A 12-year-old student from Godda, Jharkhand recently exposed the condition of a government school that he apparently studies in. And the video of his reporting is going viral on Twitter. “Godda ke Sarfaraz ki reporting dekhiye,” reads the caption of the viral clip.
In the clip posted by @swati_mishr, Sarfaraz, the kid, is sporting a tee and lungi as he holds his mic made of plastic bottle with a stick inside it. He begins his report by asking other students about why they don’t come to school. To which, a student says, “Teachers padhate nahin hai.” Sarfaraz also raises several questions on sanitation, classrooms, and drinking water. He can be seen showing how some classrooms are filled with cattle fodder and a handpump which has been dug but hasn’t reached to its installation stage. There are weeds all around. Non-functional toilets and more. But where are the teachers? You ask.
Another student talks about the school saying, “Yahan par padhai nahin hota hai…” Well, I will suggest you watch the full video from here:
गोड्डा के सरफराज की रिपोर्टिंग देखिएpic.twitter.com/UKlE929udY— Swati Mishra (@swati_mishr) August 4, 2022
Netizens are hailing his reporting skills:
👏🏽👏🏽May his voice reach and pinch the conscience of the ones responsible. All power to you young man .— ritu kapoor (@ritukapurmehra) August 5, 2022
Kaha ka school 🏫 hai ye— Monu dhurve (@dhurvemonu750) August 4, 2022
What a reporter…… Reality is in front of us
India really need reporter’s just like this boy 👍👏👌#jagoindiajago— Abhi (@abhishe97325299) August 4, 2022
It’s really appreciable that a boy who is from a gov. skul telling every1 what are the basic needs his skul is lacking, I really appreciate the way he is reporting abt this, he’s not looking less than a reporter, if the better education is provided to these kids the future is bright (sic).
In ko dash ka midia hona chahiya jo sachchaiy dikha s kay— Saleem Khan (@SaleemK72838237) August 5, 2022
Reporting from Ground Zero. https://t.co/5tzJSG2pN2— K. Saurabh Singh (@KSaurabhSingh17) August 5, 2022
This kid is such a star! Starts by asking why are children not coming to school. And then answers by showing how everything is crumbling in the school. Do see. https://t.co/tBHHlBaXhf— Ruchi Gupta (@guptar) August 5, 2022
That kid did more journalism in 2min that godia media did in years. https://t.co/0fAReoyiNR— Yasmin Sana 🇵🇸 (@DrYasminSana) August 5, 2022
Awesome soft skills shown by kids. If only they get a real education, think how much they can help our nation progress! Will the govt allow it? https://t.co/EhEuIwK5m3— Sriram N (@nsriramn) August 5, 2022
Real journalist https://t.co/gDmFZ3HvuG— kumarNITISH (@Krnitish77) August 5, 2022
It’s a new india https://t.co/ZNmykkkuCc— Mohammad Javed (@Mohamma81112320) August 5, 2022
Bacche Ka confidence qabile tarif hai… 👏👏👏 https://t.co/hj3UTYW543— Shabnam Tanwar (@shabnam_tanwar) August 4, 2022
This is better, more worthwhile reporting than 100% of the news channels in India right now.
Well done bacchon 👍 https://t.co/3YiB4a5c6b— 𝕽𝖆𝖏𝖊𝖊𝖛 🇮🇳 (@rajeev1077) August 5, 2022
But, Sarfaraz had to pay the price.
After the video went viral, teachers of the school reportedly reached Sarfaraz’s house and threatened his mother with an FIR. According to Quint, Praveen Choudhary, Block Development Officer, Mahagama Block, Godda district, found a lot of irregularities in the school after he reached there. As per Mr. Praveen’s statement, the investigation report has been sent to the collector while demanding action against the teachers.
When we reached, we saw that an attempt was made to cover up the problems shown in the video. A detailed investigation has been done and a report has been sent to the collector. We have also written for action to be taken against the teachers.
Well done, Sarfaraz for showing the ground reality through your eyes. India surely needs such patrakaars! One definitely doesn’t need a journalism degree for this. But my question is why such people have to pay the cost for real journalism? And shouldn’t Indian media focus on such issues?