Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What Arjun Singh needs to focus on

The two planks of education policy of Arjun Singh and the UPA government seem to be: Fan the flames of the conflict on quotas, and put more money into Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA). In today's Indian Express, Ila Patnaik has an article questioning the consensus about SSA. I have written about education and SSA a few times : one two and three.

Ila argues that the consensus behind SSA rests on higher enrollment rates and growing literacy rates. But standardised tests show that kids seem to come into school for a meal and don't learn much. She asks why giant expenditures on SSA did not plan an evaluation by an independent agency which would conduct randomised tests. She also links up to a fascinating Centre for Civil Society working paper which compares private "unaided" schools, private "unaided" schools and public schools. Update: Ila has another article on entry barriers faced in starting a school.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Ajay,
    In your RSS feed section, could you change the entry to allow full text entries? I use a RSS feed reader for your blog (since blogs are blocked at my workplace) and the feed reader only shows a few lines per post. Can you allow full detail posts in ur RSS subscriber settings?
    Many thanks,
    Ravi (your regular reader)

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  2. Are you a user of blogspot.com - and can you tell me what to do? I thought that whether you get a full entry or only a short blurb is a feature of the RSS feedreader.

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  3. Here is the actual link.

    http://www.ccsindia.org/Delhi%20Report%20Tooley-new.pdf

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  4. Ajay,
    To turn on full feeds, you need to login to blogger, and click on the link for your blog. Under settings go to site feed. You should have an option to change the feed there.

    A full feed would be much appreciated.

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  5. It worked! Thanks. Hope the RSS feed is now more useful.

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