More on the education front…for long we have been talking that money is not the palliative for the ills afflicting education in the country. The moot question is who has the best incentive to spend the money just and efficiently for the cause of education. As regards this, an article of mine appeared recently in the Economic Times. Read about the Grand Drop-out Party here.

In my discussions with Akshara Foundation in Bangalore, it came to my knowledge that schools will be provided budget based on previous year’s estimates and have nothing to do with the actual requirements of the schools. Good principals may actually fudge the accounts a bit so that the schools don’t suffer. Reminds me of an incident I heard in a district which had money and malaria but the district officials couldn’t spend the money on malaria treatment because the scheme money was earmarked for leprosy, but the district didn’t have any leprosy!

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Naveen Mandava
Naveen Mandava

Naveen is Co-Founder at XamCheck, an organization that partners with schools, supporting them in processes they follow, with learning materials and processes that are all crafted to work together as an interconnected system to drive learning. He is a Doctoral Fellow from RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, United States of America. He has worked extensively on assessment based decision support for governments, non-profit organizations and schools chains in India and the USA for over 10 years. He has been a Lead Consultant with the World Bank’s Innovations for Poverty Action Consortium, a Policy Analyst with RAND Corporation and a Research Manager at Centre for Civil Society.