Breaking the tender backs

Our children are victims of inefficient officials, and unconcerned school administration

Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 13 2018 11:24PM | Updated Date: Mar 13 2018 11:24PM

One of the worst features of this runway education enterprise, actually driven by deep seated motive of making profit, is the devastating effect on the health of our children. The entire scheme stands turned upside down. While all of it should have been employed to strengthen the minds of our young generation, and secure them from any hazardous impact, physical mental or moral, every single ingredient is tailored to the needs of a wild capitalism. This discussion comes once again to fore in the backdrop of the news that the J&K government is mulling to emulate the practices adopted by Delhi government to reduce the weight of school bags carried by children. Pertinent to mention that this development comes at a time when the state government has failed to implement the recommendations of the expert committee that had called for reducing the weight of schoolbags. If it is done now, one can only wish that it doesn't take much to turn it into practice. Though one would like to express surprise over this simple fact that such things involve common sense more than anything else. One wonders why our officials need to opt for circuitous routes when the point to be hit is not even a stone's throw away. What does it take to thoroughly check a student's bag and find out the unnecessary books, copies, and other material in it. What does it take to tell the school administration to create space for students to keep the extra material in the classroom itself. What does it take to ascertain which books are actually not needed, and are added just to make extra bucks. Anyway, if the Delhi government has succeeded in relieving tender backs of this unwanted burden, there is no harm in copying the practice. But it must not stop here, the world is there for us to learn from. The way schooling is done in the developed countries is something to draw from. The institutions related to education, and the ministry on the top, must gear up to copy the best practices, where ever they are found.