The education of the tribal people in lndia has been a dismal failure because it has not grown, evolved or adapted to the changing social forces in the Country. Unfortunately the design and programme for tribal education has neither kept pace with the ethno-cultural values of the tribal people, nor has developed on ethnic identity vis-a-vis national requirement. The gap between the tribal education and elitist education is gradually becoming wider. When the Union Govt. and State Govts, emphasise for widening educational opportunity for minority groups, due emphasis on curriculum planning and school management has not been given for the school systems in tribal belts. The courses and teaching method in the school have not at all been responsive to the sociological needs of the tribal people. Although the mission of the Govt. of lndia and State Govt. seems to bring the tribal people to the mainstream of national life, the school system do not allow enough diversity and experimentation to develop the tribal people from within (Blanket decision made by experts unfamiliar with the cultural values of the tribal people have made it impossible for the tribal people to develop according to their own genius) and accept and adapt to the onrush of industrialisation and technological changes besides the continuing emphasis of the dominant society. When tribal students dropout from school and college, they do not find any place in their natural environment nor do they fit into the dominant society. Their education system therefore has not taken into consideration the sweeping changes that affects their history and foreshadows their environmental dilemma. Ethnic issues raised by the introduction of technology and the problem of interpersonal relationship create for them confrontational attitude with the new masters in administration and in their welfare programme of socioeconomic development. This confrontation affects and alters the world view of the tribal child.
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