Student to Arvind Kejriwal: Save the School Education
A 12-year-old student Imrana has urged Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to save education in schools. Imrana has written the following open letter to Kejriwal.
Mr. Arvind Kejriwal
October 2, 2019
Subject: Improvement of Education
I am Imrana. I live in J.J. Colony, Sector 3, Phase 3, Dwarka, New Delhi. I want to tell you about education in schools.
First I will tell you why parents send their children to school. When a child is born, some parents think their child will go to school for studying.
But most parents send their children to school for financial aid and midday meals.
They pass 8th class and now they have to pass the 9th class, but they fail in 9th class because those children pass 8 classes without knowing anything. And most students are not able to pass 10th and 12th class.
The students who pass the 10th and 12th class also do not know anything. The teachers allow them to copy. If you install CCTV cameras in the schools, you can know about this fact.
A student who gets more than 90% marks in 12th usually gets admission in the college. While Delhi has about 70 proper colleges, for each seat 10 students compete. So, it is very difficult to get admission in a proper college.
When students are not able to get admission in college, they start taking drugs or commit crimes. Some students who are not able to get admission in proper college go to the school of open learning (SOL) which is not useful. Some students attend random private courses.
Students want to get a job. But they can’t get a job because they do not have the skills that the job needs. Students are not able to get a job even after completing their college. And companies are not able to employ them. All companies are closing because they do not have skilled people. So, unemployment is increasing.
If students can’t get a job, what is the use of education? Now we have to solve this problem so that students are able to get jobs. First we have to improve the education. Teachers should teach modern alternative education to students. This education will help students get jobs.
This education is based on changing job requirements. Teachers have to teach 5 subjects for the first 5 years. These are English, Arithmetic, Information Technology (IT), Moral & Behavioral Education, and a local language such as Hindi. After that the students should get only that education which is required for the job. So, you can teach like this.
If you do not improve education like this then the dependent society will keep increasing. That society can live only on government dole. This is not good for the progress of any country. Therefore, I request that you should try to improve the education of schools quickly.
The writer of this article Imrana (pictured above) is a 12-year-old girl student who has been studying at the RMN Foundation free school for deserving children in Dwarka, New Delhi for the past 4 years. She also participates regularly in the education awareness and environment protection campaigns that RMN Foundation runs in Delhi.
Imrana also plays the lead role in RMN Foundation’s street play – चमेली की पढ़ाई – which highlights the problems in the current education ecosystem.
This article will also be published in the Young Learner news magazine that covers issues related to international school education.
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RMN Kids invites school students, teachers, and parents to contribute their opinion articles, news stories, and information on the education programs in their schools for publication on our news site and in the Young Learner news magazine.