In Muzaffarnagar, children of families displaced in the riots are unable to continue their education. The biggest worry is children who are due to give their board exams: the exams are in March, but they are unable to study.
In Shahpur camp, we met Azhar, from Kakra village in Muzaffarnagr. He has two sisters. All three are due to give board exams. ‘I and my sister Sahiba are in the 12th, and my sister Firdaus is in the 10th. Mine and Sahiba’s 10th standard marksheet was burnt in our home. We’ve bought all our textbooks again, but when Firdaus went back to school in Kakra, they asked her to first pay four months of fees. 1100 rupees are being demanded for the exams. My father has no work right now – so how are we meant to pay these fees?’ Another family in the camp, from Kutba village, has 12 members, of which 10 are school going. All of them are unable to continue their education. The school is 2.4 kms from the camp.
Although the Basic Education office at the district level had given the order that government teachers should go and teach in the camps, no teacher has reached any so far.
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