Tuitions cost, and how! Rediff reports that industry body Assocham has found that “middle-class spends a third of their income on kids’ tuitions.” (Hat tip: Reuben.)
This is one of the most potent signals of a broken educational system. The job of schools is to teach. If kids have to get private “tuitions” to actually learn something, it must mean that the schools are not doing their job. But if no consequences follow the failure to do a job, then those who fail to punish the failure are complicit in the matter. Parents are, in that sense, at least partly to blame for the disastrous state of education. There is plenty of blame to go about and quite a bit of it must be heaped upon the heads of those government institutions that regulate the system. I think the major culpable parties are the government, the schools, and the parents. The kids are the innocent victims who will unfortunately grow up to perpetuate the same victimization to their next generation. It is a vicious cycle of abuse and failure.
There is one ray of hope in this apparently hopeless situation: the system has become so corrupt that it may actually collapse catastrophically and will be replaced by something rational. If this collapse happens soon, India has some hope; if its death is long and protracted, it will be extremely costly. This means that those who are trying to patch up the system are making a bad situation worse by giving it life-support. If you really want to help, just kill the monster instead of feeding your kids to it.