For a person to grow into a responsible human being, education plays the most important part in that. Schools enable a student to learn new things and stretch beyond horizons. But that is not what the Indian government thinks about school education. School education is the stepping stone to become something bigger and it is the right of every child between the ages of 6 and 14. But mentioning it as the fundamental right you sure have to work for it so that it can portray the true meaning behind it.
The population of India is 1.33 billion approximately out of which there are 37.4 million students. India has three times more schools than china but all of these institutions are not far from being a mess. But you cannot blame the students for it. It is only the government that should be held accountable for breaking the Indian school education completely into pieces. These remarks are not pointless. The facts and figures tell every detail that the finance minister of India along with the government has made to the school education.
Schools are where a child spends one-third of his life. For about sixteen years of school education, the facility that the government makes for 37.4 million students is releasing a budget with only 54,000 crores for school education, if you do the math for the amount that each student gets you might shockingly realize that the amount that the government spends per student is below 2000 INR And if you would try to dive in a little deeper you would realize that this is what makes the government education awful.
It was not long enough that the parents lost complete faith in government education and started opting for private institutions instead. One of the main reasons why private institutions are preferred is the teachers are highly skilled. On the other hand, the government schools fail to provide teachers that are highly skilled because that would mean spending more the education which the Indian government is in no mood for. The teachers in the government schools are being swapped for freelancers who are hired at a fair amount for a particular period. After he has served it a new set of freelancing teachers are hired. He comes with new methods of teaching which makes it nearly impossible for the students to adjust with the same. We only wonder why other countries like the USA or Russia are much more advanced in school education. The big reason for this is that they do not gamble with a student’s education. They religiously spend the budget on the education sector. For instance, the US spends about $11,132 per student every year for primary education competing with other countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Luxembourg that spend a little over $12,000 for high school. The eye-opening comparison is that the US spends more than $600 billion on school education and the Indian government generously spends only $7.95 billion where the population for school students is twice as large. These countries take care of school education as a complete package. They do not leave being the school lunch meals which the Indian government seems to forget now and then. Why do these countries spend so much on it? After all, it is just education? The answer to this because it is not just education, The governments of these countries understand the fact that the students are no bargaining chip and these will be shaping the future of the country. But does the finance minister has the same views while he was signing the budget for school education as 54,000 crores? Not even a dime’s worth of acknowledgment
We do not even need to go out of the country. Let us just pick up the example of a private edtech company that has changed the face and shape of school education. A low budget and not so advanced startup that focuses n the edtech school education has a valuation of 77,386 crore INR. This is one start-up that has made a huge impact and we are talking about the government of India ladies and gentlemen. If it isn’t a flop show then what else is it?
If we pick up companies that have made it the sole purpose of giving importance to the school education, you would see that some of them are already in the game and making a big mark. BYJU’s, Vedantu, unacademy, udemy. All of these have huge investments for the school educating students. The students opt-in for these edtech platforms because they get knowledge which should be the work of the Indian government. The teachers here are fixed and do not focus on any private tuitions which the teachers provided by the government do. It is quite an astonishing factor that more than 31% of the school teachers deployed by the government do not even possess a qualified professional degree. This answers the question of why does the finance minister think that 54,000 crore INR is more than enough for the school education. BYJU’s have invested about $1.2 billion which focuses exclusively on students from classes IV-XII which is much larger than the whole government.
In other words, the Indian government takes school education as some sort of a business game, which should not be the case. No quality education is the main factor that leads students to the doors of other countries for the need for good education. This should what the education minister as well as the finance minister should take care of. It would only happen when they think about the country except for themselves.