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Useless education? or some other problem?

August 26th, 2012

Recently one of my employee went home on 2 days leave. After 2 days her family members called me and informed me that she is sick and got Typhoid Fever. She will not be able to come for work for the rest of the week.

Quickly I searched what is Typhoid and how we get it.

Typhoid fever, also known as typhoid,[1] is a common worldwide bacterial disease, transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person, which contain the bacterium Salmonella typhi, serotype Typhi.”

So she might have got it through water. As she is not available to ask, I asked another employee

Q: What water do your family drink at home?

Ans: From the well

Q: Do they filter it?

Ans: No

Q: Do they boil it?

Ans: No

Okey, some thing is wrong here. Even if I assume that first employee just told me lie to get leave, it does seem like they are really drinking totally unsafe water. We have spent crores of rupees in advertisement saying filter and boil water before drinking, we have spent lot more on educating these people. But still some thing is missing.

My employees are actually very intelligent people. Otherwise they will not be able to work with me for more than 2 years. They are earning too, from last 2 years. They send money to home every month.

Why do my employees and other similar failed to do the first step that they are supposed to do with the education that they got? What is the purpose of education? It is to get software job and enjoy movies and buy a bike?

It seems like they think they are going to save their family by earning money. How can you save them with money when you even can’t make them drink safe water? You can afford a good hospital, but it costs almost nothing to avoid a hospital.

It does not cost even 2 movie tickets to boil water every day for the month. I am sure they watch more than 2 movies every month. They do even take leave to go to movie which actually costs them over Rs400/- per half day leave. I don’t blame them for enjoying. But some thing is really wrong here.

It feels like they see as education is nothing to do with what they do in life. I feel like they don’t even see information is some thing they need to use in day to day life.

I am not sure whom to blame.

I feel shame myself because I was not able to change them even after having 2 years with them.¬† It is really confusing to me. I don’t know what they believe and what they don’t believe. One thing is sure, they believe what ever their friends and their circle believe. And what they believe? What language to learn for better job, what movie is playing well, what company is hiring now, what bike I need to buy, hmm,

Note: Most of this is my experience, and my view on what they think may be wrong. If you know, let me know.

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