The 20th century laid down the basic framework towards the growth of the modern individual. Nutrition, healthcare and most importantly education require the most attention. India is one of the youngest countries and has a rapidly growing population. This population needs to be equipped with the knowledge required to propel and power this country towards becoming a truly global power.
Sadly, inequalities in the field of education arise out of certain issues such as a refusal to educate young girls, reservations and “management quota" crippling the system and, corrupting the foundation of education.
However if you look at past circumstances (such as in the age of the Vedas), education in India was a privileged offering, reserved for boys belonging to the Brahmin caste. Inequalities have gradually declined since then however they are not fully gone. The right to education is still a battle in parts of Rajasthan and Haryana. Education inequality also arises from the standard and quality of knowledge and study provided by various institutes. Although we have the Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management, which have worldwide reputations, we are not able to provide the same from the other institutions, thereby creating a gap in the intellectual data passed and acquired.
Reservations are another reason why inequality of education arises; meritorious students have to face tougher competition. These permutation and combination of quota assigned are politically motivated and have no effect on the real imparting of education. Management ,or paid seats as they are referred to, contribute to the inequality of education. Students can buy their way into an institute by securing a seat or obtain admission by means of monetary power. This on the other hand reduces the chances for the deserving individuals to obtain a deserved education. Schools are the preliminary foundation towards the future of the individual. In place of providing better access to the cadre of the demography who cannot afford top notch institutes, buffet varieties of institutes are being introduced for the evolving tastes of modern learners. International Baccalaureate schools are now booming all over India. Less attention is being paid to the class who can barely afford education and it can be said that there is some red tape when it comes to founding the educational schemes introduced by the government. Provisions of electronic teaching aids have been made but there is no significant impact on the change in level of literacy in our country.
Though we clearly do face problem with our education system and the inequalities it carries, significant progress can been seen as well. We are one of the youngest nations to have achieved a literacy rate gap-closing to 70 percent and studies say we should be able to achieve over 85 percent literacy by 2020. We too share a certain responsibility in this goal.
Certain organisations are leading campaigns where they are providing education to all. Teach for India, Reliance and various others have joined this as a part of their corporate social responsibility initiative. We also need to know that for the most common problems in our country, education is the answer to all. It has the potential and will provide equality amongst everyone and propel us forward. Education is a right and this right should be fiercely guarded. There is a lot to be done and we all can play a much greater role in educating the youth of tomorrow.
This article has been written by Ms. Manpreet Chabba. She holds a degree of Bachelor in Hotel Management from Welcome Group School of Hotel Administration, Manipal and is currently employed with Taj Group of Hotels. She can be contacted at email@example.com