By Mohammad Shoaib
If we accept that the purpose of any organization, public or private, is to build a quality product or perform a quality service, then we must also accept that the workers in the organization must do quality work and that the job of the manager is to see that this occurs. In schools, the students are the workers, and right now none is doing quality work in class. Those who manage in the schools- teachers who manage students directly and administrators who manage students directly and administrators who manage teachers and some students – are, in most instances, highly dedicated, humane people who have tried very hard but have yet to figure out how to manage so that students do significant amounts of quality work. Is this problem unsolvable?
We don’t have experts who would teach us how to achieve high quality at low cost. Can anyone lead us how to make the education system non-coercive to bring quality? The mother of all realities here is that only few wards are getting quality education in our society in some missionary schools. What I have found remarkable in them is their dedication and hard work towards achieving the all round excellence. But I aspire that all students should experience quality education in our society. Once the students find themselves in gaining some quality they will try to accelerate this option, just as we continue to buy the quality products of advanced countries.
The head or the higher ups cannot compel teachers to do quality work. Control theory contends that no one can make so that the workers or the students can easily see a strong connection between what they are asked to do and what they believe is quality. And as long as we continue to embrace expediency (get them through) as an excuse to compromise on quality, our schools, colleges and universities already behind, will continue to slip. Take a look at the University of Kashmir especially at its Department of History which started evening batches to generate some revenue without giving damn concern for quality.
A department already starved of quality and efficient staff (except few good names, but those were overpowered by some high approached persons quite before their deliverance for good). This Department to my live experiences is as good as the Czar regime. This department is responsible to initiate the action of producing raw material more than quality products, and created an atmosphere of clumsiness in higher education. This is not only the fate of only one Department but experiences reveal the same stories of other departments too.
Now take the example of Department of Education in both Universities of Kashmir ( Central and State) . I have found some students of these two institutions without any set objectives in their life. They even lack the actual essence of educational philosophies and their practical application in real life situations. They restrain and remain resistant to change, and then what is the fun of achieving and mastering in education? They are not exposed to modernity and liberal ideas and lack to evolve the things in critical manner. I’m not pointing my figure against all but frequent cases happen to be like this. Can this be the solution to bring out the constructive changes in our structures? These M.A’s can be our future pillars, so change in mental set up and attitude can bring us sound educationists with holistic approach of life. Therefore, the shortage of effective experts, teachers is not a problem, it can be solved by a new structure. But, it arises how we train and manage these outgoing masters. It can be solved by improving the way we do this, no matter what the structure of the school or university. Teachers who are effective managers will be effective in any school setting, but they will be less effective if they are managed differently from the way they manage students. Our teachers and professors should not celebrate the call for hartals as a breeze of new life. Most of our teacher community has become the regular scream readers of newspapers only to see the Hurriyat calendars for strike schedules, so that they can arrange the order of their domestic activities accordingly; some even go for weeding on their fields and neglect the school related affair easily. If this is the esprit de corps of our pillar community, what can be expected from others? We need integrated and cooperative study which works well for the students.
—The author from Uttersoo, Anantnag, is a Civil Service Aspirant. He can be reached: Shaibm60@gmail.com