Schools then and now?


Tim Allender, in his book Ruling Through Education: The Politics of Schooling in Colonial Punjab says that department of public instruction started by the British Raj failed soon as it had started and that its jurisdiction had effectively retreated to the Urban centres in India.  The colonial administration found it efficient to attend to the education of only a few. Below is an image of a government school in Jhang in 1890.  Allender seems right when one looks at this little piece of evidence. What is striking, however, is the similarity between this school and the contemporary government schools.  State had given up on public education in the 1800s,  If there is one thing in which the so-called post colonial state seems to have remarkably succeeded, it is preservation of this tradition of failure.

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About Irfan

I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts

2 Responses to “Schools then and now?”

  1. This picture could have easily be taken in 2011. One can easily see the striking resemblance between the schools of 1800s and now. The picture is a rare evidence showing what we stand for: preserving a stagnant past colonial heritage

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