Privatization of Schools

Privatization of Schools

Recently, there is a rapidly developing notion that private schools are superior to government schools. . But, is this perception true? Is complete privatization of the education sector the only solution to schooling in India?

The mismanagement and lethargy of most public schools, which account for 80 percent of the Indiaโ€™s education system today, calls for privatization of schools. In an overpopulated country like India, the government cannot provide enough number of schools and hence allowing the private sector to step in is an inevitable step. In public schools, teachers are less liable to impart quality education due to the job security provided by the government. However, a strict code is followed by the school administration and management in private schools thereby, effectively controlling the teaching staff. In recent times, it has been seen that the standard of education that students get from private schools is invariably much higher than in comparison to governmental schools, barring a few exceptions. Most private schools have better infrastructural and technological facilities.  Apart from providing conventional education, private institutions also focus on developing a childโ€™s vocational skills providing them with a plethora of extra-curricular and sports opportunities.

While on one side we see why privatization of schools is essential for our country, it is also important to see the other side and understand why it is not.The annual fee charged by private schools is so high that even middle class families find it very difficult to afford it let alone the poor families. Hence affordable education at government schools gives some of the economically weaker sections of the society a chance to gain education and do well in life. There is no reason for these private schools to quote such an exorbitant price for education because most government schools have equally good standards.Though they do not have any extravagant facilities like ACโ€™s and stylish canteens, it is not a negative point but a boon for them as students are not exposed to such luxuries at any early age. Government schools have the best faculty as most teachers prefer to join a government institution because of the excellent pay, job security and pension. This is the reason why government schools students do so well in competitive examinations like IIT-JEE.

Thus while privatization has benefited the quality of schools, public schools have their own important role to play and steps must be taken to improve the quality of the existing government schools.

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  • Srishti Kumar
    August 20, 2015 8:32 pm

    I believe that its the infrastructure where government school really lags behind. Its important for the government to start working on these factors and like you said the teachers need to be held responsible for the education they impart. Private schools cannot be afforded by many people of our country so its important to improve the quality of government schools rather than resorting to privatisation. Well written article ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Saumya Malhotra
    August 20, 2015 9:11 pm

    Truly stated. Both of them have their utility specific to the people and needs being targeted.

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  • Abhishek Khapre
    August 20, 2015 9:23 pm

    nice point raised Harshita ๐Ÿ™‚

    and the irony is, A person who’s working in Govt. sector doesn’t preffers Govt. schools for his/her kid !!

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  • Vineet Agarwal
    August 20, 2015 9:30 pm

    Private schools charge exorbitantly high rates,so its not feasible and rational for people who actually live on the breadline, very well written

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  • Ojasvi Goswami
    August 20, 2015 9:31 pm

    Privatization is affecting the children who belong to lower income group. They are not able to get into private schools.

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  • Anshu Agarwal
    August 20, 2015 9:33 pm

    Although nothing can be generalised, your argument is correct. Stressing on the improvement of government schools is rather important. Well written.

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  • Archana Singh
    August 20, 2015 9:39 pm

    nice … i too beleive that its infrastructre but job security is also one the factor that contibutes towards poor quality of education they impart .i beleive that till 12th its private school that rock and for grad. and pg its govt. institutes .

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  • Nishtha Ruhil
    August 20, 2015 10:10 pm

    well articulated

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  • Akanksha Babbar
    August 20, 2015 10:29 pm

    Nice

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  • You’ve picked up such an interesting topic which could lead to a very useful debate, and you’ve put forward your points well

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  • Aishwarya Kakkar
    August 20, 2015 11:50 pm

    I believe the quality of teaching of infrastructure of government schools can be made better

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  • very well written…keep it up.

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  • Harshita Kain
    August 21, 2015 12:48 am

    Thanks!

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  • True that.. very well presented.

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  • Nice article!!!

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  • Nishant Yadav
    August 21, 2015 11:46 am

    nice one

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  • Anirudh Krishnadas
    August 21, 2015 11:52 am

    unique Topic ๐Ÿ˜€
    And explained Very well ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Tarandeep Kaur
    August 21, 2015 6:20 pm

    Apt pointsโ˜บ

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  • Aayushi Prasad
    August 21, 2015 7:41 pm

    Nice.

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  • Dipesh Srestha
    August 21, 2015 7:57 pm

    very nice work!!

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  • Vasundhra Maheshwari
    August 21, 2015 8:25 pm

    I agree.Private schools can’t be afforded by all.We have to improve our public school systems so that the dream of a literate India comes true.Delhi university has been maintained well by the govt.It should do the same with schools also.

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  • Aradhana Badhwar
    August 21, 2015 8:56 pm

    Great stuff!

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  • Shubhangi Sethi
    August 21, 2015 10:06 pm

    well written ๐Ÿ™‚
    election of topic is quite good ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Shubhangi Sethi
    August 21, 2015 10:08 pm

    well written ๐Ÿ™‚
    selection of topic is quite good ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • well written!

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  • Shubhangi Bhatia
    August 21, 2015 10:25 pm

    Private schools are definitely everyone’s first choice. But as you have mentioned, keeping the economic background in mind, truly not everyone can afford such schools. I feel the best would be if everyone understand their responsibilities and work hard for a better tomorrow. Then government schools shall soon be in par with the private schools.

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  • Harshita Kain
    August 22, 2015 12:40 am

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Well chosen topic! Our country needs to improve the quality of public schools in terms of education and infrastructure! Well articulated!

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  • Akansha Saini
    August 22, 2015 10:23 pm

    This reminds me of this person (I won’t take the name) who said “I teach at a govt. school and I am really happy with it”. I asked “why? Are your students so obedient that they listen to every word you say?”. And this person said “no, they don’t listen to me which makes the task even easier for me. Nobody care. I just go to school, talk some gibberish, some listen some don’t and I’m back home”. And I was like WHAT!?!
    Anyway, well written article!

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