Education is most important factor for the upliftment of society.
Its light that brightens the view for development of society. It defines line between a man and a brute. But still millions of children are being denied of school education due to discrimination in our country. Discrimination in education is defined by the discrimination against people belonging to some categories set up by society. It is a violation of human rights enunciated by UN and our constitution.
This discrimination can be based on race, sex, disability, ethnicity, economic condition, nationality, age and religion. Roughly around a 5 million student drop out of Indian school before 8 grade, and most of these are from tribal communities, Muslim and lower caste. Discrimination against these children in school means most vulnerable and poorest section getting left out from nation’s progress. They are insulted, made sit separately, do minor jobs and many more.
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Lack of effective mechanism of monitoring to check prejudice by school staff, reduces their chances of upliftment from society. Education is necessary because it helps us to find better job and break away these social and economic restraints. Student who drop out often end up in working in the fields or some factories. Roughly 13 million children in India are engaged in child labour most of whom are minorities.
Surveys were conducted after 4 years of implementation of RTI (Right to Education) act, guaranteeing free schooling from 6 to 14 ages children.
Many students were enrolled but due to widespread prejudice and lack of teacher attitude, have made it very difficult to keep them in schools.
The need to adopt more effective measure to monitor the treatment of these vulnerable children is important. The state and central government should create transparent indicators to address and detect discrimination in schools, and properly lay out appropriate disciplinary measures for those who hinder RTI. The government should also initiate proper training of teachers, so they could end exclusion and facilitate more interaction between different backgrounds children.
Education is key to all problem, if countered properly it can make nation an example of prosperity. The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. If we place the foundation of young minds on some discrimination facts it will collapse one day or another. The need for broader mind of school staff and society is needed to crumble this disgrace.