming and ruling us, then the firangis, and now the desis itself. 😦 as u’ve told towards the end, the 1st change to be brought about is in the attitude of people. see this post and this post for related reading. 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Harsha 🙂 I will read those articles soon 🙂 And also we Indians have abudant tolerance which the thugs were taking to their comforts.. Its time to fight again

  17. February 15, 2009 1:24 pm

    Million Dollar Babies- Those who finish their education till college… Engineering requires less money than medical.. Think off the donations man… If you ask a girl whose dad is a founder of engineering college, “CAN I GET INTO YOUR HEART??” she will ask “HOW MUCH DONATION YOU WILL GIVE?” I cn never write on these social issues, but you are great bringing out all the issues to the scene.. SATYAM FIASCO, BJP POLITICAL STANCE…. When i stuided the fee for LKG was around 60/month… Now it is 600 at the same school.. See the newspapers.. how the parents wait outside day and nite to get the application form for their wards so as to gt good education…. Dont want to mention the school names 😛

    kanagu: Thanks Karthik!! u don’t want to mention them.. because it’s a secret that the whole world knows except those rules us… whether their spectacles are enough to see them.. damn it 😡

  18. February 16, 2009 1:55 am

    Frank post again.

    “You can buy education, but not wisdom” Don’t worry!

    BTW you have been tagged on the topic “Slow Melodious and Soulful songs”.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Thanks DI 🙂
    I will do the tag soon 🙂

  19. Nimmy permalink
    February 16, 2009 5:48 pm

    You have been tagged Kanagu,please see my latest post 🙂

    kanagu: Sure Nimmy… I will do it soon 🙂

  20. February 16, 2009 9:11 pm

    beleive me 3000 is actually less ..its even more in many schools in north ..
    and as far as i believe indian education system is a crap ..

    kanagu: 3000 is less!!! phew… this will be the reaction of 70% of our people… yeah its a crap.. but something needs to be done soon.

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