Anil Swarup Despite some outstanding work being done by a number of officers and institutions in the field of school education, the State of Uttar Pradesh has been known for all wrong reasons. I was visiting Lucknow in the year 2017 as Secretary School, Government India to discuss an action plan for the State. The schedule was packed but this young lady, Samina Bano was insistent. She wanted time to narrate her story. I did finally relent and what an amazing story she had to narrate. While a great deal of focus is cast on reforming the public education system, the rapidly growing sector of private schools currently catering to over half of our children is rarely discussed.

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