Bharatpur’s mayor is back to school after nearly four decades. Shiv Singh, now in his 50s, had dropped out of school in 1971 after Class 8.
His aim is to finish his school education all the way up to Class 12.
On Thursday, March 10, Singh was one among hundreds of students at the Government Senior Secondary School of Roopwas giving their first Class 10 Rajasthan Board of Secondary Exams.
This businessman-turned-politician became chairman of the municipal council in 2004, and became Bharatpur’s first mayor in 2014.
Looking back to his school days, he remembers how he would walk from Bhot, his village, to his school in Sevar, about seven kilometres. “The school in our village was only up to Class 5,” he said in a quote to Hindustan Times. “The Sevar school was till Class 8. Although it was later upgraded to secondary level when I still in it, I never felt the need to study beyond Class 8.”
The mayor takes the matter of education seriously. Juggling his day job as a mayor, he studies at night for two hours daily. He even hired a tutor to help him with the syllabus. “The chief minister is laying so much premium on education. It becomes our duty to get at least Class 12 qualification,” he said.
The government mandates that those contesting panchayat elections should be a Class 10 graduate at the least.