ASER 2008 report is out and the enrollment in private schools has increased to 22.5% of the students in rural areas. Yes, the report covers only the rural areas of India. We still don’t have accurate information about urban areas of India. In some states like Punjab and Haryana, it is as much as 70%.
Dr Willima Wadhwa uses the ASER data to answer this improtant question–Private Schools: Do They Provie Higher Quality Education? (pp 9-11 of the report). As a statastician, her answer is “it depends.” But let’s read it carefully and discuss it.