Education in money
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?
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.