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GOOD WAY TO IMPLEMENT RTE

Publication Name: 
The Daily Pioneer
Publication Author: 
Ambrish Dongre
News Date: 
04/06/2015

State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(c)

 Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act imposes a legal obligation upon private unaided schools to reserve 25 percent of the seats in the entrylevel class for children from Economically Weaker Section and disadvantaged categories. Read more »

Private learning landscape in India: A brief review of the literature and available data

Posted on:03-09-13

Vibhu Tewary, Accountability Initiative

In 2012, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) found that, in rural India, the number of children in the age group of 6-14 years attending private schools was 28%. In fact, the percentage of children attending private schools has been on the rise over the past few years, and between 2009 and 2012, this number increased by 6 percentage points.[1] This shift in the form of schooling was visible while conducting the second round of the PAISA District Studies surveys in Rajasthan recently. In many of the government schools that I visited, the enrollment of children was dropping significantly, particularly if the school was close to an urban area. For example, in Jaipur, I came across some schools where the enrollment had reduced by more than half in the past two years. The teachers at one such school felt that a lot of the parents are choosing to send their children to private schools as they believe these schools can provide better education. Some of the government school teachers even agreed with the parents and said that public school teachers are so bound by meetings and accounting for funds that the learning process is being left behind. So what does the literature say about private schooling in India? Are there discernible differences between public and private schools and the learning they can impart? Also, are the students supplementing their schooling in any way, and if they are, what are the benefits? Read more »