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Measuring Access to Higher Education

A response to “Measuring Access, Quality and Relevance in Higher Education” by Pankaj Mittal et al (EPW, 13 June 2020) discusses the inadequacy of eligible enrolment ratio as an indicator to measure the access to higher education by raising the question of social determinants of the criteria of measurement.

The article titled “Measuring Access, Quality and Relevance in Higher Education” by Pankaj Mittal et al (EPW, 13 June 2020) is an important attempt to revisit the measurement of access in higher education. It discusses the inadequacies of indicator of measurement of access. What is being measured in education, alongside the why and how of it to be measured and in education reflects how education is conceived and operated. The ideological orientation and purpose of those who measure and the sociopolitical context in which a phenomenon is measured influence the choice of indicator and interpretation of findings.

By projecting the eligible enrolment ratio (EER) in higher education in India and comparing it with other developed and developing countries, the article places India in a better position. This article, however, aims to highlight certain flaws in its core argument, that the EER is the most appropriate indicator for assessing access, quality and relevance to higher education. It appears that the article could not succeed in locating higher education access in the larger sociopolitical and economic context of modern society.

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Updated On : 6th Oct, 2020

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