GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS (-Do you really love Your GEN-NEXT? – time to introspect honestly- continued)

Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) feels that if Schools die, civilization will deteriorate. Unless, we jointly and severally recognise the need for critically examine the present situation, we will be unable to arrest the trend, either our GEN-NEXT will see these great institutions lost in oblivion or transforming into consultancy services leaving the space open for tuition shops.

Let us introspect. Thanks to present polity, economics and other factors of the society, Govt. run Schools are facing low attendance due to standard and available infrastructures and allied factors. Our respected Guru ji perform all jobs like survey/election duties/politics (unionism especially) etc. etc. on cost of their basic duties. Teachers lost motivation and most of them become disgruntled – ultimately good number of them joined active politics of its own cl(r)ass. The whole situation led to growth of a self-centered attitude and gave birth to absenteeism and unions with restrictive practices thinking of their own welfare first and foremost without giving much thought to the functioning of Schools or the quality of education. Our policy makers did all sorts of experiments particularly during 1950s and subsequent years. There was rampant and mindless growth in physical numbers of schools without infrastructure. Salary of teachers which was meagre and “… if you pay peanuts – you will get only monkeys…’’ was the result got changed. Thanks to various experiments like Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyaan and such mindless pumping of money – financial balance sheets of our Guru ji changed – but nobody gave any thought over quality and standard. Apparent lack of understanding of what good education demands and flawed policies resulted in drop outs and culminating into present situation of closing down the temple of learning.

The entire gamut – particularly among major populace created parental anxiety in the society, and created good market for Private Sector Schools

Private Schools function for profit. The idea itself counters the idea of a caring School. A good School is where knowledge is cherished, and where intellect is cherished, intellect is developed; and where there is sensitivity towards the child and where there are adequate resources. Maximisation of profit prompts the promoters of Schools in private sector to lay more emphasis on competition rather than conceptual learning. Private Schools by and large force the students to learn by rote and this undermines the basic value of understanding. Factual learning demands conceptual clarity, difficult and time taking.

The most alarming aspect of present day schooling is that parents and schools have joined inadvertently in such a way that nobody want to take responsibility for the moral growth and behaviour of the child. If a child has any moral and behavioural problems, these schools will call the parents to solve the problem. For academic weakness these schools advise private tuitions – thus they abdicate the responsibility of an educator.

We, the people as society seem to be far from realising that civilizations depend on good education and good basic schools are the prime requirement. BBD apprehends, we may have lands but not the man to cultivate, good gracious buildings creating generation with no culture/character and self destructive creatures. These creature will be neither healthy physically nor mentally. We are willingly committing a crime against our own GEN-NEXT.

Time to think and act. JAAGO RE

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit