Education in India has been subjected to severe criticism mostly due to the inadequacies of certain people and their working and the recent example has come into light where an NGO named social jurists filed a petition against a few schools which unnecessarily hiked school fees without considering the rightful act of giving the teaching staff its deserving part of salary.
Upon receiving this petition, Delhi High Court set up a committee back in 2011 to go through the financial records of several private schools to check whether they had duly complied with the government’s order regarding legitimate fee hike in 2009. The committee randomly selected 700-odd schools’ financial records and was taken aback to see that almost 41 schools had hiked unfair amount of school fee and have been asked to refund the same amount along with the minimum interest of 9 percent to the parents.
A few schools are required to go through certain orders coming directly from the Director of Education. While the others are asked to refund the money along with interest.
After this incident, the Delhi High Court is expected to implement stringent rules to ensure that these non-profit organizations do not undue advantage from the society in terms of anything that has to do with education.
Education in India is suffering from various loopholes and everyone is familiar with the fact that how government funded schools suffer from various loopholes and the startling revelation of how private schools are no less in exploiting the students and parents alike testifies to the fact that the system needs certain strict impositions as soon as possible.
Out of 1172 schools, 41 have come out with this allegation and this might open some more records of various other schools as well. This way, those who have been doing some unjust business might also get a good lesson from this recent news.
Education has a history behind it. It is as old as civilization of humans yet, it holds in itself a capacity to consistently evolve into better and finer means. The history of education dates back to vedic period, where education was limited to Vedas and Upanishads. Brahmins were taught scriptures and religion. Kshatriyas learnt about warfare. The vaishyas were given teachings about commerce and other vocational activities. And the least of all, Shudras, supposedly, were denied any access to education. Infusion of Islamic education during Mughal era reshaped the process of imparting knowledge where the disciples were exposed to a diverse medium of education. Ashrams and Gurukuls were prominent sources of early education in India. And with the inclusion of various other institutions of teachings, including Islamic, Buddhist and even European ones, the form of education went through radical changes.
The crux of education in history has always been religion. With the advent of colonialism in our country, the education system went through a major transformation. With the setting up of Missionary schools across India, during colonial period, Vedas and Upanishads suddenly started to seem too vague to be implemented into real life.
Major universities were set up during the colonial era by the British in India, which catered to various studies involving administration, engineering as well as science. Education system of India owes a certain tributary to the British in this aspect, for inculcating such system of education in India, which undeniably, has been the most successful so far.
Currently, the education system of our country is provided by Public sector and Private Sector, where central and state boards provide the 10+2+3 pattern of education. With the recent inclusion of CCE in CBSE boards, the governing body in education system is thinking more than ever to take the pressure off from a child. The redundant chalk and talk method should be replaced by creativity infused knowledge which helps a student implement his knowledge into real life. Since the Vedic period, history of education has undergone various changes. And today, in India, it surely has reached to a point where creativity and knowledge can go simultaneously together only if education is effectively put into use.