There is no denial of the fact that education plays an extraordinary role in a person’s life to develop proper intelligence as well as an emotional quotient. Hence, our constitution also makes a provision for providing free and compulsory education under Article 21 (A) which also expands the horizon of Right to life.
This is mainly because education enhances the life of any individual. It is only through right education and a right to an education that helps in developing the essential knowledge and required skills in the future citizens. In India, there are more than 300 million children and out of these almost half of the school students drop out by Grade 10. Under such extreme circumstances, privatization shall prove to be a curse for India. Following points can be added in support of this argument:
Today, the fact remains in different statistics that at least 70% of our population cannot afford at any point the education that will be delivered post-privatization of our education system. In fact, one of the reasons why many children are able to go to school today is because of the social incentives provided by the government. Education remains more inclined to the social sector than economic sector all the time.
The constitution makes a provision that education is a fundamental right. The very essence of Fundamental remains in the fact that it is essential in keeping the basic dignity of human life. Privatization ultimately will lead to the upliftment of classes in education ignoring the masses. It will lead to the violation of the fundamental right of an individual. It is actually the duty of the government of any state to allow maximum funds for the development of the education sector and this cannot be passed in the hands of private entrepreneurs.
If privatization seeps into education, it actually becomes a full-time business. The purity of the teaching profession and the importance of imparting knowledge to students takes a backseat and monetary aspects become a priority for each and every individual involved in this nexus of education privatization. Parents will continue to be burdened by exorbitant fee amount.
Education is actually not given priority in many sections of Indian society due to the existing ignorant and adamant attitude. It is only because of acts like RTE that enrollment rates have increased and we see some hope for a better future by developing students for tomorrow’s New India.
If education is privatized, drop-outs rate will multiply drastically considering the expenses that will get associated with education. With this, social evils, economic problems like unemployment, poverty will not just continue to persist but their cases will increase rapidly. This will lead to the lopsided development of the country.