School Choice Campaign

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 – […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

  I was recently in Chhattisgarh as a member of Joint Review Mission of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of teacher education. This initiative of the Government of India’s MHRD, is a nationwide program for restructuring of teacher education, largely in response to Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory education (RTE). In my last two posts, “Listening […]

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  Comparison of Indian RTE Act and Pakistan RTE Bill   [Image Courtesy: Top News:] On Nov 12, 2012, Pakistan’s National Assembly passed the historic Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2012 paving the way to give effect to Article 25A of the Constitution of Pakistan which states, ”The State shall provide free and […]

Indian education policy space might not have seen a report as progressive as “The Report of the Review Committee on the Delhi school Education Act and Rules, 1973”, thanks to former Chief Secretary of Delhi, Shailaja Chandra, IAS (retd.), the chairperson of the drafting committee of this three volume report. The review committee has consulted […]

Validity, Clarity and Reliability[1]- These were the three ‘ity’s’ of good quality data that Akanksha’s (our research coordinator) presentation to the 2012 batch of CCS’ summer interns focused on. This got me thinking about the public finance data I work with everyday. To give you a little background, I’ve spent the last 10 months working […]

Several government interventions like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal, and the District Primary Education Program have resulted in increasing the net enrolment rate into primary school. Despite a high primary net enrolment rate of 91% (WDI, 2008), more than 5.5 million children are still out of school in India and of those enrolled […]

In a recent article in Economic Times titled Right to Education is the wrong thing for the right reason, Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, Teamlease Services, very aptly captured the plight designed for low cost private schools in RTE. Manish says, “RTE timetables the extinction of 15 lakh ‘unrecognized’ private schools where parents pay something to avoid […]