Low on cash, farmers shift to barter system to ensure kids’ education -Santosh Singh
-The Indian Express
Bihar has about 75,000 government schools with about three crore students.
Nayagaon (Begusarai): Nishu Kumari, a Class IX student at a government-run school, is studying with her brother Nirbhay, a Class VII student and cousin Arpit, a Class I student. Their grandfather Bhagirath Singh is keeping a watch on them as the three have to finish their homework before private tutor Subodh Singh arrives.
Nishu’s father Shivjyoti Kumar, a farmer, says most parents at their village, Nayagaon in Bihar’s Begusarai district, are now depending on private tutors for their wards’ education as there are no signs of schools opening anytime soon and many are finding it difficult to follow online classes due to poor Internet connectivity. The classes being aired on Doordarshan too have found few takers in the region as many don’t have television sets; the one-way nature of the lessons and outdated content has also failed to attract students, say local residents.
Shivjyoti has 40 quintal of wheat from his land after share-cropping and he would be giving a part of it to Subodh Singh as payment for his tuitions.
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The Indian Express, 28 July, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/education/low-on-cash-farmers-shift-to-barter-system-to-ensure-kids-education-6526600/