If Dr Abdul Kalam hopes to see positive media that helps in improve the society- I pray that there should be socially & ethically responsible news reporters who have the gift to discern between news and useless facts.
Similarly I hope that our legislators will fulfil their role as people’s representatives- not representatives of their own political aspirations.
Since March’09 the print and electronic media devoured on the protests made by parents associations of a few schools in the city and the victims of this media hunger are the schools that have nothing to do with all this fee controversy.
I always thought that the print media being the older cousin of the electronic media-will be discerning enough before printing news reports. My opinion is that we have educated, rational and discerning adults in newspapers who weigh the veracity of a situation before printing it as a report. In this case of DFRC acting as a watch-dog on schools-my opinion has changed.
The new TV channels-I cant blame as I think that their reporters are not trained into anything called social responsibility or ethical role of news.
If a few schools have raised their fee and the parents of those schools have protested –why did our government act hastily and punish all the schools in the state?
Hundreds of schools that are functioning with all norms in place are going to face the brunt of the babus now. Its a well known fact that where govt is concerned –files move at a snail’s pace.
When the DFRC called for all schools meet, it was heart warming to see the owners of schools from rural areas. Their list of woes was endless. Most of them started schools in their villages for a livelihood and generating employment locally as well as giving the best education they can within their means. They are frequently fleeced by the local politicians and goonda elements. With all this they are barely able to make both ends meet. And now they are bogged down with this GO that says DFRC is your boss.
I have nothing against DFRC. I am sure that the govt has done this with sincere intentions of preventing commercialization by schools. But the question is- 'is the govt so well manned and well equipped that it can check all private schools fee structure meticulously?'-
If they are so professional why are they not able to run their own govt schools effectively ? Why will people opt for private schools if govt schools are run so well? And it is no secret that anything that gets into the control of the govt has to face red tapism. God save all the private schools from henceforth.
Who is responsible for all this? I blame the media for overplaying the issue of a few schools and bringing wrath of the government on all schools.
I wish the govt had been judicious and checked only those schools that were complained about and spared their axe on the rest. Guess discerning people are few even in the govt.
Another story of ‘The media instigates and the government (over)reacts’ - the telugu pride.
A rural school punishes children with placards of no telugu and the news hungry reporter made an issue out of it. I am personally and professionally against any kind of punishments.
Parents demand schools that their children should speak in English and they even say that ‘punish or push but make my child speak in English’. In this case the poor teacher has done what she knows in her limited exposure.
Whether the parents are appalled at it or not I do not know but the special protection force of telugu pride have suddenly risen like the phoenix.
To ensure that this issue is not capitalised by the opposition the quick witted minister passed the verdict-‘sing ma telugu talliki’ in all schools- mandatorily.
Mother tongue is an inherent skill. It is neither learnt because of a GO nor ignored because of learning another language.
When will we have relief from these petty political masquerades and truly fight for a cause ?
If Telugu Bhasha parirakhsana samithi has noble intentions-they would fight for the disrespectful telugu used in movies, condemn the butchering of the language in the name of songs and stories-guess they would do it if it gets a political mileage.
The irony is that important issues like news reports on corruption, illegal occupations or crime, get no instant(or late) reaction from the govt but cases like fee regulation or telugu pride- a GO comes like a missile. Guess it has its own financial and political connotations to it !!!
I am an optimist-therefore I hope that balanced and thinking adults will get into media to ensure that the social fabric of the society is kept in tact.
I also hope that capable and concerned adults will assume the positions in the government.
Lastly I hope that voters will vote for a true leader and not a shammer.