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.

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Parth Shah
Parth J. Shah is Founder President of Centre for Civil Society, a think tank that promotes choice and accountability across public and private sectors. Parth’s research and advocacy work focuses on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach to the environment and new public management. He is a member of the education task-force of the governments of Delhi and Karnataka, and serves on the Senate of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. He recently edited Liberalism in India.