Iron Gates And Compound Walls

Our first visit to a government school – the building was freshly painted. It was also almost deserted at 1 pm. Classes were either empty or had a few girls. The boys were wandering outside. They had had their fill of the mid-day meal and didn’t see a reason why they should sit around in classrooms waiting for their teachers to show up.

The only teachers who were taking classes were the “Vidya teachers” who are paid Rs 1000 and can get fired. The government teachers who earn up to Rs 12,000 chose either not to attend the school or left early to take tuitions (which they are legally prohibited from doing).

There were 18 toilets in the school of which 17 were locked and the only open toilet was filthy. The school had a fancy computer room with several brand new machines and a state-of-the-art projector that was barely used. Why? This is because the school did not have a computer teacher.

Graphs on the principal’s office walls showed that 17% of the students had passed the state board exam.

The school had a shiny new gate that is used to prevent children from escaping until 12:30, which is when the mid-day meal is served. When asked why classes were empty, the principal complained that it was because the school did not have a compound wall!!!!


1 Comment

  1. g.kannan said,

    July 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm


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