Question- Describe the challenges the middle class face regarding higher education. Earlier this week, on an early morning flight from Mumbai to Delhi, I sat next to a young woman with a worried look on her face. I briefly smiled at her, not wanting to appear unfriendly, and buried my face into my book. When the plane reached cruising speed I thought I'd look out of the window at the outline of Mahim Creek becoming hazier, when I noticed that the young woman's face looking even cloudier. "Something seems to be worrying you -- can I help?" I asked. "We just got our daughter admitted to junior KG (kindergarten) and prepaid the first year's fee of Rs 4 lakh," she said. The size of the fee came as a surprise to me as well. I do know that fees in schools in Bombay (and perhaps other metro cities) have been skyrocketing -- but a fee of Rs 4 lakh for the first year of school seemed a little over the top. "My husband and I are both working and we can afford this, but the reason I am worried is that if her first year at school costs that much, what will it cost by the time our daughter gets to college?" I clucked sympathetically, but did not tell her what lay ahead. I have been seeing other young men and women -- not, perhaps, as young as my next-seat neighbour, but those with children just entering college -- grappling with questions such as this.
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