There is a crying need to humanise our schools, making them
second homes for children, a place of warmth and security, led by teachers with an ardent
passion for teaching and capable of loving and motivating their children to learn more and
organisations such as NCERT and CBSE should be in the vanguard
of the reform which our schools need so very badly.
Our schools should become welcome places for children, where
there is a lot of fun and laughter. The shrill, uninhibited giggles and laughter and
shouts of our children should eco in our schools. Whimper, tears and cries should
have no place in our schools. Teachers should be foster-parents, who gently, yet
firmly guide the destinies of the children in their care. They must love and respect
the children, so they would get the same in return from the children. Teachers
should not only teach their children well, they must also treat their children well.
That would make a good school, for there is no greater hope for our country than good
schools, which are effective schools, in a very real sense.
A two-pronged strategy is required. What is urgently
required is an administrative and legislative initiative to ensure violence-free
schooling. Stringent laws are required to put an end to all forms of violence on
children in schools and homes. The second strategy involves programmes to
conscientise teachers to the above reforms needed in our schools. Teacher training
programmes should include curricular components giving a vital thrust to a new schooling
where love and care form the bedrock of a childs education. Fear and
punishment should have no place in a school set-up. Learning may be rigorous, but
not an ordeal in such a school. Such a one may be called a `positively effective school.