Corruption in Education - School Management & Chor-Bhakt Parents Tango

Sudhir Panda • 8 January 2015
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India’s education system is mired in corruption and a high rate of teacher absenteeism in the country is a key factor for it according to many studies, and moreover gaining knowledge is last priority for students, parents, teachers and administrators. 25% teacher absenteeism in India is among the highest in the world, second only after Uganda that has a higher rate. The global average of teacher absenteeism is about 20%.

It is just becoming a deliberately manufactured earning system for profit of private companies doing business of entrance tests and other jugaad - cronies in education institutes earn thousands of crores, degree certificates are always on rent or sale like any other commodity for snatching lucrative jobs, private or public. Teacher absenteeism does not just affect quality of education; it is also a huge drain on resources resulting in the wastage of education funds of Indian citizens. Politics in teacher appointments and transfers is a major reason for teacher absenteeism.

The study identifies the absence of well established criteria for teacher recruitment a uniform policy on promotion, remuneration and deployment as some of the main reasons identified for teacher absenteeism. In Bihar, two of every five teachers were reported (just the tip!) absent the figure in UP was reported to be one-third of the total teachers, most other states are not great either. Though in some states like Kerala and West Bengal the figure was reported lower.

Teachers also believe highly in lucrative private tutoring practice. It does not complement any learning at all and leads to corruption and injection of a culture of graft into childhood and future of the nation itself! The practice of ghost teachers and involvement of teachers in mismanagement of schools were other gray areas identified in the Indian education system. For example, out of 5000+ schools in Delhi, most charge more than IITs for nursery admissions while enjoying public funded properties and donations.

Another indictment of the sorry state of Indian education was the view held by students that cheating in examinations is their traditional right. In India universities cheating is now well-established. The fees for manipulating entrance tests ranges between 3000 to few million rupees for popular programmes such as computer science, medicine and engineering.

Most of us got where we are solely not by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, a crony or a few well-wishers bent down and helped us pick up our boots. We are very clever & prompt in finding shortcuts to quick bucks, gratifications and mockery of laws, regulations etc. We were independent in terms of the technological Know How & Know Why only in areas like Nuclear Science, Space Science & other few that too because of the great Indian scientific minds who stayed back in India to work for development of the scientific progress instead of running behind money.

How many Nobel Laureates after Sir C. V. Raman we have in India (not talking about those migrated to some other countries & won the Nobel Prizes)... unfortunately no other than him because our education system respects the muggers, filled with politics and most of the educational institutions are managed by modern sounding right-wing politicians & industrial cronies with intentions of making quick & sure money. So instead of putting some well intention & well directed efforts to correct basic problems we feel happy to mock and sideline real reformers.

We import defense equipment, engine & other automotive technologies, bullet trains, crude oil, fighter jets, rockets, nuke reactors, technology and a lot many from USA, Israel, France, Japan, Germany, Korea, etc? On Make In India, do we think that just by manufacturing in India will help us to learn & understand 'KNOW WHY' also in addition to 'KNOW HOW'? This drive may create large number of job opportunities but it surely cannot help us to learn & understand 'KNOW WHY' behind these products & technologies unless we start putting sincere and parallel hard efforts to "REALLY" embed knowledge, not some brand troll or celebrity ideas craze!

Bribe giving parents are even more corrupt who are brainwashed to not think what is so special about hyped and branded education shops that has administration and profiteers openly promoting values that would severely harm future social fabric of whole communities and mutate our liberal culture of acquiring knowledge altogether. A school that accepts donations is a worse place for human minds to attain its fullest potential through value based real learning. Schools are over-rated by stupid parents (lured by smart Public Relation acrobatics) thinking of getting into one school vs another as a big deal. Next time someone asks for a bribe or donation simply send your kid to another school or invite more turbulent immoral times for the very next generations you are ready to compromise, chanting chalta hai!

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Sudhir Panda

#TeachersDay is mostly forgotten and #DigitalIndia's new #JugaadFact is privatising schools and universities equals reforms transforming into a half-baked #education system. Be wiser and better remain a #student forever.

Direct and Open Reply to a Private School Management: Its not correct to treat every parent's wealth & sources of income with same set of assumptions.. every child have right to education and belong to future societies, we do not treat them as investments for personal profits. They are every nation's asset and its most valuable moral flag-bearers.

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