Friday, February 26, 2010

Back to school

You know that feeling of dread when the invigilator walks around the classroom handing out exam papers. You are so close to knowing what is going to be asked and yet so far way.
Our education system being what it is , takin gthe ICSE (10th ) and the ISC (12th) pretty much determined our lives. A whole year or for some people a whole education spent in anticipation of one exam killed us all!
 
 
I am working in the Pardada Pardadi school in Anoopshahr , Uttar Pradesh where the femal literacy rate is 43% , ten percent lower than national average. Very often, girls get married at 13 and people are randomly killed and their bodies abandoned in the mango grove outside the school.
 
Dinner conversation yesterday was about education. The driver here haas an alternate career option. A 10th Std graduate, he gets paid to write exams of students in the village who are not confident of passing. Passing however is no big deal.
 
More often than not, in government schools where there are no teachers, on exam day, the invigilator comes and writes all the answers on the board form the students to copy.
They all pass.
 
Employers think twice about hiring anyone who has studied under the UP State board. Sure they've all passed and occasionally they even obtain university degrees, but there's no point really .
 
Strangely even to me this is shocking. The South really seems more developed, actually the North is a far cry from the South is a better way of putting it.
 
Here it is a big deal for girls to go to school after puberty. When I went to my grandfather's village in Tamil Nadu, a man was excitedly telling me about how his daughter just obtained a Masters in physics from a reputed university!

3 comments:

A.Bushan said...

I feel that s.indians have this intrinsic self worth..if uve noticed. thats why you find them more 'civilized' and humane and better educated. excuse my regionalism..

Y? said...

I guess it's really difficult to generalize no. South India / North India - such huuuge entities.

Maybe a large part of the North wasn't subjected to as many foreign influences as the South because the North is mostly land locked. Sure the Mughals ..etc but not so much. Maybe that's important in terms of influencing attitudes towards seemingly foreign things like formal education. But then again we have super smart scientists from the North and then we have female foeticide in parts of Tamil Nadu. The South is richer as well overall..but ya i still maintain that it is difficult to generalize

Y? said...

I guess it's really difficult to generalize no. South India / North India - such huuuge entities.

Maybe a large part of the North wasn't subjected to as many foreign influences as the South because the North is mostly land locked. Sure the Mughals ..etc but not so much. Maybe that's important in terms of influencing attitudes towards seemingly foreign things like formal education. But then again we have super smart scientists from the North and then we have female foeticide in parts of Tamil Nadu. The South is richer as well overall..but ya i still maintain that it is difficult to generalize