As the next academic year will commence shortly, as a person interacting with several poor families in Tamil Nadu , I feel highly concerned about the plight of the poor families , who are keen to provide best possible education to their children.

It is a happy note that many poor families , particularly the mothers, clearly understand that their children will be well rewarded by providing them quality education, which will enable them to get good jobs or set up their own profession in the long run and improve their economic and social standards. Such desire is all the more so in the case of girl children , as parents and particularly mothers realize that the girls should stand on their own legs to protect their interests in life by getting good education and job, as the number of men folks taking to liquor habits is increasing rapidly in Tamil Nadu. Certainly, women in Tamil Nadu suffer from sense of fear about their safety , as several husbands become liquor addicts and beat and harass the womenfolk.
Government of Tamil Nadu is spending several crores of rupees every year in running the government schools and providing several freebies to the students in government schools , such as free text books, uniforms, noon meal etc. apart from nil or low fees. However, the main problem in government schools today is the lack of quality education imparted to the students, due to indiscipline, particularly amongst the teachers who resort to strike and agitation and develop trade union interests and political affiliations. Misbehaviour of teachers towards the girl children in government schools are increasingly reported, apart from the incidents of teachers attending classes in drunken conditions.

With students in government schools mostly hailing from poor families and with stressful conditions in the homes, indiscipline amongst students are also seen often.

Given such conditions, the poor families want to send their children to the private schools, where the quality of education imparted and the discipline level maintained is certainly much better than the government schools.

Unfortunately, most of the private schools are now run by business houses and politicians under the banner of “Trust”, with profit motive. Exhorbitant fees are charged , which poor families cannot afford to pay. Anxious to give good education to the children , many poor families run from pillar to post to find money to pay for education in private schools and many of them fall into debt trap.

The only way to solve this problem is to improve the quality of education in government schools. We have been talking about this for several years but no visible changes for improvement have taken place. Almost everyone seem to be of the view that any expectation that the performance of the government schools would improve is like chasing a shadow.
One ideal arrangement would be to convert all government schools into government aided private schools , as some sort of joint venture between government and private institutions. The fees should be nil or low and the facilities for the students should be extended in the same way as it is being done now in government schools.

Crores of rupees spent by government in running the government schools now can be used to provide aid to the government funded private schools. With private participation , there can certainly be better prospects for improving the standards and providing affordable education to the poor families.

Of course, politicians will try to play mischief in this scheme also by entering into the field.

A system and procedure must be developed to ensure that the private partners in these schools would be strictly chosen on the basis of their merit and qualification.

N.S.Venkataraman more  

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Former CM Kamarajar did not think this way he made govt schools so that all the poor people can be benefitted Tamilnadu is no 2 in india because of his policy can anyone tell me how many schools opened in his tenure suggest improvements to the existing govt schools don't give it in the hands of private money making business minded people. Education should be free for all This is my humble feeling. more  
Mr NS Venkataraman your suggestion is really good but this only be successful that the discipline of the children are improved. Once I happened to be chief Guest for the Government aided school(very Old). The correspondent was showing me that the children are not keen to pay Rs 10/- as fees but showing me the cell phone they were carrying and the dress they were wearing. Really what it shows. The parents are not keen in paying the meager fees but will spend for the child other amenities. Further the Senior class students come drunk and fight with the teacher. These things you can see very minimal in Private schools because the discipline is maintained. Therefore the basic attitude of the Parents and children should also be inculcated from the scratch in schools. more  
Yes you are very right. All children from poor families should be sent to convent education. Running government schools are completely waste of money to government. 99 % of the government teachers are sitting and getting salary. It is absolutely waste of running government schools. Please convert in to private and send poor children's to private schools more  
That it is the primary responsibility of every government worth a name to provide quality and free education at least up to 10 th is the missing point here . The private sector is always quick to find the loopholes and exploit them to their benefits be it in any field. If todays' education become so costly it is due to entry of private sector in Education. So the only way to make the education good and affordable to common man is to continue the Govt .schools ,improve the quality by proving necessary incentives and controls like performance based pay to teachers etc.. If Delhi govt. can bring sweeping changes to improve the quality in Education why not here too?. more  
It is the clear intention of every successive Govt to keep it so in order to keep the poor as poor with Tasmark already acting on them as a big drain.
The current Edn Minister can be met as he is pragmatic.
I can be part of such a team.
There are many organizations that can come forward to adopt all schools and a lot can be done in this regard.
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