Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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The Jury Is Still Out

Do private schools outdo government schools? No proof exists for that.

The Jury Is Still Out
Singled Out Photograph by Vijay Pandey

The phenomenon of private schools expanding at an annual rate of 35 per cent naturally raises one question: are they better than state-run ones? One might also ask if India needs more private schools than public (government) institutions. It’s about time to clear the air over available data-based evidence on whether private schools are worth their money.

The answers are linked to a simple truth: India has made schooling universal and compulsory. It’s not the same thing as making good-quality education universal. So, a general perception of abysmal state education quality—quite common in recent decades—means more and more highly priced private schools.

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