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School Without Walls by Madan Mohan Jha

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INTRODUCTION

Do most schools have walls? This is a question that comes to our minds as parents and guardians when we peep into schools. Walls are often invisible, but can be seen with some insight. Children experience these walls when schools tell them, ‘You cannot get admission because you have “failed” the selection test/your parents cannot pay the fees/your parents do not belong to the eligible categories’, or ‘You cannot be admitted because you have a physical, mental or learning disability’. If they (the children) are lucky enough to get admission into a school, they encounter further walls inside the classroom when teachers say, ‘I will teach you what I have been directed to from above’ or ‘You will have to learn in the manner I want ...

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