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New Education Policy only aims at human training for career building for job market

By Harasankar Adhikari 

The National Education Policy 2020 claims to be the best education policy so far after independence. But is it so? Where is the special place for morality and the quality in education? What would be the quality of teachers and teaching? It is very familiar that "India has no education system, but it has a system of examination." Education is no more for man making. It is a human training for career building. In every sphere of society, it has been established that education is an instrument and an investment to make individual lives happy and healthy. It now shapes one as a self-centered and greedy person.
Education means earning a degree to sell oneself on the job market. Educational competitionis restricted within the grades. Education is no more an instrument for growth and development of inversely, morality and responsibility towards family as well as society. It is no longer a process of being and becoming.
Teachers are now the instructors to make it one in job market to meet the target of the employers. Rabindranath Tagore opined:
“A teacher can never truly teach unless he too continues to teach himself. One lamp can never light another unless it continues to burn its own flames. Similarly, the teacher who has come to the end of his subject, and has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lessons to his students, can only burden their minds, he cannot inspire them. Truth not only must inform but also inspire; if this inspiration dies out and information merely keeps on accumulating, then truth loses its infinity."
Teaching and learning systems are syllabus centric for higher grade in examination and syllabus is usually designed according to the policy of the political party in rule. There is always an initiative to orient and motivate the future generation for the sake of the interest of the particular political party. In education, there is rare place of moral education. Some education institutions (private) take some projects for its publicity through involvement of students in some welfare projects. Unfortunately, it is a process of marketing. They forget, “charity begins at home." The family and neighbourhood community are today very self- centered and jealousy stings.
At present, teachers from the school level to the university are only performing their jobs for their own purposes of a good salary and social prestige. They are no more second guardian. They are corrupted and dangerous for the children because their teaching quality, responsibility towards students, and so on are questioned. 
Furthermore, they are not relied on more because of their behaviour in and outside of class. Characterless people do not influence to make a good character and morality. All of them are taking advantage of politics. So, may at present situation, a teacher be considered as torch-bearer? There is an absence of “a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
In West Bengal, it has been observed that majority of the teachers are coming and going without their jobs. They only instruct the students; they do not solve their academic problems. Further, their quality and entry into education are now spotlighted because of paramount corruption. So, what is our democratic government producing? For this derivation in education and teachers as key actors influences a broken society and broken family.
Will the teachers rectify themselves without any politics, considering their noble duties and responsibilities towards the future of human society?

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