Rattne Mein Paas, Baki Sab Mein Fail: F for Our Education System

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Rattne Mein Paas, Baki Sab Mein Fail: F for Our Education System

Illustration: Akshita Monga

“W

hat is the capital of Afghanistan?” read the question on the exam paper, as my pen hovered hesitantly over the page. I was nearly certain that the answer was Kabul, but the nervousness was getting to me.

In those tense moments, I remembered the shape of my geography textbook. I remembered having to immerse myself in the words and paragraphs in front of me, torturing myself with repetition. I remembered going back a few pages every few minutes and quiz myself to see whether I remembered the text as it appeared.

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