The headlines today are huddeled with Reservation being introduced into the IIMs and IITs (the premier institutes for giving higher education and management) for Backward and Other Backward Classes (BC and OBC) excluding their creamy layer. There has been mostly anti-reservation campaigns and little pro-reservation campaigns too.But the state has the stick in its hands , it can do what it wants.
Rather than going into same debate whether reservations should be or should not be. I want to know :
Will reservations help in socio-economic upliftment of targeted masses?
Reservation is a just a shock therapy to prevent the damage done by our grass root Public education system. There is no sight of any improvement in Public education system.
I won’t go into statistical details, But what i have experienced
I am product of an Village Government School in State of Punjab(One of the affluent states of India). The school where i studied was called the best school in the locality, But the study culture there was like, we were made to learn from the help books rather than reading texts. English was started in 6th grade by Social Sciences teacher because there was no English teacher and After 8th grade there was no arrangement for English language teaching. There were no extra-curricular activities, no games. It was the time when the school was called in its prime time.
After that the school has gone to worst conditions , the only way the kids clear is by Mass cheating in the exams. The alternative to the government schools are private schools which employ teachers on salaries of 1000 to 1500 and who are product of those government schools. They are called English medium schools , but there is hardly any healthy learning environment.
The economically weaker parents put there kids into Government schools and economically stronger put them into those private schools out come from both schools are almost the same. This is the story of nearly 70% of Punjab and one can imagine the status of other states.
Those to who study in good city schools , are taught good English, are given good environment, are made to take part extra curricular activities. They face the pressure of doing good in the exams in terms of scores . The focus is on getting scores by hook or crook rather than learning. there is no healthy competition ,There is lethal competition. We don’t study what we love. We study what we are made to study. I want to know :
Are there any measures taken to improve the quality of education?
Revolutionary changes needs to be done in Education system, But i don’t think there is any step being taken in this direction because this will have long term benefits.
Improvement in Education system would not fetch votes, But Reservations will fetch them quick votes .
We are amused by the way India is progressing , we are amused the way Dhoni’s are fetching crores. We are amused be the way India’s riches has made into the Forbes list.
We don’t care how the other half lives, and Then we are worried about the biggest Internal threat to security are Naxalites. We are amused why they are so evil, we are amused why they can’t be like us.