Indian judge admits daughter to ‘less-appreciated’ government school to set trend
A government primary school in Hyderabad in the southern Indian state of Telangana. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)
HE is engaged in a profession that commands a social respect and he is from a country where the public sector is considered inefficient most of the time. Ajay Kumar Jadhav wants to break the established beliefs with his influence.
Jadhav, a junior civil judge from Nizamabad in the southern Indian state of Telangana, has decided to send his five-year-old daughter to a government school to “break the stigma” and encourage others to do the same, The Hindu website reported.
“Several people talk against the quality of education in private schools and praise government teachers as the most qualified. But none walk the talk when it comes to their children’s education, probably inhibited by issues of status. I wanted to break the stigma and pave the way for more people to emulate me,” Jadhav was quoted as saying by the website.
Jadhav and his wife Priyanka have decided to send their daughter Ambika to a local government primary school. On Wednesday (15), they admitted their daughter in Standard I.
The judge has no apprehensions about the decision he took and said government schools have the best teachers – who are trained and even more than qualified for their job.
“English, too, has been introduced as medium of instruction. Further, how the child turns out does not depend on schools and colleges. Parents need to take time out for their children. On that front, my wife and I have no problem,” he told the news website.
The judge also cited the examples of two civil servants saying they also got their children admitted in government schools and a candidate who successfully qualified for the Indian civil services, one of the most challenging ones, after going to a government school.
“Four or five years ago, a senior civil judge who is now a district judge, got his two daughters admitted in a government school in Class IX,” he said.