Post Mortem

Government and private schools- The fact

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/3/2019 11:32:07 AM IST

 This write-up is not intended for debate nor a reverberated disillusion of the fact about Government and private schools. It will be paradoxical to compare Government and private schools in terms of better education in the State. Though separate entities with different approach, both deals in human resource management. While appreciating and encouraging the private sectors for their dedicated service to uplift the society through good educational institutions in the State, it is imperative to state that, the main objective of the private entrepreneurs is to earn profit. Therefore, any business firm will put their best effort to obtain better result with more innovative ideas to achieve their targeted goal. With better education comes better income and with better income, more facilities for better result. In such a competitive atmosphere even among the private institutions, mostly above average students get admission in many reputed schools. There is neither magic nor ambiguity but an expected performance by the students to outshine not only students from Government schools but also newly established private schools.

Those were the years, from 50s to 80s, the system was clean and community participation was at its peak. Teachers were also dedicated, respected, given full authority to execute their duty with confidence. Therefore, Government Schools performance was excellent in terms of output and result. There is no denying of the fact that, in spite of maximum resources spent by the State Government in the School Education Department in recent years, performance of Government schools are very poor, in terms of quality education and result. Teachers’ negligence in their duty is also an important factor but there are many vexed issues that are compromising the Department to give real education to the students.
Real education cannot be imparted when field officers and school administrators are handicapped. These days, powers and resources are centralised therefore, execution becomes a hindrance inviting poor discipline which is the base of good education. Without considering the feasibility of the population, many schools were upgraded therefore, in some schools teachers are more than students which creates negative impact on dedication and efficiency of the teachers .As paid Government servants getting handsome salaries, every teacher is expected to teach minimum four to five periods in a day but in some schools teachers get one or two periods or no period at all due to over staff which is an important factor effecting dedication. The reason is that, those teachers comes as a visiting professor and leave the school or keep proxy without giving a thought to improve the child learning. The Department is already in excess of teachers, it has become a department for solving unemployment problem rather than an institution for moulding the career of the young generation. It may sound absurd but maximum political dilution in the Department has paralysed the system. Moreover, education policies and planning are done by people who do not know the actual problems faced in the grass root level. A murky think-tank concept will only produce a negative trickle-down effect rather than give real education to the society.
Education is an inclusive subject and everyone is responsible to give quality education to our future generation. If we are to blame only the teachers, it will be like blaming the babysitter for ‘polio child’. A radical change with holistic approach giving more priority to strong administration and proper planning is the need of the hour to rebuild the poor image of the Government schools.
K. Ruby Humtsoe

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