Sacrificing for education
The artisans place a high priority on educating their children, which comes with a price tag. Even free schools require funds for books, exams and uniforms. Many of the artisans have opted to pay for private English-medium schools, a growing choice in India. Public schools are often poor-quality and use the local language, but English-speakers are given preference for jobs. Standardized tests based on rote learning are crucial in this super-competitive system, requiring the help of paid tutors.