There’s a saying in Hindi,
“Vidya baantne se badhti hai,” which translates to, “education (is a wealth that) increases when shared.” It is the best wealth among all the wealths one can have.
Education is power, it is wisdom. It generates confidence and inculcates morals. Education is the key to revealing the undiscovered facts of the world, to identify yourself and to put yourself into the world.
Education has always been a part of the Indian culture. In ancient times, pupils went away from their homes and took education in gurukul. They stayed there, served the guru and learnt the sacred texts and way of life. India had universities like Nalanda, Takshshila. We had great teachers like Aryabhatta and Panini, among several others, who always considered sharing one’s own education selflessly with others as the highest ideal. As a result, we have always considered the guru to be the most revered in our culture.
Sadly, times have changed. The system of education has changed too. Gurukuls have now been replaced by big private schools that run profitable businesses in the name of sharing knowledge which is, frankly, detestable. It is anyone’s guess how much the hierarchies are concerned about education but, of course, their money is getting multiplied by all means. (Some other day, I’d like to talk about commercialisation of education).
I don’t want to rant or be sarcastic. Rather, through my post I’d like to point out the grim mentality of the coaching center owners.
Today, many teachers don’t consider education as a fruit to be shared. Instead, they want to earn its full price and coaching centres are becoming the hub of making money. The last decade or two have seen the number of coaching centres multiply unprecedentedly. Many registered and unregistered centres can be found flourishing at every nook and corner of a city with the sole motive of earning as much money as possible by acquiring large strength of students.
This gives rise to a competition among teachers to influence the most students to join *their* coaching. Just like a sale of clothes, alluring offers are given. Heck, even the parents are cajoled. School teachers are approached to teach in these classes as they can influence their students to join the classes.
The coaching business has spoiled the spirit of this sacred profession so much so that the teachers also seem to be focused less on their primary job and more on tempting the children. And (this breaks my heart but it is the truth) some teachers start harassing the students who do not join their tuition. Insulting, punishing or taunting the students directly or indirectly in the class is routine. To put it simply, these teachers have lost their humility. Even the school managements seem unable to ensure that such shenanigans don’t happen in their school.
And why is this done? Only to increase the enrolment in these coaching centres. Talking of the centres, there are very few which really give priority to providing quality education, work hard to get out the best from a student, and understand the worth of imparting education and sharing knowledge.
It is saddening and frustrating to see the degradation in the values of education. Money for necessary, yes. It is important too. But is it apt, justified, to bore down the real essence of education for money?