English language from First standard

Sunday, 02 April 2006 00:00

It is heartening to know that Udupi Zilla Panchayat(Udupi is located in the western coast of India in the Karnataka state) has decided to introduce English as one of the subject from first standard in Government and aided Kannada medium schools of Udupi district from the next academic year.

Introduction of English was necessary as many Kannada medium schools are on the verge of closure in the district due to lack of students as parents are inclined to send their children to English medium schools. Also I feel another reason for the support of this move is that the children belonging to certain sections of the society should not be deprived of learning English only because they were studying in Kannada medium schools. English is a universal language and is a very important for any student's personal ambitions.

I congratulate Udupi Zilla Panchayat and I hope that rest of India will follow this model soon. Afterall, we can not live in an isolated world.!

 

Equality in education

Friday, 24 March 2006 00:00

A progressive country is the one which is wise enough dictate a secure future. To that effect it must educate its citizens and should take this as a serious priority than a mere plan. When it comes to education there should not be any compromise, for eventually this would help the country to cut down state dependency of its people and save the country from spending a fortune on issues like crime and health. In India the term education has been systematically exploited either by political parties or big educational trusts on the false pretext of serving the people.

In India we need a change whereupon the person who holds the merit should be the one who chooses. Education should be made for all, however, any group or caste shouldn’t be able to dictate the state of affairs and hijack the system.

The noble idea of reservation aimed at the most vulnerable section of the society in the early period of free India has lost its objective. The political outfits have distorted the idea so much so that the ordinary citizens just loath the term itself. The private educational trusts have successfully exploited the loopholes in the system to make more money. Today we need to adapt the reservation policy so that the beneficiary should be the one who is in financial distress. Or else, India will suffer hugely under this nightmare of a problem and the future India will still be struggling to fight inequality. There is a strong need for good citizens to spread the word and educate the fellow citizens of the reverberations of our current mess so that they too can rationalize the situation for themselves and support any meaningful amendments to reservation system.

We have no plans in place to do away with our reservation policies, say in the next 5, 10 or 20 years. If we do not start to down regulate quota system India can never be able to attain equality amongst its citizens. We need to instil some sense in the minds of our legislators so that they are obliged to form Laws to set uniform opportunities for all. Now and in the future, Governments should always try to help the poor in obtaining education but not spoon feed them. Political parties should come together to fight barriers based on religion, caste and sex to build a United Secular India.

 

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