The reality show started to heat up. Everybody on both the sides were getting too emotional as they were discussing about ‘Whether the present education system cares about students or money?’ with the respected teachers fighting to prove that they have that passion for teaching and care for their students and the people on the other side comprising students, youngsters and some parents complaining that education costs much more these days and teachers are after money. Both sides were presenting their view points with the programme moved to midpoint.
A boy named Krishna, a 23 year old young man, introduced himself and started to speak in support of the education system cares only about the money.
“There are lot of reasons for me to be in the opposite side”, as he said that, it was followed by claps from teachers side, “but I want to say what I have experienced to be in this side as this is more important”. He followed, “I was studying in 12th standard then. Each day of that academic year passed like some nightmare. There was a rivalry went on between 2 teachers who ran 2 different coaching centers. In the quarterly examination, in Mathematics paper one of my classmates was failed. He went near him and asked I had done this question correctly but why you didn’t awarded any marks? He checked the paper and said the exact words I am going say now. ‘Why you have followed a method taught by someone instead of what is given in book’. I don’t think there is any specific method to solve a maths problem and all he should have looked is whether that method is correct. One thing I forgot to say here is that boy didn’t studied in his tutorial. That wouldn’t have mattered if he didn’t joined in another maths teacher’s class.”
Some voices raised from teachers like ‘That will be only a few percent. Majority won’t be like that’
He answered, “Please let me talk and I have something to tell about the other teacher too.” And he continued, ” I was studied in the tuition conducted by the ‘someone’ the first teacher has mentioned. In the half-yearly exams I have scored 78% marks in my maths paper which I thought decent enough. But my dad didn’t. He was really angry with me as those marks won’t be enough to get a good college. As the public examinations are in 2 months he decided to take some urgent steps and took me to that teacher. He was not even courteous enough to give a seat to us to sit. Then the conversation went on between them as follows:
‘Sir, My son has scored very low marks in Maths’
Teacher looked at me and asked, ‘How much you have scored?’ as that’s the norm in front of a parent to stamp his authority.
My dad started to speak, ‘Sir, how this will be enough to get a seat in good colleges’
‘Sir, I am giving as many exercises as possible and also completed the portions very well before. See Kumar is a student studying here only and he scored 99% marks.’
And my father has given a cold stare at me. I don’t want to go further from this. Even a common man know its not good to compare 2 students marks. But a teacher with more than 20 years experience in teaching has done that. Then in his tuition more than 100 students were studied. So it’s not possible for him to give attention to everybody and I never had a one-to-one conversation with him. He should have told that I can’t manage everybody and look after each student. But he simply passed the blame on me. Which I don’t think is a responsible act when it comes to discussing about one’s performance with a parent.”
All the members in the program listened keenly while he summed up, “So what is the kind of example they set for their students who study under them?”