Strike a balance
Post by RK News on Wednesday, August 2, 2023
In recent years, the escalating trend of commercialization in the education sector has been a topic of heated debate across the globe and Kashmir is not an exception. It has emerged as a major public concern in the valley as a result of the rapid growth of private institutions and coaching centers. This mushrooming of private institutions in every nook and corner of the valley is posing a challenging conundrum for educators, and to the common masses. The increasing privatization and commercialization of education presents a complex narrative intertwined with both promise and peril. On one hand, commercialization has introduced a competitive edge to education in Kashmir, with private institutions vying to offer superior educational services. This competition has led to improved infrastructure, the introduction of advanced learning technologies, and a broader curriculum that goes beyond the traditional rote learning. Furthermore, it has created an environment conducive to the employment of highly skilled educators, thereby raising the bar for quality education. However, the commercialization of education also brings with it a slew of concerns. The most predominant among them is the widening gap between the privileged and the underprivileged. As education turns into a commodity, it is those with deeper pockets who are afforded the luxury of high-quality education, leaving the economically disadvantaged sections struggling with subpar facilities. The dream of universal education, enshrined in the Indian Constitution, seems to be fading amidst the glitter of commercialization. Moreover, the shift in focus from knowledge acquisition to profit generation has led to an education system that is transactional, rather than transformative. Many experts are of the opinion that education is no longer about creating well-rounded individuals with a deep understanding of the world. Instead, it is increasingly about the generation of revenue, with the needs of students often sidelined in the quest for financial gain. Therefore, while the commercialization of education brings with it the hope of improved quality, it is essential not to lose sight of the broader social responsibilities of education. Commercialization of education should not be about making education a profitable business venture only, but about instilling a sense of social consciousness, nurturing critical thinking, and fostering empathy in the hearts of the students, rather than just preparing them to ace examinations. While privatization of education has become a reality that cannot be ignored in today’s world, the need of the hour is to find a way, ensuring that education continues to be a right, not a privilege, and that it remains a tool for social transformation, not just commercial gain. It is only then that we can hope for a better and more vibrant tomorrow.