Dated- October 17, 2017
TNT- the Northeast Today
Educationist and MP Richard Hay recently said the country(India) needed a revised curriculum to raise the standard of education. Talking about our state Meghalaya in general and I would like to stress that there are schools in the rural areas being neglected to such an extent that when they start facing the real world it becomes a bigger task to overcome.
One such incident was in Laitkor when one of the ward whom I know personally told me that they will be getting a holiday next week to clean the school and when checking the notebook the list of items for cleaning puzzled myself it ranged from spade, sickle etc…
Logic here is unknown it does not mean that when the school is located either in the outskirts or elsewhere, children’s participation in cleaning the school is one step towards earning grades. Wikipedia defined Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) a subject in Indian schools where students can choose from a number of vocational education activities – knitting, gardening, cooking, painting, carpentry and other crafts and hobbies, and clubbed community service for senior students (class IX on wards). This is for a child of class IV!
I do not mean to deride any values in it but to keep the school clean and cleaning the school are two different aspects and I hope that schools in the future would understand this very well.
C. L. Kharkongor