Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The purpose of education

If we look back to our memories, no matter how old we are – one major and distinctive area of our recollection includes a time in our schools and colleges.
This is the period of education that a lot of us have gone through, however, a huge number of children do not know what going to school is and even if they go to school, they have faint idea of what education or knowledge means.
There is a dire need to strengthen government schools in India.
Teachers play a key role in the success of any intervention and they must continue to lead classrooms albeit with the aid or using the facilities provided.
In India, majority of the population live in villages, and the most viable option for accessing education for marginalized sections of society in rural areas is government schools.
Despite the central government’s focus on infrastructure development in schools, majority of government schools in rural India do not have adequate resources or facilities to provide a safe and conducive learning environment to schoolchildren.
These schools are often found without provision of drinking water for children, sanitary facilities. The number of students in these government schools is really low compared to the total number of children in the village, and numbers further decrease due to the lack of essential facilities and the unfavourable environment for quality education.
On top of these issues, though the RTE Act calls for a School Management Committee (SMC), comprised of parents of students and members of the school administration, its existence is often only on paper with members mostly unaware of their roles and responsibilities and lacking the skills for the SMC to function effectively.
A place of study has a profound and direct effect on students’ lives, and it is even more vital for to providing an atmosphere that fosters mental growth and appropriate academic orientation.
Panger Jamir, Kohima