Sunday, June 19, 2016

Easy to build tangible, difficult to improve HR

Easy to build tangible, difficult to improve HR

Building of infrastructure of class rooms, computers, teachers, etc, is a very easy job for any government, provided it has enough funding. But making the people educative is the most difficult task, particularly when all the three stakeholders (students, teachers and parents) are non sincere to the studies. The supervisor was called Kelavani Nirikshak (not shiksan Nirikshak) and his inspection was a fear factor for the teachers to deliver quality education in past. The numbers were small and manageable. The students were those who were interested in education. When India was living in villages, and education was not privatised, children from all communities were going to school. With the Sanskar and attitude of upper castes students, the lower castes students were learning good virtues of life. It was real kelavani of the human resource.

But urbanisation and the target of making all literate has changed everything. For example, with urbanisation, the upper castes population have migrated to the cities. Those who are living in villages are sending their children to private schools. They are saving their apples from the company of the backwards. Government schools have mostly the students of OBC, Dalits and tribal  communities. And many times the teachers are from the upper castes. They try to teach their students well in the beginning but when they fail after many attempts, they pass time and wait for the transfer order at the road side school or a native school so that they attend their home matters more than their jobs. They have a union, that work for their service interest and with the affiliation with the political pressure groups they guard themselves from regulations and punishments. If salary, increments and promotions are linked with the performance in delivery of quality of education, the standard of teaching can be improved. Sometimes, the management is also at fault, not placing the right teachers at right spots. If the school doesn't have mathematics and science teachers for many years, how could the students learn these subjects. English is the subject of great fear for the students. The fear of Britishers has not gone from the language! And Indian courts yet to accept the concept of work salary against time salary. We give time salary (working hours), not the work salary (output) in government.

If one can free the teachers from the unions and make them accountable for results of their students; make the students more sincere to their studies by changing the methods of study, and convince the parents to add their efforts in learning of their kin at home, the quality of education can improve. It is a hard task of making the unorganised lot into organised. If the children of the officers and elected representatives study in the government schools, they may take more interest in improving quality of education of those schools. In a way, that will help in improving quality of education in government schools. They are also one of the stakeholders, who failed in improving quality of education in government schools.

If private schools are performing well, better to transfer primary education to private organisations. The job insecurity of private schools make the teachers more efficient. Year by year, number of students are increasing in primary schools run by the private organisations. The schools run by the trusts are doing well in high school education.

Improving quality of education is not an easy task. All have to work hard to improve the quality of education by chasing a big quantity.

19 June 2016


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