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Re: Completely misguided arguments on compulsory education

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
I agree with Prof. R.Jagadishwara Rao that making compulsory will become
another source of corruption. the more u govern, the more the corruption.
the best governmrnt is the one that governs the least.

Indrajit Barua

>Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 18:45:53 -0800 (PST)
>From: "Prof. R. Jagadiswara Rao" <rjr@vsnl.com>
>To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
>Subject: Re: Completely misguided arguments on compulsory education
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 19:04:14 +0530
>I agree with the following views of Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok (December 22, 1999).
>"Just wanted to re-iterate that making education compulsory is a most futile
>effort. ... Statistical data on Thailand ... shows that compulsion was
>entirely ineffective in motivating education till economic policies became
>'right' in early 70s. ... Parental choice is crucial at each stage. Parents
>are not morons as most of us like to think villagers are."
>I disagree with the following views of Mr. Parameswer (January 06, 2000).
>"Compulsory Education is the only secular means in India to control
>population: ... it could be appropriate for State to  constrain freedom of
>parents in not sending to school and opting to extract work from them for
>daily bread. Probably this may deter poor parents from producing more number
>of children as they are now aware that kids can no more be sent for work to
>earn for them, and the measure will work as a strong factor in motivating
>them for family planning."
>We have already a large number of laws to curb people's freedom. They help
>the regulatory authority to get illegal gratification from some erring
>people and punish a few who are poor and powerless just to prove that the
>law is being effectively enforced, while the vast majority of culprits
>escape any action
>owing to a number of reasons including inadequate staff appointed for the
>purpose. The same thing happens if a law is made to punish the parents for
>not sending their kids to school and employers for engaging child workers.
>As education cannot be made compulsory, population control cannot be
>expected by this way.
>A child worker not only earns money for himself and the family, but the work
>he does helps him to acquire the necessary skills to make a fairly decent
>living after he becomes an adult. Among the low and lower middle class
>families, a child worker, if not treated as a slave, commands a better
>respect than a school-going child. The present system of education in most
>of our educational institutions is such that most students acquire just
>paper qualifications without getting any knowledge or skills for
>making a living. Most of the students who benefited from the present
>educational system are those who received special coaching either at home or
>in a private institution. Our education is only producing the so-called
>educated employed who have become a permanent burden to the parents and to
>the country. Only the lucky few get lucrative government jobs.
>>From my own experience on Indian education since 1942 as a student, teacher
>and administator, I find a gradual deterioration in the quality of education
>received by most students at different levels. The only solution to the
>problem is to enforce congenial atmosphere at places of work for the child
>workers also to have adequate education and recreation.
>R. Jagadiswara Rao
>This is the National Debate on System Reform.       debate@indiapolicy.org
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