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The new world order

April 6, 2009

Last Friday while having dinner,I had the below conversation with my colleague (let us call him Mr.B):

Me: So tomorrow what’s the plan Mr.B?

Mr .B: I have to attend an interview.

Me: Interview.. For what?

Mr.B: My daughter is going to join the school and for that we have to..

Me: Then does your daughter too have to go through this?

Mr.B: Yes.

Me: What kind of questions they will ask to her?

Mr.B: English alphabets, some animal names like that..

ME: So what they are going to taught her?

So that is the state of our education in our country. Children must know alphabets and numbers to enter into the school because the school teachers not in a mood to teach it to them. All they are doing is not educating the students but selecting with the brilliant minds and want to show off themselves proudly.  A kid who is just 3-years old knows what? All these schools have just making them to run into ugly race to get a seat. The way the schools are behaving nowadays is really absurd and they are just robbing the money from people. An interview for parents is also not all needed. A meeting is enough. If at all the parents doesn’t know anything what a kid can do that. So if a kid needs to taught at the home also what is the need for school. Is 8 hours for 5 days is not enough to teach a kid? After that he/she has to do homework. When will you give sometime for him/her to play?


One of the school’s chairperson views on this parent interview during admission in TOI:

What the teacher has said is an ideal situation..There must be involvement from parents accepted. But these interviews were happening in the high profile schools and most of the parents of the kids who are studying in them are really concerned about their child’s education.
And if I say that this is also a trick to find the financial status of the parents.. how many of them can defend themselves? The way they are collecting money from parents in the name of special classes in different skills is very debatable one. In many schools they are compulsory. All they were trying to do business.
She says that ‘it’s unfair to put a 4-year old child through a rigorous admission process’. But is that happening here?? In most of the schools interviews for students was compulsory putting them under severe pressure.
The situation she mentions in the absence of interviews is the laughable one. Because parents were paying the money which once has the value of donation. So no need for extra donation. Even if we accept the current fee structure still people were indulging in unlawful activities to gain the seats for their kids.
Actually the most frightening thing in this is the name ‘Interview’. By this schools are depicting that they are selecting the kids like an employee for a company.  This is a competitive world.. accepted.. but even to join their K.G. is a real hard thing to  accept for me.
Court’s Verdict:

By May 2006, Delhi high court has banned the practice of interviewing kids and parents in school. But no change has been happened till now. The court’s order has went into deaf ears of school authorities and we are seeing the reaction of them now 😦 You can see the news here.
Here are views of the school authorities on the ban of interviewing parents and kids:
I am not against the above 2 points. You can interact with parents for sure. After all you must maintain a great relationship between them. But what concerns about this is, it goes overboard and there is no school which doesn’t checks about the financial status of the parents.
This one is serious one and this has been rightly raised. The views of the parents gets distracted in the name of good or best  school. So they are giving fake information to make their kid to join in the school. So its a double work for the school administrators and they can’t go and check everything. Even though parents does this in a good thought it will cause problems to the child over the years with the burden of studies.
You can read the full news here.
PS: This is the discussion forum I came across while googling for the topic of interviewing parents and kids. The question asked by him is true and also fun for a neutral.
This is another news article which says that how parents were preparing their kids for interview. Here are the snapshots:
Says Karamjit Kaur Gill, mother of a three-and-a-half year old, “My son knows everything, but is very shy in front of strangers. So every evening I arrange a meeting with my friends, to make him overcome this habit.”
Alka Puri, whose daughter is three, says she buys a large variety of vegetables from the market to make her daughter familiar with them. She points out, “My daughter usually confuses between carrot and turnip, and between spinach and methi. This regular drill has helped her learn the names.”
Other parents say they are asking their relatives to conduct mock interviews for their child. Says Ajay Kumar, father of a three-year-old, “I have requested my relatives to conduct such mock interviews, so that he clears the interview.”
So that’s how the things goes. Its’ the new world order to get any seat you have to attend an interview. I don’t know whether I would have got a seat in school as I am a very shy at young age. Hard to believe but you should believe it 😀
Sources: Express India, Financial express, Merinews
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41 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2009 1:11 am

    And they refuse to take up a kid even when he is brilliant but his parents fail the interview process. I know of a couple with whom this happened. The school reasoned that the parents won’t be able to provide a proper environment at home as they have failed.
    Environment for what? To teach their children ABCD and 1234??
    Its insane!!!

    • April 6, 2009 3:46 am

      its happening here Amit.. but when we ask them.. they will talk about the ideal situation.. insane I can say.. 😦
      is it a crime of a kid for not having an environment in home??? hmmm.. money matters.. 😦

  2. April 6, 2009 1:48 am

    this one seems to be a long drawn affair…i liked what Meera of Tinytots has to say..looks like a middle path!
    🙂 🙂 thanks for putting up this here all together…i agree with ur new world order concept..to get any seat, one has to face an interview or fight an election – survival of the fittest / strongest / rudest / ….

    • April 6, 2009 3:51 am

      if what she has said was happening means.. we can be happy.. but its not like that.. exceptions maybe there.. but in the end.. everybody in the same pit.. 😦

  3. Indyeah permalink
    April 6, 2009 3:06 am

    will be back to comment 🙂
    rushing off

  4. April 6, 2009 7:39 am

    innama kannu template summa gilmava irukuthu…ithu padippu matteru siluvaiku onnum puriyathu munimma ta solliten enga kulanthaya ischool naa andha don bosco la than sekkanumnu…Lance anga than padichan athanala oru paasam 🙂

  5. April 6, 2009 9:08 am

    I totally agree with u. What utter nonsense! Either ur teachers r so lazy they dont want to actually teach. just play with kids whose parents r so freaked they’ve already taught they’re kids all they know. Or they’re just nuts.
    This was brilliant.

    • April 12, 2009 12:06 am

      Welcome here Coffee is my poison.. 🙂

      It’s a ridiculous practice and it must be stopped soon

  6. April 6, 2009 9:30 am

    Thank God, we didnt have to go through this!!

  7. April 6, 2009 11:37 am

    This is just sick! 😡 Poor kids…and poor parents! 😦

    I love your new header! 🙂

    • April 12, 2009 12:07 am

      😦

      Thanks Raj.. I know you like cats much 🙂

      • April 12, 2009 2:06 am

        I sure do, Kanagu! 🙂 Cats (and indeed most animals) are much, much better than some of the filthy low-life human scum beings that exist in this world 😡

        And your new avatar is cool, too! 🙂

        • April 12, 2009 12:40 pm

          yes Raj.. at times I am also felt like that 🙂

          and thanks Raj… it’s been a long since I changed my avatar 🙂

  8. April 6, 2009 12:43 pm

    We are lucky enough to have not gone through this, but in the future I will as a parent !!! I have already forgotten whatever I had learned in my PG, and we are talking about kindergarten stuffs !!! I always get confused if English alphabets are 24 or 26 even !! LOL.

    Your post reminded me of the hilarious gag in Abhiyum Naanum. If you havent watched it yet, please do. especially the scene where Prakash Raj mentions about the name of Alexanders horse !!

    • April 12, 2009 12:41 am

      LOL Vimal 😆
      It’s a challenge for everybody 🙂 and I have seen that scene many a times, an enjoyable one 🙂

  9. Princess permalink
    April 6, 2009 3:53 pm

    This is really irritating as you say and now that we cannot avoid it, it is sad..
    We’ve to prepare kids as though we are sending them to military school..

    I hope things change.
    -Aiz.

    • April 12, 2009 11:20 am

      We can hope.. but I am not seeing any change in this system.. everybody runs behind the money.. 😦

  10. April 6, 2009 5:42 pm

    Pete

    Wow whatever happen to you send a kid to school the teacher teaches them their ABC’s and such. How do you interview a 4 yr old and WHY. Are we that pretentious of a society that teachers get to decide what they will teach..shocking great post…i love your blog its like investigating reporting keep up the good work…Zman sends

    • April 12, 2009 11:23 am

      The school authorities want the child to know everything before they enter into the school.. then what is the need for them. We can teach everything in the home itself, right??

      And thanks Steve… 🙂

  11. Smitha permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:31 pm

    Kanagu, It is indeed shocking. I had once met somebody going through this whole thing.. In addition to interviewing the parents, the child, apparently some schools also had criteria that they ‘preferred’ it if both parents were not working! It is ridiculous to think that the schools are being able to dictate terms like this! It is a scary situation in India for sure! I really like what they do here in Britain. Every school has a catchment area and you get an addmission on a first come first serve basis. One of friends recently moved to the UK, and none of the nearby had vacancies. All they had to do was contact the local council, who got her an admission to a ‘not-so nearby’ school as soon as a vacancy rose- she was shifted to a school next door. I wonder when we would get to see this in India..

    • April 12, 2009 12:03 pm

      hmmmm….. both of the parents not working.. phew.. then what can they do.. teaching their children the school books… fine… then what is the need for teachers??? It’s really bad.. schools were overreacting these days 😡
      For the thing like in Britain some independent body must maintain the list of all the schools and students studying in them. so that the above wil be possible 🙂

  12. April 6, 2009 7:17 pm

    This is what we have come to these days. God save. Period.

    Peace.

  13. April 6, 2009 7:32 pm

    There are some schools in delhi who takes grandparents interview also..
    they expect them to speak good english so that children can get good atmosphere at home also..what a rubbish reason..

    I must say you are quite concerned abt eduction system in India…

    • April 12, 2009 12:15 pm

      That is another problem Rashmi.. students must talk in English.. we may live in a age of globalization.. but that doesn’t mean we must forget our Mother tongue.. This is quite absurd 😦

      Yeah.. I am concerned much about it.. as everybody were not able to get the quality education

  14. Indyeah permalink
    April 6, 2009 8:31 pm

    Who needs admission? the kid
    Who is ebing interviewd?The kid …and oh wait! The parents too!
    This is so absurd!

    and I find the question of finacial status insulting and demeaning…as well as the questions to check whether the parents ‘know’ English properly or not!
    I mean what the??
    This is disgusting…If parents knew everything they would be teaching the kids themselves wouldnt htey?Why would they come to a school?

    This is so discriminatory and so totally Indian and disgustinmg that its beyond words…

    Going by this criteria, children whose parents are poor will never get eduacted and neither will those whose parents cannot speak ‘good english’ as the schools say…

    Is this the India we want?
    And surprisingly and shockingly, despite many protests the schools are getting away with this discrimination and blackmail!

    😦

    Imagine we are making our children rote learners even before they begin their schooling! 😦

    Thanks for all the links Kanagu..This post and all the previous posts on the education system reflect your sincerity 🙂

    DO keep discussing these issues because they are important for a new India..

    • April 12, 2009 12:26 pm

      Our private schools, which are money thirsty has made the situation worse. And also there is no defined standard for schools to operate in our country. If teh quality of education is same across the country means parents won’t strive for specific schools.. so I think the solution will be the equality in standard among the schools…

      and thanks Indyeah.. I love to discus and find a solution for this rotten system

  15. April 6, 2009 10:04 pm

    This procedure is so unnecessary!! Every child has the right to be educated and in the school he/she wants. By selecting kids, the teachers are just making their jobs easier.

  16. April 7, 2009 12:37 pm

    this is similar to ullo pelliki kukkala hadavidi in telugu….transalation – for marriage of someone in village, the dogs of the street were causing a lot of hungama!

    i say this coz, those interviewers or whoever god knows whats their role in school…sometimes they might not even be teachers, they cud be just management…if they are teachers then they might not be the best teachers def!

    • April 12, 2009 12:35 pm

      I think the teachers won’t decide on this matter…. only the school authorities were causing this hue and cry… until the money comes first in our preferrences then this will happen 😦

  17. April 7, 2009 9:41 pm

    no words machi…a great thought provoking post once again…. yes, the system needs to be overhauled….

  18. April 8, 2009 2:46 pm

    hehehe….but u know , we feel proud after having the admission 😉

    This is done because we all want this ……Isnt it ??

    Neways nice blog ..hmmm the header too …..

    • April 12, 2009 12:37 pm

      Welcome here lucky 🙂

      Your are done…. cool..

      thank you 🙂

  19. April 10, 2009 2:06 am

    today you need to qualify the entrance exam for studies everywhere … no matter at which level … *phew*

  20. Rajesh Kumar permalink
    April 18, 2009 12:25 pm

    Schools try to do whatever they can to maintain their reputation. They dont groom bright talents but filter out bright talents and show results. Even before appearing for public exams people with lower marks are strictly filtered out from appearing in public exams to show excellent results.

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