Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Chasm Between Profession And Practice

Ministers gloriously and pompously declare that the government schools will be so improved that they would be better than corporate schools. The facilities and the quality  in teaching would be so improved that nobody would think of sending their children to costly private corporate schools. By these statements they are conceding that the government schools have been inferior to the corporate schools. In spite of claiming and asserting that the government schools would be better than corporate  schools , they don’t send their own  children to government schools or colleges; they send them to  very costly private schools  in India and sometimes  abroad too.

Ministers declare that government hospitals would be so improved and are working so well that they would be  better than corporate hospitals. There by they are conceding that government hospitals have been inferior to  private corporate hospitals.The government  hospitals  are equipped / will be equipped with the latest  medical machines and facilities . Yet, we see the Chief Minister and the Ministers patronizing and getting treated only in the corporate private  hospitals at enormous cost reimbursed by the government. We see their pictures entering into and exiting from corporate  hospitals with news and photographs published  in   newspapers and displayed over  TV channels.

Is this not cheating by the ministers and  government officers who also patronize corporate schools as well as corporate  hospitals while at the same time and all the time singing sympathy and assistance to the poor, social justice and equality  .

In order to prove the sincerity in  their  profession the following should be required to be followed by them.

Improvement in government schools :

  • Government teachers appointed by the government should admit their children only in government schools especially in the schools where they are posted to. They must also live only in  the village /town  where the  school in which they work. For this purpose  every Panchayat & Municipality should be required to build residential accommodation, may be as a  hotel for these teachers /doctors family . It should not be an ownership basis but allotted for the period for which the teachers / doctors work in that Panchayat / village or Municipal town.
  • Those who send their children  teachers or government  servants to  private schools shall  not be entitled to certain allowances.Condition of service in government  that all government servants should  send their children  only to government  schools and  any medical reimbursement  or educational assistance shall not be admissible if the treatment is taken in private  hospitals unless exception is granted case by case by the competent medical authority of the government  that the treatment is not possible in the government hospital and therefore the person may  be allowed to be treated in an authorized corporate hospital. 
  • Teachers should not be allowed to form Trade Unions like Democratic Teachers Association,  Progressive Teachers Association, National Teachers Association  ….there can be only subject -wise societies like   a history society,  a  science society,  a literary society etc.  Similarly the students should not be drawn into politically  motivated  unions  like  Progressive Democratic Students Union,  Revolutionary   Students  Union , All India Students  Federation, Students  Federation of India, SIMI etc. The purpose of education upto SSLC level and arguably at higher level even  should  be for character building.  The teachers should act like   sculptors to sculpt the character and personality of the young.  Beyond the SSLC stage students can be expected to  think   and learn on their own and also  inquire into various  social  problems and institutions.  Upto the SSLC level the teachers should be Gurus who instil an inquiring spirit and moral and ethical  values   for human beings irrespective of the   religious  faiths and creeds and ideologies.
Dr T.H. Chowdary
Dr T.H. Chowdary
Padma Sri Awardee 2017, Director: Center for Telecom Management & Studies, Chairman: Pragna Bharati, Andhra Pradesh, Fellow: Tata Consultancy Services, Former Information Technology, Advisor: Government of Andhra Pradesh, Chairman & Managing Director: Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Phone: +91(40)27843121 (Res) M: 9849067359, e-mail: [email protected] [email protected]


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