Towards excellence

What need be done to ensure better results

SYSTEM

G. N. WADOO

Private schools have again shown excellent performance in Matric (secondary) results session 2012 with Mallinson, Convent, Green Valley, R. P. School in row while other private schools of the valley have also got satisfactory results. On the contrary, government schools have not been able to prove their mettle, no question of outscoring the private schools as their (Government Schools) results should have attained excellence in view of the academic, administrative and financial back up both from the State Government as well the Centrally Sponsored RMSY and SSA schemes. Indeed the Secondary Department has cut a sorry figure in this session as well.
After this failed system of Government school education, a critical analysis is needed for finding out the causes which brought about dismal performance in the secondary school (Matric) results.
It is generally believed that the teaching staff is assigned the census duty and also the election duty in mid-session. While the teachers return from census and polling assignments, a considerable period of school days goes waste. With the result the private schools stand out in performance because their staff is dedicated to the cause of education without other assignments, whatsoever. The private school performance is monitored by strict accountability and anybody found negligent towards his duties, is terminated whereas in Government schools nothing is heard of any action against the negligent staff, as there is no accountability of any such kind known. However, the Education Department should not fix responsibility of failure up on the teaching staff only but blame the whole administrative set up within the department which makes undue transfer of its teaching staff in the mid-session which causes a set back to the smooth teaching-learning process and the sequence of lessons are broken by the substitute subject teacher. Thus the syllabus is not completed in the stipulated period, the students are left with no choice but failure.
The course books pertaining to syllabus are unnecessarily replaced which causes financial burden to the parents apart from students own problems, for example, the previous “Gulistani Urdu” has been replaced by “Baharistani Urdu” upto 10th class, with a lesion entitled, “Hathi Tolna” (Weighing an elephant) in previous book (Gulistani Urdu) changed to “Hathi Ka Wazan” (Weight of the elephant) in the changed book (Baharistani Urdu) for class 6th. The frequent change of books in other subjects may also be helpful except commercial gains for which the poor parents and the students suffer and hence the whims of the authorities are in no way helpful for the progress of government educational institutions.
The Government of India is pumping monetary aid to the government educational institutions in J&K in the name of RMSYA and SSA etc. which is meant for judicious way of expenditure in bringing about educational reforms in the present system of limping and substandard education which have so far yielded dismal results.
The utilization of funds may be to attract the students of near and the distant areas towards government school education. On the contrary we find the private educational institutions making steady progress and increasing their roll of students by making the best use of their human resources and financial inputs.
Generally, we believe that every government institution is a wastage and it should be rendered subservient to the private enterprise and this way of thinking makes out government education system also inferior to the private education system.
ÍDespite Central Government schemes under RMSYA and SSA aimed at building infrastructure of education all Government schools in the valley are not in perfect condition with respect to school building, furniture, furnishings, playground, library and other facilities needed while private schools have availed of such facilities for the students with their limited financial back up.
However, the medium change from Urdu to English has also created problems for teacher (in teaching) and students in learning. The parents of students of government schools take education of their wards as unnecessary, which creates disinterested family atmosphere with regard to education.
The poor performance of the government schools in Matric results is viewed seriously by the valleyities. It is proposed that the government school education should excel in future so that the faith of people is restored.   
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Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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