Most of the issues plaguing India’s education system may be attributed to defective policymaking, but the Brain Drain question is directly linked to a dearth of competent teachers, said panelists discussing the issue.
“The pay in government schools has risen while private schools pay very low amounts. But the results are the opposite. Why? This is because in government schools you cannot dismiss the teacher for not being competent. Even if you do, they will go to the courts, which side with them. Private schools send them out if they’re no good,” said Farooq Abdullah, explaining that if there was no accountability, standards would not improve and brain drain would only increase.
BJP leader Arun Shourie said at a particular level, brain drain could be addressed by bettering teachers’ quality and people’s perception of it. “We have 7 lakh headmasters and we need training institutes for them. There’s no shortage of institutes for teacher training here as we have 14,000 compared to China’s 66. It’s what we do with them that counts,” he said.
Defending the ‘loss of teaching quality’, Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju said, “After the RTE bill was passed, the expansion in capacity has hit quality. Sudden demand for faculty led to a drop in standards of those coming out of colleges,” he said, adding in the 12th five year plan, `6,400 cr had been earmarked for teacher training.