New Delhi: In Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home town of Kalyan Bigaha in Nalanda district on Saturday, an 11-year-old kid stole the show by grabbing the attention of a visiting dignitary in the midst of a large throng and asking for support for his education. Sonu, a Class VI student, went the CM and requested admission to a private school because the quality of education at his village’s government-run school was inadequate.
Incidentally, Nitish Kumar was waving at people and taking petitions from those who wanted to bring their problems to his attention as he passed through a closed walkway when the youngster, who hails from the same Harnaut block as Kalyan Bigaha, called out to him with folded hands.
“Sir! Pranaam Na (Suniye Na) Listen… Please help me to succeed in my studies. My guardian refuses to help me with my schoolwork. “The teachers at my government school do not know how to provide great education,” Sonu informed the CM. The chief minister’s face rapidly shifted from amusement to grave worry, and he directed the authorities accompanying him to listen to the child’s complaints.
Later, he told the journalists his story with a composure that belied his young age. “I attend a public high school. The teaching quality is appalling. “My maths teacher has a math difficulty and struggles with basic English,” Sonu explained. The young man stated that he aspired to be a high-ranking officer, possibly an IAS, but that his inadequate education and his family’s apathy stood in his way.
“My father makes a living selling dairy products. He, on the other hand, could care less about my schooling. “Whatever he earns, he spends on whiskey and toddy,” the child alleged, potentially putting the chief minister’s much-touted prohibition push in jeopardy. To support himself, the youngster, who was in class 6, said that he was already offering tuition to those younger than him.
Many people were inspired by the boy’s courage and eloquence on social media, and many others expressed hope that he would be given the chance to fulfil his potential.