Private schools let people down and flagged the importance of a good state-run schooling system
The little girl stood in the doorway for a few minutes, a silhouette against the blazing sunlight outside. Then she walked in to lean on the desk at which I was sitting. She remained silent, unhurried, as the class progressed. After two minutes of silence, I asked her, “Kyaa kar rahi ho?"; what are you doing? “Main dekh rahi hoon"; I’m observing. “Kyaa dekha?"; what have you seen? “School toh chal raha hai, lekin khidki bund hai"; school is on, but the windows are shut. In her bright pink dress, she walked to the front of the class, and climbed onto a chair that was too big for her small frame. As she caught the teacher’s eye, she was asked, “Muneera school kyon nahi aai aaj?", why did you not come to school today? “Khidki bund toh mujhe lagaa school bund, isi liye dekhne aayi hoon"; the window was closed so I thought the school was closed today, so I came to investigate.