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Pay Bribe, Take Education| 3mins
Director: Mukesh Rajak | Producer: Video Volunteers
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, education, india
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Jharkhand suffers from an acute shortage of committed, quality teachers. As we see in the video of Mukesh, students in his district are often required to pay teachers bribes for everything from basic school supplies, to taking final exams to, well — teaching. Jharkhand has some of the highest rates of teacher absenteeism in the nation. On any given day, 41.9 percent of Jharkhand’s teachers are absent from the classroom (PROBE report). Mukesh, who comes from a poor Dalit family says that on several occasions he was asked to pay bribes by his school teachers. The demand was particularly high before any festival. Since Mukesh’s family survived on the little income of his mother, it was very difficult for him to bear the extra burden of expenses. It was this bitter personal experience that made him make this video and speak up against the petty corruption.

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