I dont want him to become like me. Ved Prakash (35) claims to have no confidence in the quality of education in government schools,and thats the very reason he does not want his three-year-old son,Himanshu,to attend one. Prakash had completed his education from an MCD school in Karol Bagh.
Prakash,who works at a garment store on Tank Road,earns Rs 4,500 a month. I wanted to go to Satyawati College in Ashok Vihar and join the Indian Army, he says. He managed to pass Class XII,but could not realise his dream of entering college because his father could no longer fund his education.
Prakash has been visiting schools for the past two days,trying to get application forms for his child. He understands that even when one doesnt count the tuition fee,there will be a lot of expenditure involved in sending his son to one of the bigger schools of Delhi. But he is ready to make that sacrifice. I will provide him whatever he needs,but I will not send him to a government school, Prakash says.
He hopes that someday,his son will become a doctor.
Unlike him,Anwar Abbasi from Nizamuddin in South Delhi does not rule out the option of sending his son to a government school. He,however,considers it his last option as government schools are neglected. He wants Huzaifa to serve the country in any way he can,after he has completed his education.
Even today,he rues the fact that he did not get the chance to educate himself beyond Class X.
Similar is the plight of Yogesh Kumar from Ashram. I spent five classes out of eight doing nothing,and nobody even bothered to check, he says. He wants to admit his child to a school where she is taken care of,and can benefit from a good education. A driver by occupation,he proudly proclaims he had read from a newspaper that people from economically weaker sections can apply for admission in any school of their choice.
Kumars first preference is Cambridge School because it is closer to home,and the child will find it easier to go there. I want Pulkita to study in a good school till Class XII. After that,she can chose her own path in life,but I want to give her the best I can, says Yogesh.
Watching his friends daughter getting good education was what motivated Kuldeep Atal to keep an eye on the nursery admissions. He has been working as a receptionist at a doctors clinic for the last 10 years at a salary of Rs 5,000 per month. Last year,the daughter of one of my friends got admitted in Faith Academy under the EWS quota,so I decided to do the same for my son,Kavyansh, he said.