Let the Schools Remain Elite

Posted: July 19, 2010 in News, Society, Views
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Right to Education (RTE) says all children in age group of 6-14 years have the right to study i.e. to be enrolled in school. A child doesn’t have to possess any special talent to avail this right. So, in general cases no screening process has to be adopted to enrol a child as any such criterion for selection will render RTE irrelevant. Then what made our HRD Minister, Mr. Sibal to ask “How’ll schools like Doon, Mayo, Modern and others give random admission to children?”

Are these starred schools different from other schools? They certainly are as they are those select few, which are often mentioned in their field. But what makes them different apart from their popularity and elitism? Is it about their Infrastructure, Management and Staff or is there any innovation involved in imparting education? If this be the case, isn’t every kid has the right to avail these facilities irrespective of which strata his/her family falls in? Or is it more about who they choose to admit in their schools that sustains their brand value? A child’s capability can’t be a criterion because of the nature of the right. That implies it’s his/her parentage or family lineage that is considered. The reason sited is that if kids are randomly picked, it may adversely affect environ of the school thereby bringing undesirable effect on the selected few. And elite schools won’t remain elite anymore.

These schools are private establishments which can certainly choose their way. But education of children is a responsibility that is above shallow considerations or otherwise it becomes just another business that exists to generate profit by providing certain service. In this case service is education in elite surroundings. Has anyone given it a thought that intermixing of kids from different strata of society gives them wide perspective of life and people around. If we don’t consider education as just another profit-making proposition, good school thus is one, which has the means to educate a child in every sphere and can work towards an inclusive society. Else after inculcating discrimination in child in his/her formative years, we must not wonder why they become so when they grow up.

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