Gaps In Education: The Need For Well-equipped Modern Schools In Small Towns

Unless the schools in the small towns match up to the standards of their counterparts in capital cities, issues like migration, unskilled labour and unemployment, among others, will not be mitigated.

Former Indian President and a great scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam rightly pointed out “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We all dream of a happier and more prosperous India in the future and the only gap between us and that future is — EDUCATION. 

The block letters of the word signifies how important a role it can play in conquering the vices plaguing our great nation, but good education cannot remain a resource-limited to some cities if we really want to make India a country which our forefathers dreamt of.

Amidst the battle with an invisible enemy in the form of novel Coronavirus, the Government of India rolled out a New Education Policy (NEP) — a much-needed reform. While many may debate the timing of the reform, I believe “any time is a good time to do a good thing”.

However, a plan is as good as its implementation and NEP can only be a success when all of India joins the bandwagon. Today, the metro cities have several big schools offering best-of-class infrastructure and teaching but the small towns — Tier II and Tier III cities — hardly even have inter colleges which offer education in all streams, leave aside facilities and exposure.

This gap is fueling greater inequality in the country. Of course, many small-town boys and girls are making it big but the success rate remains abysmal when compared to those getting an education in premier schools of urban centres. 

Unless the schools in the small towns match up to the standards of their counterparts in capital cities, issues like migration, unskilled labour, and unemployment, among others, will not be mitigated.

School education forms the bedrock of the future of any child. Researchers have found a direct correlation with the guidance a student gets during school days and the chance of his/her becoming successful in life. The bright aspect is — the people of India, especially those in small towns or even villages, have started acknowledging this.

Nowadays, parents are more concerned with the education of their child than ever. They are willing to even go out of their budget limits to ensure that their child gets the best teaching right from the start. Thus, these modest towns need schools that live up to their expectations. 

A school should be a place for the holistic development of a child — mental, physical, and social. The conventional ways to teach students — by asking them to mug up lines — would do no good. It is time the schools junk obsolete ways of teaching and use innovative tricks to make students aware of the concepts in such a way that they remember them for the rest of their lives.

The NEP is an attempt to deal with the same issue — help schools get over the routine teaching techniques. In keeping with the times, the classes have to be digital and every child must get the facilities of computer education. Libraries should be well equipped so that students flock to read about their favourite topics. 

My beloved teacher once told me — learning should be a celebration and not a compulsion — but schools often box students in three categories — Science, Arts, and Commerce. This one-size-fits-all approach has reached its expiry date. A student will fall in love with learning only when he/she gets to study favourite subjects with interesting methods. 

Not to forget, the environment needs to conducive for a student to learn. I often come across schools running in a multi-purpose building or in between a busy market place. The students from such schools can hardly focus on their books in the mid of all the hustle and bustle coming from outside. 

All parents want to make the best decision for their kids and hence, they must zero in on a school which has modern facilities. Just classroom teaching can’t pass for an all-round education. A kid must not only learn in the classroom but also in the computer lab, on the playground, in the library, on the stage, and in the music room. 

Schools should not become factories treating every student like a commodity. Every child is unique and needs special attention. When teachers become more than just teachers, a student finds a friend, philosopher, and guide. Such mentorship helps a student channelize true potential and make the best decision for future. 

No one is born perfect, perfection is always an acquired skill and perfection needs constant honing. As your child deserves nothing but perfect, do factor in all the aforementioned aspects before finalizing his/her school. This won’t just do well only for your child but also for the nation.

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