Credit is given to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar for the extensive mass appointments in the state.
Credit is given to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar for the extensive mass appointments in the state.

Did Media Prioritize Sensationalism Over Reporting Bihar's Massive Teacher Appointments?

The recent appointment of over 132,000 teachers by the Bihar government has been conspicuously absent from mainstream print and electronic media debates. Instead of addressing crucial matters, the media seems embroiled in a chaotic landscape of sensationalized content. While channels are filled with fervent discussions on religious topics, the real-life challenges affecting millions, notably the pressing issue of youth unemployment, are being side lined.

Patna- Bihar Govt. recently appointed more than 1 lakh 32 thousand teachers in the recent teacher's appointment drive, and this effort is simply missing from mainstream print and electronic media's debate. If the Media is not debating on employment, what it's doing?

In the cacophony of television debates, where sensationalism often trumps substance, there lies a missed opportunity—a void waiting to be filled. While channels buzz with discussions on temples, tiffs, and trivialities, the real issues that affect millions remain side lined. One such critical concern is youth unemployment—a ticking time bomb that demands urgent attention. Turn on any news channel, and you'll find heated debates on religious matters, temples, mosques, churches—the battleground shifts, but the noise persists.

A government school in Bihar
A government school in Bihar

The Youth's Plight

India's youth—energetic, educated, and eager—are caught in a paradox. They study hard with dreams but face a job market that often offers only precarious gigs or underemployment. The gig economy may sound trendy, but it doesn't offer respite or build careers. India is on a demographic time bomb. India's median age is around 28 years. Our youth bulge can be our strength or our downfall. There is a vast Skill Mismatch. Degrees don't always translate into skills. We need jobs that match our aspirations and abilities. Our society has no stability. Young, jobless youth are vulnerable to radicalization and frustration.

Bihar Govt Employment Efforts

The Bihar Government has been actively working to address the issue of unemployment and create job opportunities for its citizens. In 2023, several initiatives and recruitment drives were launched to fill various government vacancies. These vacancies span across different government departments and offer opportunities for candidates with varying qualifications. The Bihar Government has recently notified Bihar Technical Service Commission (BTSC) vacancies for instructors. The government has announced vacancies for Female Health Workers. BSSC has announced a massive recruitment drive for positions such as LDC, Typist cum Clerk, Revenue Employee, and Panchayat Secretaries. Bihar Police Sub Inspector recruitment is also ongoing. The government's commitment to addressing unemployment through timely notifications and recruitment drives is commendable.

Nitesh Kartiken (L)  and Priyanshu Kushwaha (R)
Nitesh Kartiken (L) and Priyanshu Kushwaha (R)

What Should Media Debates Address?

These media houses must discuss vocational training, apprenticeships, and bridging the gap between education and employability. The Govt must encourage the risk-takers. Entrepreneurship isn't just about startups; it's about creating jobs. Invest in sectors with high job potential—manufacturing, services, and technology. Regular employment provides stability and access to benefits; while faith and heritage are essential, they alone won't put food on the table or secure a future for our youth. The relentless focus on divisive topics distracts us from grappling with the core issue: How do we provide meaningful employment opportunities?

Television debates can be more than shouting matches; they can be platforms for change. Let's shift the spotlight from temples to talent, noise to nourishment. Our youth deserve substantive discussions that lead to action—a path toward gainful employment and a brighter India. As we debate this issue, let's remember that solutions matter more than sensationalism.

Authors Priyanshu Kushwaha & Nitesh Kartiken are Youth Student Leaders and Social activists.

Disclaimer: The content published in this article is the sole viewpoint of the authors. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or endorsement of The Mooknayak.

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