Tuesday, February 20, 2007


For few people education means something other than a means to get a job. And few employers would deny that experience counts more than many other qualities. In that case, if I start working at an early stage in my life, earning my wages, gaining experience, I don’t understand why anyone should have a problem. When I do not find either history or calculus helping me much nor do I find that my brooding over the reproductive system of cockroach earn me anything, why should I be forced to do anything like that? If someone is really concerned about my well-being, he/she can give me a loan when I feel proficient enough to set up a mechanic shop after gaining a thorough understanding of auto parts at the garage where I started my work as a cleaner. But I really cannot understand their intention of snatching away my job from me, handing me books on atoms and circles while my heart wanders around auto parts and later tell me that I am unemployable because I neither have experience nor high percentages. I find this bewildering. Either the employers should train me and employ me or I should be handed books that make me employable. When they are not ready to do either of the things, they should allow me to do what I find more convenient. I guess I made myself clear enough…if you still hold any doubts, you can always find me at the local shop few steps down your street.

‘Child Labour’


Gaurav said...

Well, the purpose of education is not just getting a job, it's definitely much more - it adds to ones personality in a wholistic manner - not just the curricullum , but the values you instill as a part of your interaction with teachers and peers.
While one could debate on whether you really need to learn a cockroach (the doctors might say it was a starting point in their journey) or atoms (which some physicists might think is useful), but one surely can't undermine the importance of formal education.
While some might be smart enough and lucky to start as a cleaner and set up a mechanic shop, there would be many who would continue to live in miserable conditions unaware of the numerous opprotunities, their rights (both as a child and a worker).
While preventing children from working is one part of the solution, the complete solution is in providing quality education and healthcare.

GNAN said...

India doesnot have the infrastrcuture in education which is sustainable. Only the rich can afford to send thier children to these schools

the poor have to suffer at government schools where the teacher is absent, incompetent and or charges the pupil if he enters the class.

I have been teaching at a slum ngo school as the government school doesnot have a teacher-i take his place in teaching english

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