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

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Need to Avoid Binaries

Government vs Private Schools in ASER 2014

The release of the independent Annual Status of Education Report has become an annual event, bringing attention to the status of learning amongst children in rural India. An examination of the 2014 report looks at the representation of data within the binary of government vs private schooling, as well as the silence of the report on the quality of private schools, and highlights the need to move beyond binaries to understand teaching-learning processes better.

The provisional Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014, prepared by the ASER Centre, a unit of the non-governmental organisation Pratham, was released on 13 January 2015 with much fanfare and to the notice of the media.

In its 10th year, the report continues to illustrate the all too dismal state of learning outcomes of children in rural India. It also indicates that the enrolment in private schools is increasing steadily and that students in these schools have better learning outcomes than those of their peers in government schools.

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