Many of these kids are stuck in a vicious circle following their families’ displacement a few years ago. They may not fulfil the basics standards to be accepted, have to work outside school if they can find short-term jobs, and not afford the school fees, no matter how small these are.
Schools are caught in this quandary by relying on state subsidies and pupils’ fees to keep going, as well as entry standards. The focus, therefore, should be to bridge the gap through remedial teaching, skills training and sponsorship for children from the slum areas. NGOs and volunteering will hopefully a lot to contribute. In the meanwhile, teachers try their admirably best – it was surreal to visit a school on a Friday evening!