The Onus of Responsibility

The Onus of Responsibility
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The Jammu and Kashmir administration has approved and agreed to bring the Rehber a Taleem (ReT’s) teachers under the ambit of the 7th Pay Commission , after months’ long protests. While this will bring some relief to the ReT’s, but now the onus of improving education in far flung rural areas falls on them. It is a sad and an ungainly fact that government schools in both rural and urban areas underperform their peers badly. This leads to a badly skewed and slanted field in the domain of education, especially at a time when education is viewed by the people of Kashmir as the pathway for social and economic mobility. The burden of poor education is borne by the vulnerable and deprived sections of society in Kashmir who cannot send their children to private schools. As such, their life chances get negatively affected; at times, these children drop out from schools and their lives become a matter of drift; but, most often, because of the poor education in government schools, these children are not only deprived of a robust education but also there’s hardly any robust career pathways available to them. They are , because of the nature of education in government schools frozen out of the completion by their better educated peers in the private school system. It then is incumbent upon the Government school teachers to take their role and duty to educate seriously and ethically and upgrade education in government schools. Admittedly, the existing infrastructure in government schools is poor and shoddy but this does not and should not mean that teachers are absolved of their responsibilities. At the end of the day, it is the nature of teacher student interaction and the dedication of teachers toward their students that can actually make a huge differences to the lives of pupils, despite or inspite of the allied infrastructure. In lieu of this then teachers , especially ReT’s must gird their loins, so to speak, and do their utmost to do their bit to improve the quality of education in these schools. This is not a favor that they will be doing to these children but constitute and duty and obligation on part of teachers. Poorly skewed and slated educational fields lead to poor outcomes thereby affecting negatively the life chances of students in government schools. It is then about time to remedy this structural imbalance and held the children of the underprivileged to reach their potential!