THE world learned from the case of Malala Yousafzai that the act of providing education to children is not simple, because education is a political construct. Educational inequality is a trademark of racist and sexist societies. Denial of education to blacks was a prime strategy of South Africa under apartheid. It remains a point of contention in the United States.
Education in this country is a zero-sum game. Winners and losers. That is an old, anti-democratic model. Former People’s Partnership minister Fazal Karim recently talked about the “best and the brightest”. Sat Maharaj boasted about the scholarships won by pupils at Lakshmi Girls Hindu College.