The regulatory or the legal environment of education system of India is in a sorry state. Many people or organizations are of the opinion that it is the flaw with the government for it over-regularise the higher education. But the hiccups exist all throughout the spectrum i.e. from class K.G. to class 12 to universities so on and so forth. Much innovation is the need of the hour for Indian education system, but no one has ever thought of that where do we really stand in recognising that our education system is always weighed down by red tape and inefficiency.
Not only the students or their parents are suffering but at the same time the schools and colleges are also the victims of this time and again rising issue. Governments, be it central or state, have not been successful in supporting the government schools and are rather more interested to interfere or improve the system of the private schools. This calls for a sudden change in the mindset.
The most astonishing fact is that private unaided education is looked upon through the same prism as either private aided education or the government run. Very fresh example is the recent spate of fee regulation acts for private schools across Chandigarh. After receiving complaints from parents of students studying in private schools about high fee structure, the education department has put forward a proposal for regulation of school fees. A fee-regulatory mechanism is likely to be implemented soon after the proposal gets nod from UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki. The education department has sent a draft policy for regulation of school fees to the office of the administrator. The issue regarding high school fees at private schools has been raised several times in the past few years.
Not a single parent is enforced or requested to ask their children to get them admitted in these schools and they are in any case prohibited from profiteering and charging any sort of capitation fee. Even the private schools across the nation have to abide by the policies laid down in the RTE. So why then the need arises to interfere in their fee setting process? If parents have a grievance, they can always approach the respective state’s education department.
In this whole melodrama, students are becoming the biggest losers. Schools when charge heavy fees have had to justify each penny charged by them. This all leads to financial pressure on the schools, which in turn will have a domino effect on the quality of education.
It is high time when the government, rather than interfering in the affairs of private schools, should focus on improving the government school network. Mind it, this too will require a helping hand of the private sector. Governments are always short for cash when it comes to the improvement of the society and need this support. To make Indian Education system a grand success, government has to free their minds and not look at private education with suspicion.
Gone are the days when a socialist approach was more than enough for education. At that time, India was newly independent and was in a desperate need of a number of safety nets. But fast forward to 2016, many things have undergone a drastic change and some are in the queue. No sooner the government will realize that over regulation is simply killing innovation, the better it will be for education, pupils and for government too in achieving its set target and goals.