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School Vouchers

Sunil Mitra Kumar (“Is There a Case for School Vouchers?”, EPW, 13 February 2010) wonders whether there is a case for school vouchers. His answer is no, of course. His article is long and shows his readings of current academic debate on the issue, but alas his premises are too narrow to come to any other conclusion than negative.

Premise 1: National educational systems, and of a size like India’s even more so, are very complicated and involve so many stakeholders, management levels and professionals so any change of the system must also be systematic. Premise 2: School vouchers are too small and disparate to change anything at a systemic level. Ergo: Vouchers are useless for a national education system.

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