Uniform Syllabus…Why?

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Equality of mankind can never be achieved unless there is equal education.

You can really feel the need for an uniform syllabus for India if you underwent a 12 year schooling in a normal government school and then sit in the IIT entrance examination….   you can really feel heat of a deprived childhood where there are two different worlds in the same country and multiple standards and more than one syllabus.

Uniform Syllabus

The athlete in the inner track will always have an advantage than the one in the outer track in a concentric elliptical track, That’s why they are placed one behind another at the start of the race. But in India children from different economic background go to different standards of schools, but when they are out for building a career they are evaluated by a common scale which is easy for few and a over dose for the others. A poor student from a ‘State Board’ corporation school and a rich student from an ‘ICSE’  boarding school are asked to face the same test when they want to jump into the likes of IIT or IISE.

We are living in a country where education was once forbidden to the majority, Yep the Hindu law allowed only Bhramins to learn. If you are a non Bhramin its illegal to learn in the old system. It was the European missionaries who brought schools where every caste can step in. The colonial lords used schools as a mean to spread Christianity, but on the other side those schools allowed everybody to taste what is modern education. It made a starting point for all non Bhramins to realize that they too can learn and go to a dignified job.  Then after Independence too poverty forced many lower caste/class kids to go for work. There was a change made by leaders like Kamaraj and Periyar who were instrumental in implementing free education. Kamaraj’s policies ensured a school with in every 5 KM radius. And to attract children  from the lower income group to the schools he implemented the ‘Free Meal Scheme’ at all schools. In the middle, the 50’s saw the cruel and un-scientific Kula Kalvi Thittam (Hereditary Education Policy) by C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). The Dravidian movement was so powerful to trash the Kula Kalvi Thittam which was totally aimed at preserving the caste hierarchy. This state has gone through a long trail to bring education to the majority. We have to thank the efforts of all those who worked hard to reach this point where we are today. We need to take the struggle forward…, need to finish the task left out by our predecessors. The task of quality education for all, A same book for the rich and the poor, Same education for the rural and urban, An uniform syllabus for the entire nation. Today in our times every kid goes to school, but there is a standard forced on the children by the system. The system which advocates a different stranded for the Rich, the Middle class and a sub standard education for the poor. Mostly the quality of your education is directly linked to your economic class. You can go to an expensive boarding school or a normal matriculation or even to a government school with few hundreds of rupee as fee, it all depends on the affordability of your parents. These schools not only differ in their look & feel, there is a difference in the quality of education as they follow different syllabus.

It really sounds good when we say “ Equal education for the rich and poor ”  But there are few people out there who oppose it. Yeah.. Its strange but true. There are two types of people opposing the Uniform Syllabus, the first is those who are making money by selling education. Those who own the expensive private schools where the fees varies from tens of thousands to few lakhs of rupees. The second is the newly empowered upper middle class living in the metros, who believe that their children will have an added advantage by studying a syllabus meant for the minority who can afford to pay more. These people are the source for all the rumors which defame the concept of uniform syllabus. Its obvious that the private school owners will oppose the process to equalize the standard of education as it directly affects their income, but its hard to understand the second category of the upper middle class parents who think that they are the most intelligent in this world. They just want their children to achieve an extra milestone just by using their money and not by merit. They have the cruel attitude to stop the poor from learning the same as their children. What type of people they are !… In bus, train, office and every where they spread their comments to confuse the public and they’ve made an impression as if the newly framed uniform syllabus in Tamilnadu is of low standards. If the uniform syllabus is really low of standards we can refine it in the days to come, but we cannot have different syllabus for different schools. When government school/college students are facing lathi charge from Jeyalalitha’s police for supporting Uniform syllabus, there are people living in the high raised flats of Chennai (whose kids go to the expensive Matriculation or other schools meant for higher income group) opposing it. They firmly feel that their children will never be the elite if they compete in the open world where there is a uniform syllabus and an equal standard. Its nothing wrong in pulling their collars & slap them in public.

All types of comments are welcome.

Equal Education


Written by palindia

July 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM

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  1. Very good writing…good analogies, closer to people, and very very angry and angering. Keep up the good work, Palindia.


    July 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

  2. I believe uniform syllabus will create more competition which will increase education standards, which leads to country’s growth. Western countries developed so far because of highest educational standards.

    Also I think there should be someway to get rid of the association between money and higher education, students should study what they are interested to study, it could be IIT, IIM or music.


    July 26, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    • Yes you are right. The real and fair competition will start only after implementing the Uniform Syllabus…. And its going to be a tough one.


      July 27, 2011 at 12:21 AM

  3. I totally agree at your point palindia. It is sad that the elites want to keep the poor people unequal..:(

    Karthick Chidambaram


    July 26, 2011 at 9:53 PM

  4. Great post Palindia. Keep writing. As you said, the arrogance out of the affordability is not willing to hear the ‘others’ and the only way to teach them is to pull the collar and give a tight slap.


    July 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

  5. I strongly object your statement “Hindu law allowed only Bhramins to learn”. Your statement is absolutely wrong. Go and read Dharampal my friend. I do agree that certain Brahmins dominated and classified themselves as belonging to higher caste, but neither the Vedas nor any Hindu law provocates that.


    August 11, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    • Manu Smriti says ” If a shudra ever hears recitation of the vedas molten tin should be poured in his/her ear “


      August 12, 2011 at 12:16 AM

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