Friday, October 20, 2006
Towards a new dawn …
The sight of children from poor households going to school – is one that never fails to cheer me and give hope.
But tragically, the reality of the apartheid system in India is that the govt schools play a cruel fraud on the children. Though the aspiration for education is strong among the poor and low-income, and though the bias against educating girls is dissolving, the condition of the schools is quite abysmal. One would find as many as 150 children packed into a poorly-ventilated, dimly-lit room, sitting on each others’ laps. (Read Adil Najam's essay on educational apartheid in Pakistan here.)
And when they finish their secondary education – the economy and society is unable to offer them any employment, except as manual labourers. Hence boys drop out of school, and begin working, while girls complete their schooling.