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Regulating private schools : Laying down some points
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: June 16 2017 -



It has come rather late in the day, but as they say better late than never and this is why the announcement of Education Minister Th Radheshyam that an education policy is underway to regulate private schools should be welcomed by all.

Not that private schools need to be told by the Government how to teach the young students, for this is something which the Government itself should learn from the private schools, but at least something should be done to regulate the private schools for in doing that the Government can go a long way in checking the heavy price that parents and guardians of school students have had to pay all these years.

No one will refute that the private schools are responsible for producing the best and brightest students in the State and this is something reflected every year whenever the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur respectively announce the Class X and Class XII results. Now time for a reality check.

True, credit should be given where it is due, but at the same time, it should not be forgotten that private schools would not have been able to produce the brightest students, if not for the co-operation of the parents and guardians.

As parents and guardians their co-operation is definitely expected in the education of their young wards, but then again it may be asked why parents have to walk the extra mile each time their children reach the high school stage.

And this extra mile, take it literally or figuratively, can be seen near the residence of any well known private tutor, in the morning and evening.

This is where the Government need to look into the pay and salary of private school teachers.

Are they being paid in sync with their qualification and the work they put in at school or not ?

With most of the private school teachers being paid poorly, giving private tuition then becomes a good option to make up and this is where they focus their energy.

The result is, private tuition becomes necessary for all and the financial burden of meeting the tuition fees falls on the parents and guardians.

In a way this means that parents have to make up for the unwillingness of the private schools to pay their teachers adequately.

This is where the Government should see what may be done to at least make all private school teachers believe that they can maintain their family by being teachers at school and not rely on private tuition.

The Government should also formulate a policy to restrict the number of children that a school van may carry.

It is a big eye sore to see young tots being packed into school vans like the proverbial packed sardines.

Moreover how many students are there in each classroom is another point the Government may look into.

Makes no sense to pack in 80/90 students in a single class room.

These are some points which come to mind and which should hopefully draw the attention of Education Minister Th Radheshyam.



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