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Sep
10

Education for All

“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”—Chanakya.

Education in India is like a world inside a world where a country like India which is on the verge of becoming a super power and a global player, with the most enlightened mind propelling towards its success. There is also a flipside to this where crores of funds are deployed for primary education ,a major chunk of the population remains under privileged. The story on paper might be very convincing but the harsh reality behind it says another story with a budget of over US$16billion allocated to education there are states like Chattisgarh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh where the literacy level is extremely poor. The innate force that should drive the education is the conscious of the parents, they should be educated first about the importance of education before the children to create a seamless transition of a nation into an educated one. After all it is the parents who send off their wards to study.

This was just an introduction to the issue. We will now be discussing about the issues relating to the education.

But the question remains what should be the level of education or set standard where we can say that the person is educated. You will be astonished at the fact that in India the present parameter for a person to be termed as educated is just be able to signature his name. This is the standard set by the government. No wonder illiteracy is prevalent and pervasive in our system. India has a literacy rate of 74% which might look good on paper but , the question remains are we really educated? I am afraid the answer to this question is no. Education for all even if achieved will not be fruitful because quantity without quality is useless.

 

Talking about the infrastructure at educational institutions,  the scenario is not so encouraging. According to DISE data :

Nearly 55% of the education institutes don’t have access to proper sanitation facility or access to clean drinkable water. In order to promote education for all a uniform standard for infrastructure needs to be set , Wherein a country like India some school which have infrastructure of international standard this variation seems to be very disturbing because infrastructure should facilitate learning not hamper it. Atleast basic amenities should be developed in order to facilitate learning. Examples can be a black board, fan, proper sanitation, etc.

According to MHRD this data is of September, 2012

INFRASTRUCTURE
School Buildings 2,58,857
Toilets 5,30,212
Water Facility 2,13,617

 

ENROLLMENTS
Year Enrollments in Lakhs ( 6-13 years)
2006-07 1881
2007-08 1927
2008-09 1899
2009-10 1951
2010-11 1974

 

As you can see there is wide disparency between the level of infrastructure along with the number of students enrolled. So it will be safe to say that the funds deployed for education are not being channelized in the right place and henceforth not effectively utilized,

I would like to conclude by saying that education for all is a privilege that a country can have for its citizens but in order to reap the right result one should harness the power of education into a productive and enlightened mind so that education can take its rightful place in true meaning as a fundamental right of our constitution.

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  1. vasu says:

    Good points have been put up but what i really want to add is that whatever the quota is being implemented in jobs and higher education need to be implemented in primary education as well in secondary education. Also what can be done to curb down these high illiteracy rate is to give free education to people like the government gives in other countries. This will help enormously to bring illiteracy down provided that there is no corruption in implementing this thing which is unlikely to happen considering the present behaviour of our government… Its pretty sad to say this but despite having all the resources we can’t do much to curb this deficit in education…

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