Infrastructure before or along superstructure - schooling
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Infrastructure of schools, so vast, built on prime land has been mostly lying idle since about last 17 months ever since last year's the lockdown. Note the consequences. Teaching and learning entirely been taken up by teachers, using their own resources, as also the students learning from home. No school ever complaining, rather smugly contented since they get the same fees from students, even though their input costs, there are literally hundeds - janitors, gardeners, et al, of cost heads starting from electricity to provisioning refreshments for teachers or even the service givers salaries, being saved. Indirect, direct and induced - caretaker watchmen, employed by their self-selecting themselves such occupations on school's premises, gone. Ironically such an important developmental aspect, education that builds society, all being left at the agency level. Schools profiteering, students' parents paying up, while teacher bearing additional expenses, electricity, telecommunication running online classes from electrically aircooled home environments respectively. At same salaries, teachers bearing additional expenses! Responsiveness from government must be shown towards this. Poor kids are seeing their mid-day meals that was their nutritional supplement, provided within school premises, too now gone, with shutdown! Girl children being driven towards early marriage.बेटी बचाओ बेटी पढ़ाओ बहुत सराहनीय एवं कार्यान्वित किया नारा था। गरीब बच्चियों को एक शिक्षा-प्रद बचपन व्यतीत और शिक्षा से मिलने वाली सीख समझ आने से पहले ही ब्याही जाना तथा उनपर मातृत्व का बोझ पड़ना कितना सही है ?! Whither schooling's social function! Rich contented, but should also be government. Start somewhere. This going on too long. Nobody talks about this, all influential netizens wanting only the same shutdown.
Transforming IndiaJul 18