Convent schools produce parrots, says Karnataka minister

Private schools kill creativity

Nanjaiah Mahesh

By Matters India Reporter

Bengaluru: The association of private schools in Karnataka has demanded the resignation of the southern Indian state’s primary education minister for his “irresponsible statements.”

Nanjaiah Mahesh, the minister, on September 29 compared private school teachers to nuns and said students from such schools are like parrots who just repeat what is taught in class.

“Private school teachers are like Christian nuns, who look serious and stand straight,” the 62-year-old minister said, pointing out how there is “absolute silence in private schools with discipline instilled by such nuns.”

The minister was speaking at an event organized by Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to honor select alumni of government schools who have contributed to their schools under old-students’ associations.

The minister later clarified that he had not meant to offend nuns or teachers, and that he only made the comparison in the context the nuns impose strict discipline among their students. He, however, he maintained that private school students reproduced what is taught to them like parrots. In contrast those in government schools are like eagles, who fight to make their voice heard. “They even argue with teachers if needed,” he said.

“If you visit any private school in the state after 10 am, there will be pin-drop silence and kids will be waiting for the day to get over and fly like free birds. As the teachers at private schools are like nuns, serious and more disciplined, kids will also be serious and seriousness kills creativity,” Mahesh said.

He also found teachers in government schools “100 percent” intelligent and “far better” than their counterparts in private schools.

Students in government schools are also more intelligent than private school kids, claimed the minister who wants to deny permission for new private schools in the state for the next three years.

The only problem is of co-ordination between teachers and students which is not happening and if that happens, our government school kids will overtake private school kids,” the minister said.

He further pointed out that only products of government schools join police services and professions such as nursing so that they can pay back to the nation. Those from private schools contribute to other nations such as the United States and Russia, he alleged.

“Our government school kids will remain in the state, even if they become a teacher, constable or driver. They will give back to the society by staying here,” he added.

The statements by the minister were condemned by private school managements. The managements even demanded the minister’s resignation for what they termed as “irresponsible” statements and for violating rights of the children by discriminating between government and private school kids.

D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka said, “How can the minister give such immature and irresponsible statements? We demand that the minister step down.”

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8 thoughts on “Convent schools produce parrots, says Karnataka minister

  1. With my limited background I say what the minister said from the research report of the convent school is 101% true…. Govt recruit solid teachers, govt mechanism of running is very good…. But unfortunate govt teachers are given too many asignments like voter id, govt other data collections etc. And due to deyed appointment lack teachers in govt schools… The i fracture is limited by the lack of awareness of the society (most of the learned and financially sound send their children without any dely to private schools) and corrupt politicians… It is high time for the govt schools rivival.

    Convent schools are having a good name because of the nuns from Europe and missionary priests from foreign congregations performed extremely great work in India… They did not opened missionary or so called convent schools for their survival but make local people to be empowered… They invested and given to our nation great contribution in posts like in IAS, IPS, MBBS etc…
    But when Kerala, Chattisgarh, Punjab like Indian nuns took up this apostolate and it became a income generating institution… The products of the said school’s mimicry is understood by the honourable minister’s research team….
    The people who opposed are stakeholders sharing its income. Their mouth used to be bandaged when abuses takes place in such schools…lot of human right violations are regular in this schools…rates of children committed suicide in these schools are shocking….nuns living three vows in this field is a regular story…
    Speaking about convent school is like in Malayalam we say… I have hard skin in my leg because my grand father had an elephant. You know it is irrelevant. Convent schools were having a great quality… They contributed a lot without any gain.. But present convent schools motivation is other way around they give less and gain crores of rupees

  2. If all these Manthri’s had studied in Private Schools, there would have been much more discipline in our Country. There would have been zero tolearance to lynching, killing in the name of religion, caste. By now the gap between the class and caste would have been abolished.

  3. The minister has every right to voice his opinion as guaranteed under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. To demand his resignation is ridiculous.

  4. O! So I guess the likes of Julio Ribeiro, Teesta Setalvad, Dolphy D’Souza and the Late Kuldip Nayar (to name a few) are all products of government schools!
    What one fails to understand is, if prominent Catholic activists see such anomalies as pointed out by the revered (i.e. revered by certain writers whose forte is shooting one’s mouth off) mantri in Karnataka have remained silent for so long and are beginning to open their holy mouths only when some mantri utters gibberish. No wonder governments in states where such activists live are walking roughshod over the rights of minorities with impunity.

  5. It is also true that very few students from Catholic schools join govt services like the IAS IFS IPS etc. Both my children studied in a government school without excess pressure that warps one’s personality.

  6. The comparison with nuns is of course odious, but there is an element of truth in what he says. Private schools including Catholic ones produce more self centered career oriented types.

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