Lack of basic infrastructure, teacher absenteeism and low learning levels of students are the first things that would pop into one’s head when they hear of Government Schools in India.
Although this is true, there are certain Government schools in our country which entirely contradict this image of conventional Government Schools.
It is now an established fact that Private schools are better than Government Schools and they outperform Government Schools in almost all aspects but there are certain Government schools which are as good as these private schools if not better. The following schools are a few examples of the good government schools.
Kendriya Vidyalaya’s are the Central Government Schools. There are over a thousand Kendriya Vidyalaya in India.
Jadavpur Vidyapith of Kolkata is a Government aided school in West Bengal. This school has an in-house teacher training institute as well.
Hyderabad Public School is a privately funded public school and is known for its Conducive environment.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are public residential schools for gifted children. Their objective is to find talented/gifted children in rural areas of India and to provide them good with good education.
According to a survey conducted by the education world, Government schools in Kerala are among the best schools in our country.
These schools beyond doubt are among the best schools in our country. These schools follow the Right to Education act and twenty five per cent of seats in these schools are reserved for the under privileged and minority sections. But not everything is black and white.
Central Government Schools give preference to children of defence personnel, central government and state government employees, but are not restricted only to them. These schools are testament to the fact that not all Government Schools are bad.
There exists a huge disparity among Government Schools and there is a dire need to bring homogeneity. If the accountability and transparency of the Government schools is monitored/ increased and if some changes are made to the dysfunctional Government schools including the ones the at grass root level, it could potentially solve the education crisis in India to a major extent. Most things are easier said than done and this is no easy task.
But as Bryant McGill said, “Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand and process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away.”