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Education Policy and Practice: Case Studies from Delhi and Mumbai

The policy goals of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (education for all) programme focus on access and quality education. Using indicators like access and overcrowding, achievement, mainstreaming, fund utilisation and retention of children, this field survey of municipal schools in Mumbai and Delhi provides a comparative analysis of each city's progress towards the stated goal.

Lost My Children

The recent Yamuna Pushta demolition in Delhi is a clear indication of entangled policy objectives. Lack of an efficient follow-up plan that results in making children “invisible” can lead to weakening of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan goals. This article presents the field notes of the author as a library teacher in a slum cluster in Delhi. The note tries to show the apparent disconnect between practice and policy.

Why Do Children Go to School?

A child's innate interest in learning is often hampered by the absence of infrastructure and good teachers. These impressions recorded following a 'demonstration' in a hamlet school reveal the progress made in child's learning abilities after new more sensitive approaches were adopted. But to sustain a child's interest requires a more conjoined effort - on the part of parents, teachers and even the government.

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