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The Post Office State

Publication Name: 
Caravan
News Date: 
03/01/2015

Impact of Private Tutoring on Learning Levels: Evidence from India

Despite widespread and substantial private expenditure on private tutoring outside the formal school system in many developing countries, not much is known about their effects on learning outcomes. Read more »

Publication Name: 
Impact of Private Tutoring on Learning Levels: Evidence from India
Publication Author: 
Ambrish Dongre and Vibhu Tewary

Is the ban on private tutoring by school teachers justified?

Posted on:19-09-13

Ambrish Dongre, Accountability Initiative

The last two decades have seen a tremendous expansion of the government school system (and probably an even more rapid expansion of private schools) in India. Unfortunately, learning levels have not shown any such improvement, and are, more worryingly, showing a decline[1].  Researchers and policy makers are struggling to find ways to improve learning levels in a systemic way. It is in this context, the phenomenon of private tuitions has started getting some attention[2].

An important question that emerges here is - who provides these private tuitions? In many instances, it is the school teacher who also provides private coaching or tuitions after school hours. This creates a potential distortion in teacher incentives. It is quite possible for these teachers to finish only part of the syllabus in the classroom and generate demand for their own tuitions outside the classroom. As a result, the students who don’t demand these tuitions (because, say, they can’t afford it) are clearly worse-off. Read more »

What Does ‘Quality Education Study’ Show?

Posted on:17-05-12

Ambrish Dongre, Accountability Initiative

Recently, I attended the release of an interesting report, ‘Quality Education Study’, put together by Educational Initiatives and Wipro-Applying Thoughts to Schools. The study tries to assess learning levels of students in Standards 4, 6 and 8 by developing specific tests for English, Maths, Science and Social Studies. As mentioned in the report, ‘the questions were not based simply on the ability to recall information or use formulae or procedures…but also attempted to evaluate if the students have understood and internalized the concepts(1).  Some questions were also included to study student attitudes toward gender equality, diversity and sensitivity toward others, civic/ citizenship issues, ecological issues, values and interpersonal skills.  Read more »