May be I am not able to explain what I want to. All I want to say is, isn’t it too expensive price for an overly hyped product – the convent education claiming to provide an all round development of the child.
If I look back at my schooling, it’s been all in schools sponsored by RSS. And the education has been cheap and good.
RSS is an organization which has its roots deep in the society. Most claim the roots to be limited to the upper caste but I beg to differ. Its is one of the best, committed to the society and country, cultured and intellectual bunch of students, teachers, businessmen, politicians, policemen, servicemen, unemployed and whatever you can think of. I agree that RSS might have lost some of its good name thanks to its political affiliations but it still stands tall. After all, if an organization after continuous black painting on its name by media which was backed by a family of prime ministers for so long, its has to have its worth in gold.
The schools run by RSS, especially Sharaswati Shishu Mandir, provide quality education which comes at an affordable price for most. The education keeps you informed about your own culture, history and instills pride & values. A critical eye points out their lesser focus on English as a language but that is an operational issue. The real problem is that sometime they get carried away by their religious commitments and over do things.
I am not saying at all that other means of education are any inferior but I am just highlighting and praising a system of education providers built by a very respectable organization RSS. This system is loosing its sheen to the convent education system, at least in the cities I have seen over the last few years. I have interacted some of the products of this convent education system over the last few years and have been stunned by them. Every time you say a number higher than ten in Hindi say chaubees (24), you invariably get the same reply – “How much is chaubees?”. For most of them, Christmas is The Festival when they run around as if they were born in Vatican City and imported to India on a special order from Mother Teresa. I don’t say don’t celebrate a festival because it’s not in your religion but why can’t you remember when does Indian new year start? They would have heard about Premchandra but would know all about Othello andMacbeth. And they speak at the rate of four “F” every sentence.
Common, I am sounding like a preacher out to purify the society. But I see this most of this modern convent education as a tool to misdirect and westernize and RSS schools otherwise. Only if they can modernize a little bit and do away with extreme fundamentalism. One of my friends has actually met a class 12th student speaking in a complete US accent and asking him, “Oh, you are from Jharkhand? Which state is it in?” or I have met a convent educated girl who didn’t have the slightest of clues about Jaliyanwala Bagh. I cannot believe one can forget or miss these things. Only possibility is that you were never taught about them.
Post 1947, RSS sponsored schools were a good base to build a generation which was proud of what it is. It worked quite well for decades but now has started loosing to Macaulay’s dream, at least in that is what my perception is.
Just before I sign off, I switched on “Aaj Tak” and stopped by because they have breaking news. Sherlyn Chopra, some item girl, is banned from her gym because they found her clothes to be too short. Aaj Tak helped the aggrieved lady by giving its ears to her on prime time. As I swapped the channels, “Headlines Today” was also interviewing her and they actually made her stand and turn around to prove that her cloths were actually not very small. Aaah….I love these news channels.