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Class conflict

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May 19, 2017-

It is said that education is the light of life. If we stop learning, we start dying. Life without education cannot be imagined. Every child has a right to get an education. Education must be affordable, equal in quality and easy to obtain. But it is quite different in Nepal. The education provided in government and private schools is not equal in quality. 

   To some extent, a higher quality of education is provided in private schools for rich people, and a lower quality of education is provided in government schools. We have never thought about how our country is going to suffer because of the different qualities of education students receive when they go to a fiercely competitive job market later in life. For equal opportunities in the future, the quality of education must be similar wherever it is provided. There is a difference in the quality of education in government and private schools because of different systems, teachers and students’ background. Government schools have not been well systematised. Because of lack of a proper system, teachers in government schools are not as dutiful, punctual, hardworking, responsible, competent, dedicated, updated and technology friendly as teachers in private schools. This is the key factor why the quality of education in government schools has not improved. There are students from low income groups in government schools mostly in Kathmandu whose parents are almost uneducated and they never take their children’s education seriously. Our government schools have not been able to compete with private schools. This is the main reason why there are many students in reputed private schools although they are very expensive and why there are only a few students in government schools although they are free. Most parents do not like sending their children to private schools because they are very expensive, and the children have lots of physical and mental burdens. In the same way, they are not happy to send their children to government schools because of the lower quality of education. 

This problem will not be solved unless government school teachers change their attitude completely and become as dutiful, punctual, hardworking, responsible, competent, dedicated, updated and technology friendly as teachers in private schools. Proper systems to improve the equal quality of education in public schools are also needed. If government schools become able to compete with private schools by providing a similar quality of education, more parents will be attracted to send their children to government schools, and education will become affordable, equal in quality and easy to obtain for all rather than being very complex. 

- BUDDHA RATNA TANDUKAR

Published: 19-05-2017 08:14

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