Is Education Merely a Business?

Today the world is of skyscrapers and magnificent buildings. It is taken as a pride to be a part of such estate. However the sad part is that, schools which we consider temples of education are now confined to the idea of being ‘Beautiful Buildings with a sprawling campus’. It has become a general notion that schools with gorgeous campus and tall buildings are the best and those that are not privileged with a multi-storied building are generally average or below that. However we seldom delve into the quality of the infrastructure that a school provides before jumping to any conclusion regarding that school. The question is that why such a mindset has evolved?

Traditionally it has been human nature to take pride in the association with the rich and wealthy. We consider ourselves superior and lucky when we find access to such persons of power and influence. This parochial mentality is slowly but distinctively seeping into our education sector. In fact such posh and luxurious estate that the school buildings are comprised of naturally gives a feeling of prosperity. The parents usually feel proud that his or her ward is having friends who are rich and well off but in utter denial of their own status quo which brings about miserable ramifications in the end.

This state of mind of the parents has become a rich harvest for the school authorities who find it easy to allure students by just offering them a glittering campus. However the quality of education is getting some serious beatings at the hands of such school authorities. Today it’s painful to say that education has merely been restricted to a ‘business entity’. The proprietors find it all so easy to make huge amount of wealth by virtually fooling the people who are already under some age old delusion.

These schools which are mostly owned by private individuals advertently take the quality of teaching staffs for granted. A simple survey of these schools will reveal that most of the teachers are either unskilled or semi-skilled which is hardly commensurate with the money that these schools charge from the students. In fact many of the teachers don’t have any serious devotion to their duties as they take teaching as a pastime and prepare for some other exams under the nose of the authorities. There is another aspect to this story which is equally revealing and appalling which is that the authorities are hell-bent on making as much profit as possible which at times undermines the salary of the teachers. It’s a fact that not all teachers are equally unqualified and uninterested to their profession but the irony is that the authorities tar them with the same brush as the others. This blatant injustice meted out to the quality teachers deters their enthusiasm who start falling in line with others and thus the quality get degraded further.

However to keep up appearances the school authorities bring in celebrities and erudite persons to their schools just as an eyewash. They boast of having associations with such personalities so that it acts as a bait to lure students for taking admission to their schools. They take help of different broadcasting media and advertisement platforms to showcase and further their false propaganda. Some of them even start sponsoring several high profile functions to get popular with the masses.

Another deplorable aspect of these schools is that the teachers are cautioned by the school authorities not to give poor marks to the students even if the students may not deserve them. They fear that if the students are awarded poor marks then the parents who are already paying such exorbitant price would blame the school for their children’s failure and may take them to a different school which would cause immediate loss to their exchequer. So if this is not business then what is? This business oriented approach of the authorities gives easy leeway to the teachers to further deteriorate their quality which was already low.

Therefore a time has come when a mechanism is put in place to hold these schools accountable for their duties. Today the quality of the students is suffering like never before. These innocent students go to schools with a view to upgrade their mental faculty and stand out to be successful in life. But they fall prey to the sinister designs of the private schools which eventually prove snake in the grass and instead of building a solid foundation to their knowledge, degrade it beyond redemption.