Tamil Nadu Government : Do you want Laptop?
Student : No
Tamil Nadu Government : Do you want Bicycle?
Student : No
Tamil Nadu Government : Then what else you need?
Student : Sir,if you have some text books to study,please give them.
I got this as a forward SMS today.And this is the condition of Tamil Nadu school students right now.They don't know what to study.Who is the main reason for this?Let us see.
Last year the DMK government in Tamil Nadu introduced this 'Uniform Syllabus Education'(Samacheer Kalvi). Then this year elections were conducted and TN got a new CM,Ms.Jayalalitha.After taking over as CM,she announced that the Samacheer Kalvi scheme will be postponed and it will not be implemented in its current format.The new ADMK govt claims that the USE(Uniform Syllabus Education) has a sub-standard syllabus. Moreover there are complaints that there are some lessons which preaches the ideologies of one political party. It is also said that a book carries a poem written by Mrs.Kanimozhi,.our former CM Mr.Karunanidhi's daughter.
In every Tamil book,there will be 'Thamizhthaai Vaazhthu'.This time,something called 'Semmozhi Vaazhthu' has been included.It was written by none other than our great former CM M Karunanidhi.DMK lost in the recent assembly elections.Had they won,they would have 'Kalaignarized' this state(Tamil Nadu).They even might have added some lessons like Kalaignar is called the father of the nation,only Kalaignar presided over the Dandi march etc.I haven't seen the poem written by Kanimozhi.But just because Karunanidhi was CM and Kanimozhi was his daughter,their poems were included in text books.Now this Kanimozhi is in jail for her alleged role in the 2G spectrum issue,Do we really need lessons and poems by these people?Will this not mislead the next generation children?
The next issue in this scheme, in its present format, is its standard.I read some Tamil text books which is based on this Samacheer Kalvi.But I couldn't read all the books,to make a conclusion about the standard of the syllabus. But what I heard from people is the standard maintained in this syllabus is not good.Generally the matriculation schools will follow a reasonably good standard.When it comes to standard of education,CBSE syllabus is the best.The Tamil Nadu state board syllabus was not as good as these two,but still it was kind of ok.What people generally feel is that, the previous govt,instead of implementing the matriculation or CBSE kind of syllabus to all schools,has implemented the state board kind of normal syllabus to all schools.
This will do no good to this state.First of all there is no need to implement an uniform syllabus to all the schools.The choice of choosing stateboard or matriculation or CBSE or anything else should be left to the individual.All are playing politics with this issue.I saw an interview of VCK leader Mr.Thirumavalavan,in which he said,children of 'Agraharam' (meaning Brahmins) and other communities should get the same kind of education.I don't know from where does this word 'Agraharam' comes in this issue.Does caste really matters here?It doesn't really.I have seen so many 'Agraharam' children studyingi n stateboards and other community children studying in other boards.There is no restriction like only a so and so community kid will be admitted in a school.Still for the sake of votebank and publicity people speak all non-sense here.
Now let us come to the present tense.DMK did a mistake by including poems of Karunandhi,Kanimozhi etc and by degrading the standard - agreed.What the next govt did?It withheld implementing this scheme as such and passed an order that the old syllabus will be followed for the current academic year.Atleast had that order materialized,by this time,75% of portions would have been completed for 10th std students.But some social activist filed a case against this order.I don't know what really the person who filed this case is going to gain by filing a case against this.Then the High Court passed an order to follow the Samacheer Kalvi.It gave an option to edit the 'unwanted' portions.So this itself shows the nature of that Samacheer Kalvi.
If this is a responsible government,what it should have done?It should have accepted the high-court order and it should have given a go-ahead for the USE.Instead of doing that the government approached the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court upheld the High Court's judgement and asked the govt to form an expert committee and to submit its reports on the USE.Again the High Court was not convinced on the findings of the committee and it again ordered to follow the USE.Now again the case is in Supreme Court.For her personal ego,Jayalalithaa shouldn't have played on the life of the students.
I have seen lot of anxious parents.They are really scared about the future of their children.One man said like this with an worried face :
"my son is in his 10th std now.Already its July end..Just 5 more months to go.Then revision tests and practical board examinations will start from the month of January and he will be writing his final exams on March end.But till now nothing is clear.Am really scared about his future.."
This is the feeling of almost all the parents right now.Is Ego really bigger than the future of these children?The court gave the option to edit the lessons.The govt could have very well edited the poems of Karunanidhi and Kanimozhi and it could have implemented the syllabus as such for the current academic year.They can plan perfectly and implement a standard syllabus from the next academic year.None can stop that.I don't know what Madam Jayalalithaa is going to lose by doing this.
Let us assume that the standard of USE in its current format is poor.But now there is no other option.We are running out of time.Teachers should complete the syllabus as soon as possible.So the govt should continue with the USE in its current format for this academic year.Until we get horse,we can make use of donkey - Mr.Vijayakanth,Leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu assembly, said this.He hardly speaks anything nowadays :D,but in this issue I am ready buy his opinion..
As I said earlier,there is no necessity to implement an uniform syllabus to all schools.That will not result in any extra-ordinary performance.But if an uniform syllabus is implemented, it should be done properly and the govt should see that the standard of syllabus is good. But as long as one such syllabus is prepared,the govt should go ahead with the USE or Samacheer Kalvi syllabus for the current academic year.But the Karunanidhi and Kanimozhi portions has to be deleted for sure.
The only reason for putting this scheme on hold is nothing but this was introduced by Karunanidhi.The govt can't claim that they are doing this for the welfare of children by keeping their future in their mind.If the govt had any such thought,it wouldn't have dragged this issue to Supreme Court and high court like this.
A normal person's ego will destroy him alone.But here,ego of a responsible person,honorable CM is giving sleepless nights to thousands of students and parents.God save this state from these Dravidian parties.