Saturday, September 11, 2010

education in india

well, after the heavy post of yesterday, the last thing that you would want is one more heavy article. OKay, i spare you of the torture, but this one is regarding something close to my heart - Education.

According to current estimates, 80% of all schools are government schools making the government the major provider of education. However, because of poor quality of public education, 27% of Indian children are privately educated. According to some research, private schools often provide superior results at a fraction of the unit cost of government schools. However, others have suggested that private schools fail to provide education to the poorest families, a selective being only a fifth of the schools and have in the past ignored Court orders for their regulation. In their favour, it has been pointed out that private schools cover the entire curriculum and offer extra-curricular activities such as science fairs, general knowledge, sports, music and drama. The pupil teacher ratios are much better in private schools (1:31 to 1:37 for government schools and more teachers in private schools are female. There is some disgreement over which system has better educated teachers. According to the latest DISE survey, the percentage of untrained teachers (paratechers) is 54.91% in private, compared to 44.88% in government schools and only 2.32% teachers in unaided schools receive inservice training compared to 43.44% for government schools. The competition in the school market is intense, yet most schools make profit.

Even the poorest often go to private schools despite the fact that government schools are free. A study found that 65% of schoolchildren in Hyderabad's slums attend private schools. Private schools are often operating illegally. It takes 14 different licenses from four different authorities to open a private school in New Delhi and could take years if done legally. However, operation of unrecognized schools has been made illegal under the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act which has also significantly simplified the process of obtaining recognition. ( source: wiki)

Now after this brief trivia about education in india, what do you think would happen? Indians are enterprising, and any given opportunity would be leapt upon immediately( is it more an act of desperation than a well thought out act? that is a matter of discussion for some other post). So, given the circumstances, it is but obvious that there would be any scrupulous entities operating, and risking the future generation.

Here is a picture of a school, advertising for admissions.

Now which parent, in proper senses, and slight knowledge would want their ward to study in a school named so?

p.s.: this is the first post, in the series of post to come of things that we usually come across in india.


  1. Anonymous10:53 am

    Yeah... who would want to send their kids to this school... Tiny Tits! Call it Humongous tits and see there would be a bee-line for admissions :)

  2. Tiny or humongous.. why would a parent send his kid to a tits school?? well, unless he has special interests!!!

  3. Anonymous2:20 pm

    yeah... tits school dsnt make sense... thats something kids should learn on their own ;)

  4. @ Anonymous: true.. they should learn it on their own!! But how do i learn who u r.. without ur name on it Anonymous??

  5. Right from Independence, India has made a conscious attempt to bridge divides of caste, gender, religion and economic status. This Act is a reaffirmation of Parliament’s commitment to invest in all our children’s education. The Right to Education Act will is not just a symbolic gesture but will be backed up by budgets and education infrastructure investments and will improve access to education to every Indian. Check: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/interview_right-to-education-is-not-just-symbolic-rajeev-gowda_1419089

  6. @ Sanjeev: i totally agree wit tht.. but where are the results.. why is the literacy level at such low levels after 60 years of independence?? Why are some states, or even some districts in prosperous states( raichur in ktka) hav such low education levels, directly resulting to high poverty levels?? Just because, those in power do not want to make any change.. it helps their agenda!!!