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Thursday, 23 August 2012

When the wife is pregnant....



Is Education that complicated....?


From the dusty pathways that lead to thatched roofed rural schools in Bangladesh to the neat boulevards that lead to classy schools in Sweden, I have walked through the education, many times in my life and witnessed the reality... which, one will never see by browsing through internet or talking to a third party.

However, I have not seen anywhere in the world that education is as complicated as that in Sri Lanka...

1. When the wife is pregnant, the couple runs like mad horses; looking for house addresses in the vicinity of popular schools and getting OBU/OGU membership.... Suddenly becoming so generous that they look for people in connection with popular schools to give big donations..sometimes even forcefully.........

2.  Mothers become half mad in taking their 10 year old kids to tuition classes until 12 O' clock midnight to get them pass the so called "Grade 5 Scholarship".......and aunts, uncles, grand parents, neighbours, friends, friends of relatives, relatives of friends...etc. etc. are keener on the kid's exam than his own parents..

3. Students sit for the exam called "Ordinary Level" and find the questions are extraordinarily tough and finally discover that the setter has made an ordinary mistake in the question.

4. Get through "Advanced Level" at 19 years of age to find that there is something called "Z-Score" on which their chance of entering a university depends.... and that Zzzzz thing is debated upon for months and years by the whole country.....even in the supreme court and the parliament.

5. Get into universities and find that there are no one to teach... 'cause the lecturers are on strike

6. When the lecturers start teaching; someone among the students find some reasons to strike...No education again

7. Even when education is given in full blast, what is taught is nothing but some notes prepared in the early 60s.. Thus, the whole education is on "HISTORY".......  

8. Passing out with colours, a majority finds that nobody is there to get their service....'cause they are not smart enough....and every graduate thinks that it is a duty of the government to give them a job.....

9. And by the time that any job-on-offer is grabbed, the graduate is married and the wife is expecting........  the cycle repeats...........

10. Those who get away from the vicious cycle at the end of stage 9 will leave the country, making the entire investment on his/her education by the nation in vain. 



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