Write a letter to the Editor regarding the Public Schools.
In the controversy over public schools, the usual argument advanced in their favour is that they provide education of a very high order. Mr. S. K. Malhotra of the Doon Schools says that education imparted in public schools is first rate (June 12). This is an exaggerated evaluation. So far as grounding in the various subjects is concerned, ordinary high or higher secondary school gave a better account of themselves. There is an atmosphere of greater application and devotion to studies in them, with the result that the students studying there are better-informed and more enlightened than those in public schools.
What the public school boys excel in is that, coming as they do from the higher starts of society, they look tiptop better dressed and more imposing. They acquire a superficial group over certain colloquial words and phrases in English which they are seen using with greater ease and fluency than the boys in other schools. It is this thing which makes them look better educated and more advanced than ordinary school students. Basically their knowledge and understanding of the various subjects is not very sound or profound.