The 16-year-old girl from Pakistan, who migrated to India in 2014 and struggled for two years to get admission in a school, finally started attending a government school in south Delhi’s Bhatti Mines, Wednesday. On her first day, Madhu said her dream of studying in a school again had “come true.”
“On the first day, I attended a Hindi class and it felt good to be part of a school. I had attended a school in Pakistan two years ago. It is a dream come true as I struggled for two years to get admission in a school here,” said Madhu. She said she will receive her books and her school uniform Thursday.
She says that after passing Class IX in Pakistan, she came to India and felt the need to learn English and Hindi. “I started learning the languages as I wanted to study in a Delhi school. I even attended private tuitions. But I could not get admission and also stopped going to tuition classes, leaving everything to fate,” she said.
The 16-year-old got admission in the school after the intervention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The family members of Madhu said Swaraj called up Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who later directed Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to look into the issue. Sisodia later assured Madhu got admission.
Family members said the admission process was smooth, barring one glitch. They said that after Sisodia’s letter to the Director of Education in Delhi, they received a call from authorities in the Delhi Education Department, asking if Madhu could be put in Class VIII. However, the family members were firm and told authorities that they couldn’t waste a year as she had already studied till Class IX in Pakistan.
“She has already studied till Class IX in Pakistan and wasted two years in Delhi. Starting from Class VIII again would not have been good for her. We managed to convince the authorities,” said Madhu’s brother Lakhim.