A school is a place where a child is nurtured both psychologically and socially. School plays an important role in the child overall development. As the elementary education starts at the school, teacher plays a prominent role. Thus, the average middle class parents have several things in mind before selecting a school for their child. They just cannot decide whether to let the kid study in the public school or earn extra and cut off on expenses to let him join private schools.
A security guard, with a salary of INR 3000 has his two kids studying in a private school where the monthly fee is INR 500 per month. Apart from this, there are other expenses at the time of admissions as well as other expenses in the name of functions and educational excursions. Moreover, they have to purchase the books and other stationary from the school stationary shop as the books and guides are not available elsewhere. Then there are monetary penalties for disciplines and rules if broken. Then why does the guard spend so much on the private school when he knows that they are more into moneymaking.
When asked about this, he says that he has seen the children studying in the government run schools. He further laments, “There are no teachers at all, and if they are on rolls, they run their own coaching centers. What’s more? Your kid has to join the coaching otherwise he will not get good grades. He says that the cost comes around the same.
In rural areas, at least the teachers are more sincere.” Even if the teacher is absent, the students themselves take up the task of helping each other. The teacher-student ratio is very disturbing, and so are the facilities at such schools. The buildings given to the schools are so old that they can come down anytime. The books, seating, and the fans etc electrical supplies are so worse that the classes are held in open.
In the cities, the situation is tougher as the area inspectors are also busy with private schools as they get a good treatment along with gifts. Of course, their kids get discounted rates in such schools. In short, most of the schools have forgotten that they need to impart education to the children, the future of the country. Instead, they are more into making money.