With the underperforming and almost redundant government-run educational institutions, the market forces are entering into education sector to colonize the minds of the students and maximize their profits by commoditizing education. The cause of the failure of the governmental educational institutions is corruption, bad governance and lack of professional ethics among the faculty members.
A friend of mine told
me recently that children of the teachers of government sector
institutions were studying in private institutions and those of the
state level education secretaries in foreign schools or expensive
private and posh residential institutions. The educational governance
does not have any stake in their own system as they do not send their
own children to the institutions they preside over and control.
The state is succumbing to market forces and
privatization is taking roots in India
and educational base of
government-run institutions is shrinking. According to Pulapre
Balakrishnan, Professor of Centre for Development Studies in
Thiruvananthapuram, the governmental professional education has not
expanded commensurately with the growth in demand over the last few
years. This has signalled a total failure of education in the
government sector and it has resulted in a prima facie strong case
for allowing private entry in the Indian education, he observes.
The failure of government institutions, which are
over-regulated by highly paid government bureaucrats, have become
extremely dishonest, highly under-governed and thoroughly corrupt to
play in the hands of private sector dominated by market forces. The
exploitative and fleecing private education has already started
expanding and Gove mental institutions have started committing
hara-kiri through bad governance, corruption and low-quality
In the present scenario, it seems that privatization
of education and expansion of ‘education industry’ is imminent
unless governmental institution and teachers therein resolve to
reform themselves and put in honest efforts to provide quality
education. But, the latter seems a remote possibility.
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