Education is no more a neutral subject subscribing for its intrinsic values and characteristics. Consequently, 'crony educationalism' has taken deep roots in the last twenty years in the country leading more and more privatization and corporatization of education. Most politicians have opened educational institutions, a 'recession-free industry' and the corporate sector is trying utmost the 'colonization of minds' to make education a consumers' commodity.'
We should have a fresh debate on the issue 'what it means to educate and be educated' as well as dwell on the complexity of cultural environment and diversity among learners for quality education to improve education in the government sector over which the education ministers in various states and at center as well as the IAS officers preside over.
With the change of guards, a new set of crony educationalists and advisers at the centre are once again going fish into the 'troubled waters' of educational sea. Education, which was meant for social transformation and a tool to develop rational minds should not be allowed become further problematic and sick.
My humble plea is that the first step that government should take is to make it compulsory for the ministers and government servants including IAS officers to send their children to government institutions for education, to have better stake in the system they govern and work for.
not even the government school teachers are sending their own
children in the schools they teach in. Some reports indicate that
over 80 percent government school teachers are getting their children
'educated' in private schools. Moreover, most government senior
secondary school teachers are indulging in tuition in big towns where
they teach well but not in their schools. This menace of tuition and
private coaching must also stop.