Fortunately, most of the countries seem to realize this after a much-awaited struggle for the ‘right to education after those oppressive eras where education was considered to be of some lucky one’s realm.
The struggle paid off and here we are today when India along with 130 countries around the world have joined the chain for a better world by legalizing the ‘right to education act ‘.
Every child has the right to a free and Compulsory education which seems to be a beacon of light and hope for India lagging behind in the over-competitive world.
But the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so let’s peep into the bitter reality we are living in where capitalism has extended its wings around the pre pristine realm of education.
India accounts for a global total of 37% illiterate adults and even after the propaganda for education around the globe, it still seems to be a distant dream for the majority where educational institutions are more of some business institutions.
While living in the world of fake promises and propaganda around money-grubbing politics, it is the data and stats that remove the veil of ignorance.
The Report of the NSSO’s 75th Round survey of “Household Social Consumption of Education in India” conducted from July 2017 to June 2018 provides some very disturbing results, For rural casual labor households, average expenses per student increased from ₹335 per month per student for secondary school to ₹575 for higher secondary, to more than ₹12,220 for diplomas certificate and graduate courses.
With many of the people poverty-stricken, longing for making a living, they find it impossible to send their children to schools rather preferring to make them a source for adding to the family income.
Moving ahead from the worst-case scenario, even if they manage to allow schooling for them, the expense at the higher and secondary schools compels them to back off from the so-called fortunato’s domain and settle for some lowly work that saturates their creativity.
While those enthusiastically going to government schools yearning for knowledge, fail to adapt to the materialistic environment when they have to compete with those coming from the private institutions, more of a palace-like institution where every opportunity for growth is served right at the tablespoon.
The cream of the society entering the bidding for best of the schools for their children while considering government schools a nightmare is itself the paradigm prevailing which is the exact allegory of injustice to the have nots.
Are we not living in a crisis behind a well-planned façade? This exploitation and injustice have to end where the inevitable inequality in the society hinders the chance for equity too.
This dark capitalism that commercializes the educational institutions which are considered as temples of learning in our land has devastated the ethos of our culture and killed the creativity in humans that amounts to the stagnation of human development leading to backwardness, beguiling us in this vicious cycle.
This is in stark contrast to the ideals or principles of any freedom fighter longing for freedom on any land and therefore is a curse to humanity itself.