Schooling has been compulsory in India from almost two decades. Nevertheless, schooling for underprivileged children like those from day labor families is still a big problem. Why is that?

The problems in the Indian education system are manifold and strongly interwoven. The biggest problem is the extreme division of the system into private and public schools.


There are private schools in many countries – and that’s perfectly fine. In India, however, a complete parallel economy has emerged: anyone who can afford it somehow sends their child to a private school. 

The state run schools are overcrowded and may be under-resourced. No wonder: at a private school, this earns more and has better conditions.

This has changed at least in the upper classes. The exam requirements have grown extremely; but not as a process that takes the students with them, but as an order from one day to the next.


With the result that the requirements are high, but the teaching methods, equipment and system are still coping to match in parallel.

A lot has been achieved, but ensuring that the future of the children is reasonably secured remains a goal for us to work hard for every day. 


Because, of course, the pressure on the children remains great: at an early age, they have to contribute to the poor income of their families early on – in addition to the best possible academic performance.