Steve is a British man who is unfallibly optimistic about promoting India and its future for unfathomable reasons.
In the documentary I linked to, the kids in the slum went to school. The little girl spoke the best English in the family. Aren’t a lot of the population getting primary education and if so, I assume most of them learn to read, no?
Good Lord. Indian slums are wonderful! The kids even go to school!
Well, in rural India, in many places, there simply are no schools. I mean no schools. The teachers collect a salary, but they never show up for work, often because there is no school or maybe just because they don’t want to work. Typical Indian corruption.
In other places, there are schools but few or no teachers, so there’s no one to teach the kids. Many schools are virtually open air, and it’s quite common for schools to have no drinking water and especially no bathrooms. On top of all that, in rural India, it is very common to pull your kids out of school so they can go work. This is often done about age 9-10.
In Maoist areas, the schools never worked anyway because the teachers collected salary but then never went to work as is typical. After a while, the state starting using schools as bases for their state militias. They also stored explosives in there.
Pretty soon, the Maoists said fuck it and started blowing up the schools as they were nothing but bases anyway. The Indian press paraded this all over their front pages with headlines about “Maoists blowing up schools!” The Maoists then set up their own schools, and it was often the only schooling the kids ever got.
On top of everything else, school is often not in the native tongue of the students.
Higher education is a total disaster. All degrees, grades, everything, is for sale to the highest bidder. Want an A or a degree? Just pay off your professor or an administrator. For this reason, degrees from Indian universities are nearly worthless outside of India.
In many schools now, Dalits have formed gangs that threaten professors if they do not give good grades to Dalit students. If professors don’t give the student a good grade, the Dalit gangs threaten the professor or go beat him up.
I’m not sure how true this is, but a Brahmin friend of mine insists that this is the case in Karnataka.
India is truly Hell on Earth.