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Character is the goal of education – Part 2

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Parents should teach their children what is good and what is bad, right from their childhood. They should not be satisfied merely by securing admission in a college and acquiring a degree by their children. They should ensure that their children utilise their education to serve the nation. It is the responsibility of the parents to guide their children on proper lines. They should encourage the children to work for the progress of the nation. But, nowadays, parents do not have such broad-mindedness.

Sometimes teachers feel that their responsibility ends with imparting bookish knowledge to students. The focus of educational institutions is changing into becoming factories that produce degree holders. Students alone are not to be blamed for this dismal state of affairs. Parents, teachers, and the government are equally responsible for this.

It is not enough if students secure high ranks in the class and earn a good name. They should work for the progress of the society and the nation and thus bring a good name to parents. Parents should monitor the progress of their children from time to time, inculcate virtues in them, and mould them into responsible citizens. They should not rest satisfied if their children get good marks. They do not care to observe how their children behave in their absence. There is no point in merely educating the children without correcting their behaviour. Parents should emulate the ideals of our forefathers who brought up their children in the most ideal way.

The modern system of education needs reforms. Today, neither the parents, the teachers nor the students are able to understand how the society and the nation benefit by the present system of education.

Therefore, all of them should join hands and work unitedly to bring about a complete transformation in the society.

- Courtesy Sai Institute of Education West Indies, St Michael, Barbados. Visit them at www.siewi.org or https://www.sathyasai.org/about-us/education or email: siewibb@saibarbados.org