Monday, July 27, 2020

Covid Online Classroom Farce


ModiSarkar has spent 22000 crores in the last six years over Muslim scholarships and Madrassa reforms. The average per year spend is nothing alarming. However, what are the returns that the country is getting on this spend? If you ask me – negligible. Even otherwise, the Muslim community is one that will not go beyond its religion and it’s like spending money on a horse that refuses to run. The nonsense of “Ek haath Quran & Ek haath Computer” is perhaps the most moronic slogan I have ever heard from Modi. That was a couple of years ago. The biggest contributors to the Covid epidemic in India were the Muslims of the Markaz gang. Cut to the present Covid situation where schools and colleges are closed and normal schooling has ground to a halt. We hear many stories of difficulties and misery. One such recent story was a villager in HP having to sell his cow so that his kids could attend online classes being ENFORCED by the school:
I cannot vouch for this story but it seems actor Sonu Sood and others are now trying to help this man get his cow back. But as the story mentions, it is hard to understand how two kids in different classes would simultaneously learn online from one device. The smartphone is hardly a device to learn from in a regular classroom setting; one would need at least a laptop size screen and controls. Secondly, if the family has never used smartphones, laptops or internet before, they would need some training for a while to even get used to working with the smartphone and accessing online classroom. Covid is making even schools a gang of idiots. There is no way primary school students can learn from online classrooms. Schools and parents are also locked in a fight over fees and why fees should be paid when there are no regular classes. Schools demand full fees claiming they have to meet salaries and other expenses whether the school operates or not. In this Covid situation the idea should be to stick to the most essential but the news we keep getting alarms us and makes us laugh too:
Why in hell do schools behave so brainlessly? I believe it is the conditioning that they have gone through under every govt that they should not “think” in doing anything. They should behave like morons without any concern for the end-user (child) who consumes their products. A primary student, of say Class-3, wouldn’t attend online classes diligently on her own. She needs hand-holding by a parent. It’s the nature of kids to waver, to be distracted and to find some subjects uninteresting. PT and Yoga are not life and death matter for a student. People tend to forget that schools are basically “academic” centres. But the PM and GOI promote Yoga so much as a mania as against Math or Science that schoolish idiocy sets in. Instead of just Yoga, there should be a revolution that promotes interest in Math and making Math an enjoyable subject. But then Ramanujan Modi cannot wax eloquently on Math as he does on Yoga. There shouldn’t be any online classes for primary students up to Class-7 whatsoever. They can do home-study with the help of parents. But even if some online classes are held then only the most essential subjects should be taught:
English (Or Hindi, Tamil whichever is the medium) Math and Science are the only subjects that need to be taught even otherwise. These are also the subjects that should be tested. Other subjects like history, civic or social studies are not essential subjects and the students can read their text books casually and that is enough. Even otherwise, our history and social studies books are nothing but badly written garbage that the students will not miss anything in life if they don’t read them. It is only as discerning adults that people discover true history of anything. They also discover that MK Gandhi was not the only Independence warrior and that thousands of others played bigger roles. Schools are also battling with parents over fees. This is an area that the GOI or State govts should have intervened and created an amicable resolution so that both sides are satisfied. The Covid situation has brought about burdens and liabilities on everyone and parents cannot bear the same burden of fees and at the same time teachers cannot go without salaries. This should not have been such a great problem to solve if the HRD ministers of the Centre and State had sincerely involved themselves:
Once I put out a few tweets on this topic, I got some hilarious responses too. It seems there are schools charging even “transport fees” with the argument that they have to pay drivers and transport staff. This is downright stupid. In most schools, the transport is on a “contract” basis with vendors. Even so, the biggest component of transport services is the fuel. Schools would certainly not be paying for fuel with no transport. If they do have to pay salaries for drivers and staff it is manageable within the reasonable amount to be collected as fees:
Schools usually do not operate with much logic. They are centres of “Chaos” just like any govt is. Visit any school on any given day (when they are open) and you will find some staff member running here and there in some kind of emergency or the Principal still obsessed with old, redundant systems of teacher and schedule management. Schools are NOT centres of excellence in India as they should have been. They are more like assembly-line manufacturing units that produce finished goods to be packaged off to some college. There are thousands of people protesting the anti-Hindu garbage in history books in schools. This remains so as politicians have been using young students as raw-material for their own Communist garbage. If ModiSarkar has made no effort to change that, it is because Modi himself is a closet-Communist and that’s why the excessive devotion to MK Gandhi and excessive love for Mughal tombs.

A recent survey in TOI put out some information on what is happening in our school education system. It claims private schools are grooming 50% of the students being educated in the country. I don’t know what exactly they mean by “grooming” but assume it means being prepared for the next stage and a performance-driven life. Within this whole story is some damaging piece of information that everyone knows but it appears govts are totally clueless on how to measure school education. For a long time, govts’ only measure of education was enrolment in schools. They didn’t even bother to account for the drop-outs. Every govt has juggled these numbers to show they are doing better in the education domain and every govt is full of morons who really don’t understand what education is supposed to deliver: a “Learning outcome”. That outcome is never measured by anyone in the govt system:
My years of experience with schools have shown me one thing clearly – students and parents have developed a slight fear of Math. Adding to this problem is language skills that aren’t developed well. Instead of speaking, reading and writing well, language is taught and tested as some text and grammar material. These are the reasons India will remain a laggard and a country with poor innovations and enterprise.

Additionally, schools have been forced to create some kind of idiotic, composite culture that leaves a student rootless and disconnected to her own roots and culture. This is driven not only by garbage by our history and social studies books but also by social behaviour. SM has examples of glorification of Mughal mass-murderers, whitewashing of their crimes and nonsensical topics that look down upon Hindu culture and teach moronic stuff like “All Gods are one and Allah is the only God”. Why would a secular state be teaching any religious stuff at all? If the previous HRD minister Prakash Javdekar is an undisputed moron then the current one is not far behind. What does Pokri really think of education. If you see his own daughter – she strikes a Kathak dance pose (she claims to be a Kathak dancer) for her Eid greetings. In the South, Hindus often talk about Jesus and other Christian icons being dressed up as Hindus to fool people. Dressing up Jesus is not illegal unless you use it commit some fraud.

Covid is not some new disease that has afflicted our schools. For long our schools are centres of incompetence, over-burdened students and poorly trained and paid teachers. I have consistently argued that instead of increasing subjects, school education in India needs to cut down on subjects as many of them are outright garbage that students don’t need to learn. And even if any student is interested in some of this stuff then in this day and age there are enough tools to quickly learn anything. Covid will pass sooner or later but the bigger disease remains in the schools. Narendra Modi is not very interested in education. Time and again his govt forms some Committee and that is all. We will soon find more students leaving India for studies elsewhere. All this crap of Vishwa Guru, Aatmanirbhar etc are just as much lipstick as anything that this govt has been doling out. It is clearly up to parents to take care of their child’s education and culture. Leaving it to schools is a dangerous mistake.


Follow the blog on Twitter.
 
                                       Subscribe To EF                        Contribute
                                    Buy The EF Handbook               INR / US$

15 comments :

  1. What an analysis! Ravinar ji is basically a teacher at heart. It is disheartening to discover that maintaining a status quo on education is a deliberate action of this Government. All through I felt that reforms in HRD ministry will be taken up later but before the end of Modi ji's current term. And the incompetent HRD ministry in the Government is just a chance event without an apparent cause.

    But now I feel I may be wrong.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I agree with everything mentioned by mediacrooks. Since he is located in Mumbai, I am sure he might be aware about the condition of school teachers in private schools across Gujarat. Most of private schools across Gujarat are mandated by the government to charge minimum fee possible. Moreover, they are barged from increasing fee. This lead to these schools hiring teachers on contract and they are paid poorly. When asked for pay similar to government schools teachers, they are literally told to teach tuition classes.

    Due to pandemic most of the tuition classes are closed. And if these teacher not gonna get salary from the school by remote teaching, how they gonna run their home. I know all this since my own elder brother is school principle and my Sis-in-law is a high-school teacher. They were making good earning pre-COVID-19. Now they are uncertain about their future.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely Ravi bhai,

    Your thoughts and analyses on Sushant Singh Rajput’s brutal murder would be very interesting to read.
    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Modi cabinet has a bunch of morons!Education which should have been the first target for reform has been neglected for the last six yrs!No hope from this PM and his cabinet!As there is no alternative ppl have to bear with this govt for some time !

    ReplyDelete
  5. The education system has been an enterprise run on a corporate scale of expansion, looking at the buildings and infrastructure lavishly built to ever craving parents one upmanship to, also to be blamed for ever. Many schools also were conduits for money laundering, and almost all schools have political patrons or owners

    ReplyDelete
  6. I also protested to my daughter's school who is in Class 3 to reduce the no of hours and days in a week for online classes but they refused. My 8byear old daughter cant sit in front of Tab for longer hours and same is happening with all students. In fact, Me and my wife had to teach a parent of a EWS student how to do online classes. They don't have extra smart phone at home and the poor kis missed classes for 1 month. This online classes is all bulll shit. I even suggested for twice online class with assignments by teachers in mail which we parents can help our kida to do. Govt. Should have intervene but they are busy selling other craps....

    ReplyDelete
  7. The government should stop running schools/colleges.
    Let us privatize schools and colleges. Let them compete for money from the students' family.
    Provide educational vouchers to all for education till 12th. If the budget does not allow then target the subsidy to the economically weaker section.
    Do not put any price-caps on schools/colleges. Let the free market rule. Excellence will automatically follow.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What about me sir? I am a teacher, I teach in coaching classes my father has got paralysis due to 2 strokes he has suffered. But government is in no mood to open schools and classes.
    What should I do?

    ReplyDelete
  9. World over govt do not want EDUCATED and INFORMED citizens. They want bots. Modi is last person to reform anything. For him reforming means scrapping old laws. This is most idiotic cover-up by him.

    Smriti ji tried to make some basic changes in curriculum and also anti-Hindu context but she was kicked out by Modi.

    Modi wants to be known as Duratma Gandhi 2.0, more degraded, obsolete and depressing version than original hypocrite coward Gandhi.

    Modi is chasing global fame like Bandit Nehru at the cost of mediocrity, gimmicks and cover-up ultimately creating irreversible deep pit that will eventually uproot Hindu identity.

    RSS/BJP is last group to save. We all Hindus should form local units and make slow reforms. Parents are voters too, if they can pressurise schools on fees part, schools will bend over.

    Reform is govt forte but Parents should adopt No-School-Fees movement till robust REFORM is done. This govt is worst than predecessors when it comes to listening to supportive citizens. Yeh laato ke bhoot bam gaye hai.

    Vande Mataram
    Har Har Mahadev
    🚩🇮🇳🚩🇮🇳🚩🇮🇳🚩🇮🇳

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. EDIT: Yeh laato ke Bhoot ban chuke hai (MywayHighway Sarkar)

      Delete
  10. Education in India is biggest money spinner for Church. They control reforms. Sickular Modi grandly celebrates FAKE Xian SAINTS even in covid but never said a word for ONE MAN ARMY lone fighter, once a founder of Hindu Samhiti late Tapan Ghosh ji who took heavenly abode few weeks back.

    Duratma Gandhi 2.0 will NEVER reform education, so as not to hurt CHURCH, at the most he will do some cosmetic changes and market it, to his blind supporters as a major reform. No hope from Muslim appeaser who did not wore skull cap but till now gave shelters, toilets and loans worth over 1,68,000 crores to muslims out of Hindu tax payers money (cite: Mole Naqvi's press releases and statements). He is master of cosmetic fakery; not wearing cap himself but garlanding ornaments to traitors and enemies. By heart and soul, he is name/fame chaser like communists.

    What a fall!... I fought and lost dozens of friends in last three decades yes I was once a die hard supporter of Modi/BJP now demoted myself to only voter.

    Feeling deeply betrayed...time and again.

    Vande Mataram
    Har Har Mahadev
    🚩🇮🇳🚩🇮🇳🚩🇮🇳

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Best way to remain in Power is to systematically deteriorate education system.

      Delete
  11. Great analysis sir. Modi government has failed to create any breakthrough in reforming education sector. Looking at the fees that are being charged and quality of education that is being dished our schools have become corrupt organisations. What you have pointed are absolutely true charging fees for transportation even in lockdown. Few of the well known schools have even fired teachers. All cries for daily wage labourers is fine but does anyone care for private school teachers who are paid fraction to their government counterparts. It is also disturbing how LGBTQ are being taught at certain schools. Personally I would suggest governments to make examinations as aptitude level tests which can test the problem solving skills. Let students attend schools or tuitions of their choice. Further vocational training and trade like electrical, plumbing and carpenters must be given prominence. This will make our future generations to be independent. Yes shitty subjects like Civics, arts, social studies and anti national institutes like JNU must disappear permanently.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Civics , Geography must be more from an understanding perspective instead of rote learning of some shitty Five Year Plans done by Morons. History must be revamped completely.

      Delete
  12. People like Ravinarji and am sure there are many more well intentioned people should be given a chance to revamp the education system . Mr Modi we elected you to bring this change. Mr Modi, dont listen to bot lickers. Please listen to well meaning criticisms

    ReplyDelete

Comments are welcome and are not moderated so as to allow free speech. However, comments that are off topic, abusive, defamatory or slanderous may be deleted. Comments disclosing personal information of individuals/entities will be deleted.Comments appearing here do not imply endorsement by author of this blog.