To score a rank in the race for growth, it is essential that every student must benefit from the right to education. Today however, education at all levels has become a challenge for the students as well as their parents because of the rising cost. For a state like Haryana, which is already a victim of poverty, providing affordable education is another major challenge.
There are primarily three key functional areas in an education sector, namely planning and management, human resources and budgeting, which must be set considering the social strata of the state. But in Haryana, these seem to have been set to please the elite class only. The soaring costs of education and the number of private institutes mushrooming in the state depict a clear picture of the education services available for a common man, and also hint at its worrisome outcomes.
In Haryana, the Block Elementary Education Officers (BEEOs) have been allotted the responsibility to implement the principles of the Right to Education Act as well as monitor its execution. Similarly, there is a need to establish a block to keep a check on the quality of college education as well as to ensure that every 12th passout student could pursue higher education.
The most necessitated steps include the regulation of fees charged by the private educational institutes. Also, it is crucial that the state government should invest more in the education sector, which can facilitate cheaper education in colleges within the state for students who want to pursue higher education. The situation has reached such a stage that it has now become crucial to encourage quality as well as quantity in the education sector, so as to cater to the needs of the young generation.
Keeping in consideration the slow pace of growth of economy, the concerned authorities had recently recommended amendments to the education policy to support the educational developments in the state. Presently, only 2.1% of the state GDP is allocated for the education sector, but in the present scenario, it must be set at 6%.
In the recent past, the Haryana School Education Department initiated a programme that aimed to provide free coaching to the students from government schools for competitive examinations like IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Thus, to make college education better accessible to all, there is a need to launch and implement more and more such schemes to provide education in colleges at cheaper rates, so that the youth can develop their skills and contribute towards the growth of the state.