ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Manisha PriyamSubscribe to Manisha Priyam

Looking beyond the Smokescreen

The system of primary education in India has yet to be analysed critically - a critique that would seek to probe the linkages between education and social change. This study seeks to initiate that process by looking at the District Primary Education Programme (DPED) that was subscribed to by most World Bank borrowers, including India, as a social safety net against the social and economic turmoil that followed any structural adjustment processes. In India, the reach of DPEP extended to 240 districts across 16 states, within the first six years of its existence. Despite this, surveys showed a decline in growth at the primary enrolment stage in most Indian states. More disturbing was the increasing presence of the 'para teacher' and the consequent labelling of the full-time teacher as an impediment to the system's further development.

Alternative Perspectives on Educating the Poor

literacy. Other nation states with Alternative Perspectives different historical trajectories were also expected to witness the same linkages. Based on this assumption, the system of on Educating the Poor education and its proponents form a Shiksha Aur Jan Andolan (in Hindi) by Sadhana Saxena; Granth Shilpi, New Delhi, 2000;
Back to Top