School Education in India
Schooling in India, chiefly in the Hindi belt, has been worsening gradually after independence. Our governments, particularly the BJP government, have concerned themselves with extra-governmental activities and with everything apart from governance. As a result, the future of India is gradually coming under a dark cloud. If Providence watches over such matters, our government has a reserved place, for itself, in Hell. Remaining blind to the needs of children is a sin that our leaders have been committing with a vengeance.
Why are the majority of our schools not right?
The richest schools, meant for the richest children, are breeding grounds for snobbery and the growth of misfits in our society. Where children are kept in the luxury of air-conditioned classrooms and expensive fast-food snacks, children will never experience hardships that alone make practical and capable people. Some schools provide every aid and help so that the student progresses without any struggle. Their efforts are reduced to a minimum, while their conveniences and comforts are maximized. This is the surest recipe for mollycoddled brats.
In contrast to these schools are schools in the rural regions and smaller towns where very little attention is paid to children. Teachers are frequently engaged in earning money elsewhere because their salaries do not match up to their needs. In this case the children are faced with too much struggle and hardship which can be equally dangerous for their growth. They are never exposed to issues like learning and speaking the languages properly. Hence the way in which they develop is almost the same as they would have developed if they never went school at all. A little arithmetic and science is all that seems required for them to pick up. Even these are learned privately after school. These children pass because of badly monitored examinations and then enter universities like a disease that will eat up the institutions of higher learning. Games and extra-curricular activities mean very little in these schools. Little do they know about art, music, public speaking or developing hobbies.
It is only the middle order schools that provide a somewhat better education. But these schools cater to at best 10% of our total number of children. The rest are left to their fates which are frequently quite unenviable.