Thursday, April 9, 2009

Criminalization of our children

The mindset. All schools want one hundred per cent result. As a result, a child is pressurized to work harder then it is good for him. Parents too are to be blamed. They have great expectations from their children. They are always after their children to fair well. These days children have no time for themselves or to play. They go to school, come back, go again to this tution classes or some other extra curricular activities. Plus there is always homework to do. No time for healthy activities like sports and other out door games.

Parents and schools forget that every child is not brilliant. Most children are of average intelligence. Very few are bright. Every child is different. Their grasp is different, their temperament is different, their power to concentrate and absorb is different. Brilliant students take pressure in their stride. Ordinary students can’t. This mindset of parents and schools instigate children to commit crimes like copying, procuring question papers, giving bribes to get marks increased and even go to the extent of kidnapping in order to get money for all these criminal activities. They are caught, punished, humiliated and thus, a criminal is born.

To sum up – today, a student of a class six or seven is more burdened and stressed than, say a grown up man like somebody working in a bank or a government office. These persons are stress free at least before going to office and after leaving it, whereas a child is under stress all day.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Commercialization of Education

What is our education coming to? Schools no more remain temples of learning. Education, for the past few years has been commercialized and schools have become business houses. In our times school fees were hardly 10-12 Rs. Now even an average school charges Rs. 2000 plus per month. Education is given for hardly six months in a year or even less, considering 60 days of summer holidays, 20 days of Christmas holidays, plus nearly 100 Saturdays, Sundays and other public & private holidays. Six months gone. They charge fees for the entire year, plus some schools charge admission fees, term fees etc. It is a known fact that schools have arrangements with uniform suppliers, book-sellers etc. Now here is the cake. On an average, schools take around twenty thousand Rupees as refundable or non-refundable deposit. Schools have two or three shifts a day. Now consider this. If a school has 2000 students, then the deposit amount comes to 20000 deposit x 2000 students = 4 crores cool. Good business, I would say. Same is true for school bus service. Here too, they make good profit. Buses ply for six months but they charge for entire year and an exorbitant charge at that. On an average, cost of educating one child even in a small class comes to clean Rupees five thousand a month. An average middle class household earns twenty-twenty five thousand a month. Twenty five per cent of the income goes in educating one child. Good show. India shining?


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Politically incorrect -Mercy

This refers to the news in Hindustan Times dt. 12-3-09 about the residents who had paid their hard earned money in booking flats at Oswal Paradise and then finding it reduced to rubble in front of their own eyes, as the construction was illegal, while the builder went scot free.

When we were small boys, we often used to hear a story about “Puri Nagari and Chopat raja” from our parents and elders. This story fits here. How is a purchaser, an ordinary lay man to know who the land belongs to. Whereas the builder ought to know. Municipal Corporation should know. How did the registrar office carry out the registration? How did the builder get water and electricity connections? And how did financial institutions grant home loans if the title was not clear? Obviously, the builder stuffed pockets of all these people.

What kind of law and what kind of administration is this? Knowing fully well that the builder and permit givers are the real culprits, innocent buyers are made to suffer for no fault of theirs. Before demolishing the structure, the builder and his accomplices should be booked first. They should be made to fully compensate buyers including registration fees, stamp duties etc. along with cost of the flat. Then only the structure should be demolished.

Instead, the builder here is free to look out for another illegal plot, bribe concerned officers, tempt other innocent buyers, pocket the money and leave the hapless buyers at the mercy of our able administration and GOD. This happens only in India. Shining India?

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