Interview with the father of a private school student
Created by nabamaster on Fri, 2011-12-09 21:41
The fellow met Mr. Nalineekanta Mohanty who is a parent of private school student Mr.S.N.Suraj Bhan. Mr. Mohanty also works as a teacher in a private school in Bhubaneswar. During our interaction he shared some of his views on private vs public school in the context of Right to Education Act.
Fellow: How do you see the field reality of RTE Act Implementation in Odisha?
Mr. Mohanty: The act is a historic one but on the other hand this seems to have less impact really who are hungry for getting quality education. The school sweeps many things and therefore even now, parents like me will choose private schools for our kids.
Fellow: Do you feel that effective implementation of RTE Act will call for govt.school enrolment drive?
Mr. Mohanty: Yes, but the school education system should be at par with central schools and Navodaya Vidyalaya.The Act says free and quality education in public schools but the condition of current practice in public school system is not motivating. Free from fees and acess to education will not solve the quality component. The quality of teaching infrastructure facilities like play ground, separate toilets in schools are not seen.
A child from poor family can get admitted into public school but his/her dream to get quality education can’t be fulfilled. A private school teacher gets 25 to 30 thousand rupees a month whereas a Siksha Sahayaka teacher from public school is to teach in 5500/- per month. The gap demotivates them and therefore, quality teaching gets obstacles.
Fellow: What is your views on 25% reservation in private schools for economically weaker section children?
Mr.Mohanty: It is simply a farce. Even though , the children from EWS admitted in private schools, still they will face discrimination. They cant take the same water bottle, tiffin and other co-curricular requirement to schools like other students as it is not under RTE Act. So automatically, the reservation is a fullstop of its implementation. It would be better if the govt. could provide all the related expenses of a child. Otherwise, it would not work.
Fellow: Can you say why public schools are not performing well than private schools?
Mr. Mohanty: In my opinion, there is a need of systematic transformation. The policy makers for RTE Act and its implementing authority let their kids study in private schools. They should provide amenities to public schools like private schools. Then only it is possible. Pls see the difference of one governing body and parent’s association of private school and the SMC. Which is better? Free is not enough. Reimbursement of expenses would give quality to every child in the present context.