Education

The Times of India report Private schools are not adding value is based on a study done in Andhra Pradesh. It claims that the study was done by the Azim Premji Foundation. Now Professor Karthik Muralidharan has also written about a School Choice Study in Andhra Pradesh. Karthik published a summary of the study in […]

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This is real life story of the family of Ramchander, or Ramchandara, as he is called by his friends and acquaintances. Ramchandara is one of the “below below average” IQ person, with almost no skills. He earlier used to make a living working as a daily unskilled labourer to support his family of five – […]

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on 5 September 2014

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, allow me to share the story of Head Sir (as he is fondly called by his students, past and present), founder-principal of a low-fee private school in a remote town of Bihar, and his ordeal while trying to get government recognition for his school. Head Sir started out as […]

CCS hosted Nobel Laureate Professor James J Heckman on 28 March 2014. Speaking to an audience of leaders in education policy and practice, Prof. Heckman talked about his research in human development and life-cycle formation, emphasising the importance and economic value of early childhood development. Prof. Heckman’s research demonstrates that the accident of birth is […]

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“The common are intrigued by the uncommon while the wise are intrigued by the commonplace” – Confucian proverb If the above adage be held true, James Tooley would be wiser than most on education in the Third world.  His discovery of budget private schools(BPS) in the slums of Hyderabad and in other developing and under-developed […]

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Chester Finn, President of the Thomas B Fordham Foundation in the US and a renowned expert on charter schools was at the CCS office this Thursday to discuss the charter school movement in the US. Following are some excerpts from his talk. “Charter schools are public schools. They are paid for with public funds and […]

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The ninth Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) was published last week. ASER is an annual household survey to assess children’s schooling (both public and private) status and basic learning levels in reading and arithmetic, among other things. With the number of children surveyed at 569,664 from 15,941 villages of 550 districts, the sample size […]

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John Tomasi in his book Free Market Fairness makes a case for ‘market democratic’ interpretation of social justice, which he sees as a morally superior account of social justice due to its commitment to both economic liberty and a fair distribution of goods and opportunities, as against the familiar ‘social democratic’ interpretations of social justice. […]

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As per the section 12 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, 25% reservation of seats is mandated at the entry level (class I or nursery) in private schools for weaker sections and disadvantaged groups. Here are five unstated benefits of section 12 to the Government. Public financing vs. public delivery Evidence of […]

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Yesterday I attended, ‘The Future of skill development in India’, a fascinating panel discussion at the VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2013, New Delhi. The interesting part of the session was when the moderator of the panel, Praveen Chakravarty, indicated how we have been talking about the future of skills development for far too long (VCCircle had a […]

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