Ajit Balakrishnan of the National Cadet Corps describes how he and his wife have set up an award scheme which rewards teachers who are being innovative at primary, middle and high school. He recounts a story from one of the award winners who had been inspired to write short stories after an incident that they had in high school.
“One day, as I was doing my homework on our bungalow verandah, an old woman holding an envelope in her hand groped her way up our verandah steps.
“She put the envelope on the table, sat on the floor and told me her story. She had, over the years, worked as a domestic servant to pay for her son’s education.