The mushrooming of educational institutions across the country makes me wonder if there are enough students to attend these institutes.
Every nook and cranny are occupied with schools, play schools, colleges, coaching centers etc. While many of them have advertisement budgets high enough to advertise on television and radio, there is often a dearth of students or a dip in the quality of education.
It has become a matter of financial success that is definitely important but should not be the primary goal of offering educational services.
There are coaching centers that fill up 500 students in one classroom and instruct using the microphone and hence personal attention goes for a toss. Schools are selling textbook sets at more than 5 times the profit and play schools are charging exorbitantly.
Schools prescribe various sets of uniform for the week for they have tie-ups with manufacturers. This is just a minuscule view of the black market of education.
I have witnessed parents paying to have their children skip the final exams and still get promoted. Is this what education really is?Fancy uniforms, classrooms with televisions, paying for a grade up, do these suffice as quality education?
Coaching classes are selling dreams of IITs and IIMs without a proper analysis of the student’s potential and students, in turn, are just following the herd. Choosing grand and expensive institutions has become an issue of ego and pay potential for parents.
does this lead to?
Unemployment despite fancy education and degrees for employability has gone down significantly due to lack of quality education. It is high time that we shift focus from business and emphasize upon adding value.
The whole point of education stands defeated in the current scenario where it is simply a matter of money. A strong focus on individual students to identify their potential shall go a long way in ensuring the worth of the price being paid.