Not one quality school for half a million people
OT, 0 IST
Okhla Times School Reporter/Jamia Nagar
Some parents in the Okhla locality are opposed to the point system that will be put into practice this time for nursery admission in schools. They feel that point system decreases the chance of their children to get admission in good schools. “The biggest fault of the point system is that schools give preference to students who reside close to school. With no good school in the whole area our children end up a looser,” said a local on condition of anonymity. There are other parents like him who want the lottery system to be implemented.
But it appears that with the Delhi government also supporting the point system it would be difficult for schools to go for the lottery system this year. Many parents are upset with the prevailing system. According to some parents, there is no quality school in the Okhla region where more than highly-educated four lakh Muslims reside. “This is a shame!!! To get admission in good schools you have to go outside. Our children fail to make it to good schools because of the point system,” said Nilu Khanam, a stay-at home mother who is planning to get her under four-year-old son admitted to some good school.
She said: “I surveyed the area and couldn’t find a quality school here. It is the sad tale of a society we live in. Just imagine 99 per cent of the people are educated and they can’t effort to run a top quality school. It appears that the Muslim leadership is busy with other important things. They don’t give importance to quality education.” Of late many schools have mushroomed in the locality. But all of them are of low quality, complained a local. Also, schools being run by nationally-famed religious organization in AFE are not of good quality. Other schools are run from houses.
“They are just into making money. Most of the schools don’t concentrate on quality education. During admission time they promise English education. But the teachers are least bothered and despite an English school tag teachers talk in Hindi,” said Arib Khan. Quality education and good schools are a big issue for parents living in the area.
A senior Bangalore-based Muslim journalist told OKHLA TIMES over the phone: “All Muslim organizations have their headquarters in Okhla locality but they are least bothered to tackle this important issue of quality education. Their claim of great work and uplift of community is hypocrisy.” He blamed the Muslim leadership, local MLA and MPs for the current situation. “The problem is that the so called community leaders are not bothered about all these important things.” Where are the leaders and people who can understand the importance of good schools and quality education? Will Okhla that is a ‘ghetto’ for the outside world ever get a quality school?
Posted on 12.13.2010 at 5:34:27
I have two points to make: (1) This area doesn't even have playing grounds, Mother dairy milk-booths, hospitals etc. Where will we get space to get a good school. (2) By saying there are no quality schools in Okhla area, you are completely ignoring that Jamia Nagar has been created around a world-renowned university, Jamia Millia, which has its own school that was once one of the best schools of Delhi. Even today the local residents are opting to get their children admitted to Jamia school. You should mention what problem it has if you think it doesn't serve the purpose.
|Dr Wajahat Farooqui ( Alig )|
Posted on 12.13.2010 at 7:30:27
Okhla standard is really unbelievable. It is so backward in schooling. Why Jamia Millia University staff association start an educational drive to improve the pathetic conditions of future generation of Muslim children ....However this is matter of grave concern & needs to be resolved along with Muslim representative those who are living in these vicinity ,,,,,,A healthy debate may pave the way for resolution of most important requirement ,,,,schooling,,,,Okhla Times ....a job well done ,,,Thanks for these genuine concerns.....Best Regards
Posted on 12.13.2010 at 21:53:50
"Why Jamia Millia University staff association start an educational drive to improve the pathetic conditions of future generation of Muslim children."
Dr. Wajahat Farooqui, I do not know the answer to your question. But, I do know that academics tend to shy away from leading roles in government because they see its ways as beneath them. Certainly there is much change to be effected in our society through what happens at college campuses.