A wrong ‘guide’ to education
Kunjis are an insidious counter force to good education and a brazen confluence of many ills plaguing it
When I was in school, no one would want to be seen with kunjis. The word means key. These were shabbily produced books, sold as fail-proof preparation for examinations. The usual format was a series of questions, which could be expected in the examinations, along with shallow easy-to-memorize answers. The task of unthinking, rote memorization was made as easy as possible, usually covering the entire year’s syllabus in 60 pages or even more alluringly in 50 questions.