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The Bonded Labor
|by Dr. Varanasi Ramabrahmam|
The bonded labor has been eradicated by the governments to some extent.
Now we have modern bonded laborers.
They are the academicians working in the Education Institutes, primary, secondary, tertiary and universities started by private individuals, their trusts etc.,. These Institutes are founded having an eye on the money involved and that can be made and not for imparting education or knowledge to the students.
These institutes are very eager to collect lots of money from students in the form of fees, donation, and what not. They collect the fees etc as money lenders collect. But they are not at all eager and are not at all paying the teachers, some even being doctorates and the like qualified academicians among their faculty. They are keeping the original certificates of the faculty so that they will not go away and are paying paltry sums compared to the government scales announced.
Really these academicians are working as bonded labor.
It is unfortunate and ironical that all these institutes celebrate Teachers' Day very "grandly". We forgot to honor or respect the teacher with good salary. The private institutes are run as business enterprises and the owners are not educationists and academicians. They do not know the value of education, scholarship and knowledge.
Bonded labor any where in any form must be eradicated just not the bonded labor in quarries, farms, companies, brick-kilns and the like places.
Let us learn to respect teacher and knowledge. Else steep increase in number of private educational institues neither contributes to knowledge nor excellence in teaching and learning.
Entrepreneurship and academics will not go together. The owners should not be allowed to run these institutes as another big mall, rice-mill, prawn culture tanks, and the like. The owners are to be disciplined by the governments.
Who will do that?
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