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Is privatization of education imminent?
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 deliverance.

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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