Thursday, December 18, 2008

What is good in India’s Education Bill 2008

What is good in the “recently introduced the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008”. It may the following says M R Madhavan   

  • ..parents should send their children to a school of their choice; competition would lead to quality; if required, the poorer sections of the society can be financed through school vouchers.  
  • …63 per cent of the children in urban areas and 20 per cent in rural areas are enrolled with private schools. 
  • ..the Bill requires each government and aided school to form a school management committee comprising local elected representatives, parents and teachers. This committee shall monitor the working of the school and the utilisation of grants given to the school. Evidence from Karnataka and several countries in Latin America and Africa on similar committees do not present any conclusive evidence of improvement in quality of schools”.

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