22. Standard 1, Balupwine, 1966

There are only 9 girls in the photograph. When enrolling a new intake I used to aim for the unreachable goal of equal representation of the sexes. Commencement was put off till we got at least a reasonable number of girls. However, attrition began straightway and by the time a class of kids had reached the upper grades, it was only the daughters of enlightened Abelam villagers and those girls who were personally caught up in the excitement of the formal education process who managed to survive. The teacher here, a Manus - only 19 y.o. - used like to play marbles with the adepts in his class and would go into a proper sulk if things went bad for him.

Generated by Web Album Generator