If expensive private education is in demand (The Wide Gulf of Dissimilitude, Apr 30), it’s because the government has not done its job in providing good education in government schools.
Shubhang P., Ahmedabad
The government must soon go for a voucher system whereby ones issued to poor families can be redeemed by enrolling children at any private school of their choice.
Narendra M. Apte, Pune
It’s not surprising that ews reservation is not being welcomed with open arms. It has always been part of human nature to resist change even when it is for the good.
Pinaki Sengupta, Delhi
Some 50 years ago, the number of private schools was small and they had very little credibility as the aided schools were perhaps much better managed and unaffected by the present mess of over-crowding and fall in teaching standards. Situation today is different. The recognized (and even unrecognized) schools, which I suppose are run as business enterprises, attract students, despite inadequate infrastructure and facilities. The point is: if in the current scenario private schools attract students as they are perceived as better schools, they need to be better regulated and encouraged to improve their standards. Instead of requiring the schools which are run for children from well-to-do families to share the burden of the poor students, as per the RTE Act, why not ask the lower end private schools, run as business enterprises, to do that job? The government can introduce a system of vouchers, issue them to all poor families and allow the parents to choose any school from an approved list to use the vouchers.
The apex court verdict is undoubtedly a revolutionary one which has brought a rare ray of hope to the poor children who have hitherto been deprived of education due to poverty. However, the judgment of the SC apart, it would be the honest and sincere duty of the state to ensure that the court’s directions are implemented in letter and spirit since we already have the instances wherein the private hospitals, by and large, have been denying the treatment to the poor despite the court’s orders. Moreover, let’s only hope now that no political voices are raised demanding further reservations to various classes out of twenty five percent seats set aside for the poor.
As usual, only girl kids in the pictures / story.
Just like college education now rich kids will go to countires abroad may be not USA but europe and singapore
Our maid's four year old son, who studies in the school in Colaba that was honoured by a visit by President Obama and his wife, has just brought home his report card. A score of 96%. Keep everything unequal in life, for that is the way of the world, but give every child a good education and an equal shot to come up in life.
The expensive private education is in demand because the governments have mismanaged this vital service. Instead of privatizing this, the govt is just passing the buck. More of corruption, inspector raj, and eventually govt would increase the free seats to 99%, because all the money spent on state education is down the drain, hust like National Rural health Mission. The govt should on the other hand assist directly the private schools based upon their performance and number of EWS students they voluntarily take in. When the govt says it would reimburse the cost it incurs, should it not ask itself a question: the cost incurred for providing third rate education should be paid for the private schools' first rate education?
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