Om sai ram
Education- the need for privatization
BY RAJASHRI SAI
“Democracy depends for its very life on high standard of general, vocationalAnd professional education “.said DR. S Radha KrishnanThis was said by him nearly 60 years ago, today as India enters into the horizons of thenew millennium. “India shinning” they say; education still remains a question mark for alarge part of our population.A large part of our population still continues to be illiterate, still lost in the shadows of time, even though the other part of our population, has reached the pinnacle of growth…in terms of luxury, wealth, consumerism etc.Why is it that in spite of all our efforts our average growth rate in terms of education isonly 9% if not less?Is it the diverse views between the center and the state as to who has the last say in thematter or has our beurocratic system to be blamed, or then again is it culture and society?
PRESENT EDUCATION SCENARIO
:“In law the ‘Right to Education’ is next only to the ‘Right to Life’ as under article 26(a)and article 19(g) of constitution.The term ‘education’ has been clearly defined as the process of developing and trainingthe powers and capabilities of human beings. In its broadest sense the word comprehendsnot merely the instruction received at school or college but the whole course of moral,intellectual and physical education. It is not limited to the ordinary instruction of the childin the pursuits of literature. It also comprehends a proper attention to the moral andreligious and national sentiments of a child.”Education is not merely the ability to read or write. It has more to do with the practicalityand conscious thinking in the fields of proper citizenship, health and collective livingIf the person at the end of his educational tenure is literate and the same time is able tomake his own decisions and differentiate between rights and wrong, be responsiblecitizen and in his own way contributes towards society, only then is he truly educated.The problem with education today is that it has got caught between the eternal conflict between the center and state government personnel, many of whom who don’t fit into the parameters of educated persons ironically.As per the constitution Primary, Secondary and Higher education falls within the previewof the state, and hence does not fall under the centers fund allotment system, while theState machinery is eternally complaining of the lack of adequate funds for the same.