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Outcaste children lament prejudice in govt-run schools

DNAHM22572 | 8/18/2009 | Author : Paras K Jha | WC :372 | Education & Careers

Kids allege discrimination by teachers

Dharmistha Harijan, 9, and Hetal Harijan, 10, both sisters from Bharathari village in Kheda are studying in std 4 and 5, respectively, in the village’s government primary school. However, they have different class tasks than their counterparts in the same school, as their schools curriculum also includes cleaning the school lavatories!
Still others like Rahul Parmar, 11, from Ramgadh village in Surendranagar, a class 5 student is not allowed to take part in the school’s cultural program and is forced to sit in the last row in the classroom.
No, they aren’t naughty but their fault lies in the fact that they belong to the socially ostrachised class - the untouchables. More than 1,000 children like Rahul, Dharmistha and Hetal la
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