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Feasibility of Implementation of Right to Education Act

This article argues that even an allocation of 6% of the gross domestic product to the education budget would not be sufficient to fund universal school education until the very distant future if the government school system is used as the only instrument. The only way to meet the Right to Education obligation is to rely on low cost private schools as a significant instrument of the government education policy. On the contrary, the proposed rte bill introduces provisions that would oppose low cost private schools. Therefore, the legislation for rte needs to be modified and framed with specific provisions for private-public partnerships.

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T apas Majumdar Committee (1999) have assessed the requirements of public provision of universal school education under Pankaj S Jain, Ravindra H Dholakia different assumptions affecting the cost of

This article argues that even an allocation of 6% of the gross domestic product to the education budget would not be sufficient to fund universal school education until the very distant future if the government school system is used as the only instrument. The only way to meet the Right to Education obligation is to rely on low cost private schools as a significant instrument of the government education policy. On the contrary, the proposed rte bill introduces provisions that would oppose low cost private schools. Therefore, the legislation for rte needs to be modified and framed with specific provisions for private-public partnerships.

Pankaj S Jain (pjain2002@yahoo.com) is at Gyan Shala, Ahmedabad and Ravindra H Dholakia (rdholkia@iimahd.ernet.in) is with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

he Directive Principles of Indian Constitution obligates the Indian government to ensure universal school education. In the wake of various official committees and policy p ronouncements in this regard, the Indian government has d ecided to submit a Right to Education (RTE) bill for parliamentary approval, which shall make it a right of each child to receive school education during 6-14-year age. The draft of this bill that implicitly mandates reliance on government type of school system as the m ajor vehicle for RTE implementation has been approved by the cabinet. The present article analyses budgetary i mplications of implementing this right that provides for its court mandated enforcement.

1 Background

In our analysis, the demands on the use of education budget have been pegged at a level that has been endorsed by the Tapas M ajumdar Committee (1999), which corresponds to typical worldwide practices where the universal school education goal has been realised. The norm of the education budget of 6% of the gross d omestic product (GDP) has been taken which has been articulated by various committees as the ideal norm in due course of time. Currently, we do not spend even 4% of GDP on education when we consider combined budgets of the centre and the states. Many countries like China and Singapore have provided for universal government-funded schooling even after spending less than 4% of the GDP on their education budget. However, no major country in the world (except Cuba) has a llocated more than 6% of its GDP to education on a sustained basis even while e nsuring government-funded universal school education and substantial funding of higher education for all (Statistical Year Book UNESCO).

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such a provision. However, none has implied or even indicated that exclusive reliance on the government school system with permanent regular schoolteachers could make an education budget of 6% of GDP inadequate and insufficient to ensure universal school education in the country in the short or medium term. We examine this aspect thoroughly in this paper because it has implications on the content and instrumentality of implementation of the RTE legislation.

In Section 2, we present the estimation framework and crucial assumptions about the parameter values in future years. The third section then presents our estimates and discusses implications under alternative scenarios. The fourth and final section discusses policy implications and possible solutions for the implementation of the RTE Act in India.

2 Estimation Framework

Our estimation framework has two distinct components. First, we estimate the total money available for each child eligible to go to school, as per national priority and commitment. This is done by estimating the proportion of GDP (100*b%) available as overall education budget and its share (100*a%) that would be spent on school education, with (1-a) going to higher secondary, college, higher, professional and adult education. The total amount of money available for school education is, then, divided by the number of student population (SP) in school-going age to estimate the budget available per child in schools. Next, we determine how much money can be paid as teacher salary, for the given educational spending per child. This is done by estimating the share of money (100*c%) that had to be spent on various activities of the education department other than the salary of teachers. The share of money available to spend on teachers, (1-c), is then used to determine

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the monthly salary that teachers can be given at the start of their career. For this, we estimate the number of children that a teacher would cover, i e, student-teacher ratio (STR), the share of total spending on teachers in the form of salaries (100*d%)

Table 1: Budget Availability (at 2006 Prices) Per Child with Education Budget at 6% of GDP

Year Total Estimated Popultion in Population Total Number of GDP School Education Fund

Population 5 to 9 -Year in 10 to 14 -Year Children in 5-14 (Rs in Crore) Education Budget Available/ in India Age Group Age Group Year-Age Group with 9% pa Available/Child/ Child/ Year in Rs (in ‘000) (%) (%) (in ‘000) Real Growth #1 Year .in Rs #2 (80% Coverage) #3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

2006 11,21,914 10.72 11.01 2,43,792 35,80,000 5,874 7,342

2011 12,01,810 9.52 9.94 2,33,872 55,58,920 9,508 11,885

with the rest spent on benefits, a parame-2016 12,77,770 8.9 8.9 2,27,443 85,53,087 15,042 18,803

ter linking the career start salary with the 2021 13,47,742 8.4 8.4 2,26,421 1,31,59,984 23,249 29,061

average over the career salary (e), and annual-monthly salary converter (12).

The above analytical framework is represented by the following four equations. Total money available for school education/year = (b*a*GDP) (1) Total education spending per child = A = (b*a*GDP)/SP. (2) Annual spending per teacher = B1 = A* (1-c)* STR (3) Average monthly career start salary of teachers = B = (B1/12)*d*e (4) where: GDP is gross domestic product; b is the proportion of GDP that is allocated as education budget; a is the share of the total education budget that is spent on school education; SP is the student population in school-going age; c is the share of school education spending on all educational programme expenses other than spending on teachers; STR is the studentteacher ratio; d is the share of total spending on teachers that they receive as salary while 1-d is spent as benefits to teachers; e is the ratio of salary at the start of the career to the average salary over teachers’ career of around 30 years.

Since policy decisions can be taken only with a medium- to long-term perspective, we estimate all these parameters with five-year intervals over 2006-21, using the data from the most reliable available sources.

Indiastat.com tables on Indian population readily provide population projection by broad age groups. We have adopted their projections for the age-group of 5-14 years as our estimates of the children in the school-going age group of 6-15 years to be on a conservative side. These estimates are provided in Table 1. It is clear from the table that as per the projections of Indiastat.com, the absolute population of children in the school-going age-group of 6-15 years is sharply falling from 244 million in the year 2006 to 234 million in the year 2011 to 226 million in the year 2021. While we have our reservation to forecast

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# 1: GDP growth is considered on actual basis till 2006-07 and then @9% pa. #2: Total School Education budget is taken as = 2/3rd of 6% of GDP (while 1/3rd is left for higher school and university education), which is divided by total number of children in 5-14 year age group and assuming 100% coverage of children. #3:This column gives budget per child by assuming that only 80% children would be covered with full budgetary support of 6% of GDP.

such a sharp decline in the population of children, we accept these projections to be on the conservative side. If the number of children in this age group turns out to be more, then the money available per child would be less and hence the salary that could be paid to each teacher would be less than our estimates given in Section 3.

Secondly, we can conduct the whole e xercise at constant 2006 prices so that all inflation-related components of the pay-package of the schoolteachers like dearness and other allowances can be ignored.

3 Alternative Scenarios

We have altogether seven parameters to estimate in our framework including the growth rate of real GDP in India over the next 13 years and the STR. Taking the targets of the national-five-year plans, we have considered the growth rate of 9% as the compounded annual growth rate of real GDP over the period 2006-21. We believe that this rate is unlikely to be surpassed on a sustained basis. Moreover, as argued in Section 1, we do not believe that more than 6% of GDP can be spent on the education sector by the central and all state governments together in India. We, therefore, take b = 0.06 for estimation. Thus, we are effectively assuming the maximal possible availability of school budget over years. It is also important to note that budget availability per child is consistently growing over years since the growth rate of the economy (GDP) is substantially higher than the growth rate of the children population.

In order to estimate our parameter ‘a’, i e, the fraction of the total education budget spent on school education, we can consider the average value observed over the last three to four years in the c ombined budgets of the states and the

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union government in the country. However, we need to recognise that currently India is far from achieving universal school education and that the higher education at present remains substantially subsidised and not privatised. Currently, this proportion in India is around 60%. Over years, we can expect these conditions to change in such a way that about two-thirds of the total budget on education sector would be spent on school education, i e, a = 0.67, r eflecting national priority and emphasis on school education.

For estimating our parameter ‘(1-c)’, i e, the proportion of school budget spent on teachers, we do not have any readily available secondary source of data. However, we have some primary data on the survey conducted in more than 200 schools from seven districts of six states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu over the last four years (see, Bajpai et al 2005, 2008a, 2008b). The proportion of the salaries of teachers in the total school budget is substantially lower in the government schools than in the private schools. In the government schools, it works out to an average of about 70%. Considering the cost of teachers’ training, inspection and other departmental administrative staff this proportion may be 60% to 65%. We can, therefore, take this proportion to be 65%, s to be on the conservative side, i e, (1-c) = 0.65. This share of spending on teachers’ emolument represents a very liberal assumption in favour of the teacher, since the remaining share of 35% is to cover all capital expenditure on school infrastructure building and maintenance, all school administrative and supervisory o fficers, including Block and Cluster Resource Coordinators and school inspectors, teacher training and curriculum planning set up including the District I nsti tutes of Education and Training ( DIETs) and State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), pro visions of free textbooks, and annual e xamination, etc.

The estimate of the parameter ‘d’ in our framework, i e, ratio of teachers’ salaries and the total cost to government of employing teachers, is obtained from the special study sponsored by the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC). The study conducted by the Xavier Labour Research I nstitute (see, Premrajan et al 2007) estimated the cost to government to be around 40% more than the salary in the scales of the schoolteachers, i e, d = 1/1.4 = 0.7143.

The estimate for the parameter ‘e’ in our framework, i e, the r atio of the starting salary at the beginning of the career and the average salary of a schoolteacher over the whole working life taken as 40 years, is obtained from the recommended increments of 3% per annum in the running pay-bands of the schoolteachers as per the announcement through extraordinary resolution of the Ministry of Finance dated 29 August 2008. At 20 years of a verage work experience, the increments would add up to about 80% of the initial salary, i e, e = 1/1.8 = 0.5556.

Finally, we consider the STR for the relevant period of time. The Tapas Majumdar Committee (1999) recommended it to be 30:1, which is higher than the norm of 18 to 25 in most low and middle income countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, I ndonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand (Jha et al 2008). Only in India and Philippines, this ratio exceeds 30. Currently the ratio in government schools in India is around 36 (in 2006-07) declining from 41 in the year 2003-04 (Mehta 2008). The ratio may further decline to the desired level of 30 by the year 2011. Thus, we take two alternative values of STR for our arguments here, STR = 30 and STR = 40 to build alternative scenarios.

With all the seven parameters in our framework assuming values that are conservatively selected for our ultimate argument, we need to take the absolute estimate of GDP at current market prices for the year 2005-06 to complete all calculations of what is affordable. The GDP e stimate is taken from the G overnment of I ndia (2008) to be Rs 35.80 trillion.

T able 1 gives the total budgetary resource available to teach one child over one year in schools as per our estimates for a p eriod extending up to 2021.

It is clear from Table 1 that per child availability of the school education budget is rapidly increasing over years in real terms in the country if 6% of GDP is earmarked for the budget of the education sector every year. Column 8 of Table 1 also indicates the per child budget availability if only 80% children are covered with the full budgetary support. Columns 7 and 8 in Table 1, therefore, provide the estimate of the maximum budget available per child for school education depending on the coverage. Applying our framework further, we now compute the salary that can be paid to schoolteachers. The estimates are presented in Table 2A (p 41). Since the salary of schoolteachers is s pecified separately for the primary and middle school, we compute these by a ssuming that teachers in the middle and secondary school classes would receive 20% higher salary compared to lower p rimary teachers.

Table 2A indicates that 6% of GDP as education budget cannot give a starting salary to primary schoolteachers, at the beginning of their career, higher than Rs 3,443 per month while a s econdary schoolteacher cannot expect to earn more than Rs 4,132 per month, as gross salary, in the year 2006. Against these budget constrained levels of feasible salary, the Sixth CPC has awarded salary scales to teachers, which is almost 285% higher in 2006, and 200% higher in 2011. Due to high growth in GDP, these budget constrained affordable salary levels could rise over years to reach Rs 12,390 in 2021 (in 2006 prices) for primary teachers, and Rs 14,868 for secondary school teachers, but then new pay commissions would announce newer and higher

salary levels, ultimately maintaining the viability gap.1

To explore alternatives available to policy makers, we have adjusted the estimates of Table 2A under three alternative scenarios. In the first case, (Table 2B, p 41), the STR has been raised to 40 from 30. This raises the budget permissible salary levels of teachers, but at the cost of quality of education due to higher students per teacher. In spite of this, the feasible salary level remains equal to one-third of salary awarded by the Sixth Pay Commission. In the second case (Table 2C, p 41), it is assu med that the budget would be used to cover only 80% of eligible children, while the parents will cover the cost of 20% going to private schools. The salary that could be paid to teachers even under this assumption remains around one-third of the Sixth Pay Commission award. In the third scenario (Table 2D, p 41), we

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Table 2A: Feasible Monthly Salary for Primary and Secondary Schoolteachers

(with 100% children coverage and average student-teacher ratio of 30:1, in Rs per month)

Year Available Gross Aerage Gross Average Career Start Feasible Pay Commission Feasible Pay Commission Education Monthly Emolument Salary of Average Career Start Recommendation Career Recommendation Fund/ Child/ Feasible/ Teachers/ Salary Salary for for Primary Start Salary for Secondary Year (in Rs) Teacher (in Rs) Month Feasible Primary@ Schools for SS @ School 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

2006 5,874 9,545 6,818 3,788 3,443 13,042 4,132 15,996

2011 9,508 14,045 10,032 5,574 5,067 13,042 6,080 15,996

2016 15,042 22,221 15,872 8,818 8,016 13,042 9,620 15,996

2021 23,249 34,345 24,532 13,629 12,390 13,042 14,868 15,996

Table 2B: With 100% Children Coverage and Average Student-Teacher Ratio of 40:1

u nder the given economic and fiscal c onstraints in India. Second, the government can keep the budget allocation at 6% of GDP, but then cover much less than the u niversal coverage of children under primary and secondary schools. The provisions of RTE will rule out this option. The political leadership in the country will rule out the possibility of reducing the government schoolteachers’ salary signifi

2006 5,874 12,727 9,091 5,050 4,591 13,042 5,509 15,996 cantly below the levels recommended by

2011 9,508 20,600 14,714 8,175 7,431 13,042 8,918 15,996 the Sixth Pay Commission either through 2016 15,042 32,591 23,280 12,933 11,757 13,042 14,109 15,996

hiring them on ad hoc basis or denying

2021 23,249 50,372 35,980 19,989 18,172 13,042 21,806 15,996

them the benefits available to permanent regular teachers for a longer time. The

Table 2C: With 80% Children Coverage and Average Student-Teacher Ratio of 30:1

2006 7,342 11,931 8,522 4,735 4,304 13,042 5,165 15,996 only remaining a lternative, therefore, is

2011 11,885 19,312 13,795 7,664 6,967 13,042 8,360 15,996 to pursue the goal of universal school

2016 18,803 30,554 21,825 12,125 11,023 13,042 13,227 15,996

2021 29,061 47,224 33,731 18,740 17,036 13,042 20,443 15,996
Table 2D: With 80% Children Coverage and Average Student-Teacher Ratio of 40:1
2006 7,342 15,908 11,363 6,313 5,739 13,042 6,887 15,996
2011 11,885 25,750 18,393 10,218 9,289 13,042 11,147 15,996
2016 18,803 40,739 29,099 16,166 14,697 13,042 17,636 15,996
2021 29,061 62,965 44,975 24,986 22,715 13,042 27,258 15,996

@ Salary of secondary schoolteachers is taken 20% higher than the primary schoolteacher on an average.

Source : For Column 2, Table 1; For the rest, see the text.

consider both the lenient assumptions of STR=40 and student coverage of only 80% by the government schools. Even with such relaxed assumptions, the salary affordable to the permanent regular teacher in the government schools works out only to 43% in 2006 and 70% in 2011 of the salary recommended by the Sixth CPC award.

The estimates of the feasible salary that can be paid to schoolteachers presented in Tables 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D have been made under very liberal assumptions of availability of education budget (at 6% of GDP), and very high share of the budget allocation (67%) for school education. The growth of economy too has been projected at an ambitious rate of 9% pa in real terms over a decade and a half. Thus, the education budget assumed in our estimates represents simply the upper limit of the government resource availability for the school education sector. If the economic growth turns out to be lower, and demands from other social sectors, like health, unemployment benefits, old age pension, etc, rise, resources available for the school education sector would be much lower than what we have assumed. As a result, the feasible salaries of the schoolteachers would be substantially lower than what our estimates in Table 2 suggest. The other parameter values considered in our estimates are also conservatively s elected to see whether the government schools can effectively deliver the universal schooling to all our children in the school-going age-groups.

Table 2 clearly demonstrates that under all reasonable scenarios, and maximal favourable assumptions, the feasible salary that can be paid to schoolteachers remains substantially less than the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. Meeting the goal of universal schooling of all of India’s children under an education b udget of 6% of GDP is, therefore, not possible if all school education is through government schools and all the teachers are to be paid salary as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.

4 Policy Implications

There are only three ways in which the government can pay to all teachers a s alary recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission. First, the education budget can be raised much beyond 6% of GDP, to above 15% of GDP on a sustained basis. This is neither feasible nor practicable c overage through p ublic-private partnership (PPP) in which low cost private providers of school education, who pay much lower teacher salary, cover a significant part of school education. As it happens, many studies have brought out that private/non-government schools can supply a reasonable quality of school education at almost 25% to 35% of the cost of government education (Pankaj Jain 1997; Tooley et al 2007; Vachani and Smith 2008). This happens b ecause the salary of a schoolteacher in the p rivate sector is almost 25% to 35% of the government s alary as found by several studies (see for instance, Bajpai et al 2008a and 2008b).

The Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) of Madhya Pradesh, Shiksha Karmi programme of Rajasthan and Alternative School (AS)/Centres under Sarva S hiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have all been funded by the government to provide education to disadvantaged communities. Although the teacher salary and per child budgetary allocation under these schemes was very low, they still managed to provide an education of quality comparable or better than that in regular government schools in many cases. There are many examples of good educational outcomes under such schemes and with minor a djustments in the norms, Alternative and Innovative E ducation (AIE)/SSA can be strengthened to ensure higher quality educational outcomes, at least comparable to or exceeding the educational outcomes in regular government schools.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) education programme, Gyan Shala, in

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Table 3: A Feasible Scenario for Meeting Minimalist Educational Goals

Year Children in Children Children in Pupil/Teacher Cost/Child in Cost/Child School Education Share of Government in PPP Government Ratio in Government in PP P Education Budget School Education Schools (%) Schools (%) Funded Government School School Budget as % of GDP Budget Schools (%) Schools (Rs crore) for PPP

2006 29 10 39 40 18,575 3,600 1,40,104 6.02 6.26

2011 34 20 54 30 24,767 4,376 2,17,408 6.02 9.41

2016 43 20 63 30 24,767 5,319 2,66,419 4.79 9.08

2021 68 20 88 30 24,767 6,465 4,10,607 4.80 7.13

PPP stands for public-private partnership arrangement.

Gujarat, which is supported under the AS scheme of SSA, provides assured quality education to children from poor families and raises their learning levels on par with those who study in leading private sector schools. The p rogramme is designed to be replicated as self-contained a uto nomous unit covering around 15,000 children, while s pending around Rs 1,500 per child per year (for details, see www.gyanshala. org). If the programmes like Gyan Shala are permitted to act as feeder school to the government schools starting at grade 4 or 5, the government schools can almost d ouble the money available per child studying in higher classes, which then can sustain the existing higher level of government


76 teacher salary. P romotion of programmes like Gyan S hala would require only minor tinkering with existing SSA policies. The RTE Act, therefore, needs to recognise this aspect explicitly and p rovide for the PPP in the primary and secondary school e ducation sector.

Possible Solutions

(A) One solution for meeting educational goals of India would, therefore, be a very large expansion of AS/AIE under SSA, after some improvements in the budget allocation to support higher education quality and setting up mechanisms to assess quality. This scheme should cover the bulk of primary education up to grade 4

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or 5. The regular government schools could then f ocus on the education in grades 4-10. The salary of teachers and the cost of educating a child under AIE/ SSA would be lower than the requirements indicated in our estimates in Section 3. This would allow the government to sustain higher teacher salary and per child cost in its regular schools for grades 4-10. An expanded AIE/SSA provision for grades 1-4 children (and not only out-ofschool-children), coupled with the focus on existing government schools on grades 4 onwards, could help India meet its educational goals and also pay its regular government teachers the salary as per the Sixth CPC recommendations.

(B) Another alternative would be for the government to contract out the bulk of school education delivery up to grade 5 to private schools. A study by Tooley, Dixon and Gomthi (2007) showed that children in such schools in Hyderabad scored a lmost one sigma higher than the average test score of children in government schools. It is, therefore, not at all an

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i nferior solution. It would enable proportionately higher amount of budget to be allocated to higher classes, and make the government to play a more active role in the schooling of higher grades, the bulk of which is currently left to private sector providers.

In Table 3 (p 42), we have computed a scenario of PPP that would allow universal school coverage within the realistic budgetary provisions for school education. It assumes an STR of 40 in the base year 2006 and STR of 30 in the future years of 2011, 2016 and 2021. Moreover, we begin with the low coverage of students in the government-funded schools in 2006 and gradually increase it in a feasible way ensuring maximum coverage keeping the low cost government-funded private schools to not more than 20% in the partnership. It is consistent with either of the above two ways (A or B) of the PPP models and, therefore, can be implemented by the government if the RTE Act provides for them.

It can be seen from Table 3 that in our suggested solution, the share of the budget provided for PPP would keep falling from about 9.4% in the year 2011 to 7.1% in the year 2021 even when the children covered by the government-funded private schools remain 20% in all these years. Our calculations suggest that the coverage ratio in the government-funded schools would rise from the current level of 39% to about 88% in the year 2021. We have deliberately kept the budget allocation for the education sector at about 4.8% only in the years 2016 and 2021. This is because the past experience suggests expectation of another round of revision of teachers’ salaries by that time. With the expected revision of salaries, the provided 4.8% budget would become 6%, assuming a real revision of about 25%.

Both the alternatives A and B, presented above, are not effectively included in the proposed RTE Act. Since these are perhaps the only possible solutions, the RTE Act as proposed seems to be infeasible and impractical. If passed in its present form without modifications, it will become one more illustration of “a right” granted on paper but violated in practice! Some e ducation experts have opposed the e xpansion of government funding for AS/AIE

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scheme and for any PPP based on low cost schooling as inherently iniquitous and against the poor (GOI 2005 and Kothari Commission 1966). However, now there exists credible e vidence that both AS/AIE funded non-government schools and private schools provided better quality education than the average government schools (Tooley et al 2007). Moreover, the m ajority of government-funded high school education in India is already in the form of PPP, under the government aided school system. Hence, such objections to the suggested solutions may not be taken seriously.

Another objection to our arguments and estimates can be in terms of their incompatibility with “official estimates” of resource requirements for universal school education, made by the Saikia Committee (GOI 1997) and Tapas Majumdar Committee (GOI 1999). In fact, none of these committees, as pointed out in Section 1, has taken teacher salary anywhere close to what has been recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission, whereas we have considered this aspect explicitly. Our analysis, therefore, is not contrary but complementary to the analysis of these committees. An independent assessment of resource requirement by the Earth Institute-IIMA collaboration (Bajpai, Dholakia and Sachs 2005, 2008a and 2008b) had actually projected a large use of low salary teachers for meeting the universal school coverage goal, we are proposing the same solution here.

Implementation of any of the above two alternatives would require finding new solutions about quality control, equity and access, and introducing institutional r eforms that would make either of these approaches consistent with (and serve) national educational goals. It would be a challenging task, but then, solving the problem of India’s education sector cannot be easy.


1 In our analysis, we have taken the number of c hildren to be covered under school programme over a 10-year age interval, to conform to the r ecommendations of the Tapas Majumdar Committee that recommends that the government must support high school education, and also b ecause this is the least number of years of e ducation that is supported by the government in any country in the world that spends close to 6% of GDP on education.

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    Investment in research or in scientific activity is ultimately a community decision, supported by public funds. Scientists, therefore, have the...

    Empirical data from the last two-and-a-half decades tells stories of upper-caste hegemony and lack of lower-caste representation in Indian media....

    In recent times, the right to speech, expression and the right to protest have been constantly undermined. An attack on these rights runs contrary...

    This article argues in favour of dismantling the Industrial Disputes Act. For several decades now, the provisions in the IDA have been the leading...

    The presence of status quo bias and information asymmetry in the market of menstrual products as deterrents for urban, educated menstruating women...

    This article raises wider questions like whether the social sciences have been able to provide any meaning to the Covid-19 crisis by exploring the...

    As a signatory to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, India is committed to ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational...

    There is a tendency to view the threat to judicial independence in India as emerging from the executive branch, and occasionally the legislature....

    COVID-19 and the resultant lockdowns have severely curtailed the mobility of persons with disabilities, restricted their ability to seek basic...

    The extraordinary nature of the crisis faced by the Congress means that the revival of the party is necessarily predicated upon its renewal. This...

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