THE EDUCATIONAL MESS

Prof: J Mundassery was the Education Minister in the first Communist Ministry in Keralam. He wanted to help the teaching staff who were mercilessly exploited by the Managers of private schools and colleges. So he made a law for payment to the staff directly by the government.

The managers were too clever. They extracted lump sum money before giving appointment order to the staff. So the government was burdened with mounting expenditure, as a major part of the expenditure was salary of school staff, government as well as aided private schools.

Till now, the department of education is a headache for the government. Now, the Swashraya colleges who take large amounts from students as capitation fee is defying all efforts to control them. They admit students with less marks, by bargaining for more money. There is no interference from the government in other states. So students are attracted to such states. Reservation for students on caste basis is proving cumbersome.

In addition to all these problems, even question papers are a headache. Sometimes, they fail to reach the examination centres in time. Often the papers are leaked out from the printing press itself.Then there is mark list scandal.

There is an unwritten rule that students should not fail up to the tenth standard. Even in tenth, a good percentage is to be passed. So the standard of education is going down every year. Those who pass the common examination in the tenth year can neither read nor write correct Malayalam. English is a far cry.

Now, a teacher has been arrested because a question in the paper set by him, is not liked by a religious group !

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