Is Education Affordable in India?

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An economy can solely progress with an advancement of educational reforms. In a country like India, where one-third of its population lives in the rural areas and are mostly suffering from poverty, quality education in rural areas should be given utmost priority. Government schools are available but what is required is an education system which does not focus on providing just education but making people eligible for the job market.

APS (Affordable Private Schools) can be seen as an alternative, working in various parts of India mainly for low-income group families who want their children to have an English medium education. This certainly provides opening and an opportunity for accessing quality education for families which are not financially stable. Private school education is pretty expensive in India and when it comes to reputed private schools the ladder begins most certainly from the upper middle class.

The scenario is same for colleges. Government colleges, however, do provide quality education along with low fee structure, but very few people get in due to a tough selective process applied by the college authorities. Not all students thus get taken in and rather have to opt for the more expensive private college education. Studying for professional courses is even more expensive and we frequently hear the burden of loan taken by the students while studying in these institutions despite being selected on a tough merit basis.

All these begin to question the current educational system and are they at all meant to be afforded by all? The Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and their likes tend to provide education in rural areas but when these institutions compete with private English medium based schools, the later always has a leg up. Thus, the question of affordable quality based education for the majority of people in India is still a dream until major educational reforms are taken to fix this lopsided affair.

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Rituparna Das
Student Reporter at Linkfried, Rituparna is a student of Yadavpur University, Calcutta. She writes about Education News, Information , announcement From calcutta.