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?

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