Niwali/ Sendhwa : While the government is doing lots of endeavour to bring the children in schools, with the special drive of ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’, the rural children are crowding up to get admission in the out-standing school of Kasturba Ashram, Niwali. For admission on only 100 seats, the Ashram has received over 1000 forms. Children from the surrounding districts are also aspiring to get admission here.

On one hand government is trying to attract students by providing free meal, free books, free uniforms, etc. and running the ‘School Chalo’ drive with distribution of ‘Pile Chawal’, while on the other hand the private schools are charging high fees, promoting expensive books, bags & uniforms. Even then, the parents are more attracted towards the private schools for the want of quality education.

In this scenario, the Kasturba Ashram poses a unique alternative as the government aided school run by Kasturba Gandhi Rashtriya Smarak Trust, Indore. This school gets 100% grant from the government but its students do not get free books, free uniform, mid-day meal, free cycles etc. If these facilities would have been provided here, this school may have become a followable example of ‘quality education’.

This school has become the most favourite school of the common people of this area, because of the sincerity and dedication of the staff of this school. It is providing quality education at low fees. The tribal girls passed out from this school has obtained many high posts or made good career. The school has obtained these achievements, with working under less resources and many constraints.

Similar to this Ashram the smaller Ashram of village Dhanora run by the same trust has only 20 seats and it has received over 250 applications for admission. This is the example worth study for the policy makers and education ministry of the state. It proves that quality matters most for popularizing education.

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