“ONE NATION ONE EDUCATION”
“ONE NATION ONE EDUCATION”
As per the the National policy on Education, the structure of education should be uniform throughout the nation. But why should we stop this with the structure only?. Why can’t there be a uniform syllabus across the country ?. The policy should not only formulate compulsory and free education, but also make sure that the quality of education provided is not discriminatory based on caste, creed, social and economic backgrounds. Napolean Bonaparte had said , “Equality should be the chief basis of the education of youth”. So unless equality is achieved in education, we can’t have an equal society.
According to Dr. Abdul Kalam , “All of us do not have equal talents , but all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents. But is it really so?
In India , children come from different economic, social and religious background. They go to different schools , where the quality and standard of syllabus varies according to the different boards. The disparity in syllabus creates a knowledge gap among the students which inturn leads to inferior and superior complex among them. But once they complete the schooling and have to choose a career , they are all measured on a similar scale by keeping a common test , which then becomes very difficult and challenging for a child from a rural area. This should not be the case. We had several instances of young aspirants who end up being a victim to anxiety and depression unable to cope up with the challenges mainly because of the disparity in education . We cannot forget the incident in our state where a meritorious student who scored high marks in the higher secondary examination took her life as she could not fare well in the competitive exam. Who is to blame for this?
Whether a child goes to a private school or Govt. school, whether the child is rich or poor, or from a rural or urban area, the syllabus and the curriculum should be the same as the quality of education cannot be different even if there is a difference in the quality of infrastructure or other facilities . To resolve the widening gap between the poor and rich and urban and rural, we need to have a uniform syllabus where everyone will read the same book. With a uniform syllabus, no child will lag behind the other and we don’t have to make such hue and cry over the competitive exams like NEET.
To achieve socio economic justice to the society , which is necessary for the deprived sections of our society, our country should provide uniform education with common syllabus and curriculum to all the children throughout the nation. Let the children across the country, irrespective of economic status learn in the same way and understand that we are all one as a nation.
To recapitulate, common or uniform education is not only necessary for the socio economic equality, but also to ensure the dignity of an individual and for the integrity and unity of the nation. It is high time the Government introspect this and come out with a plan so that one group of students do not benefit over the other because of the disparity in education system. To remove this educational disparity and for bringing the “One nation one education’’ system , impetus and support from the elite of the society and bureaucrats is inevitable. Let us all march together to fructify this dream.
-Mrs. Sunitha Raghu