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School Choice in Rural India

Indian parents are faced with more choices of schools, but with less information on schools and schooling. The study across four states in rural India suggests that perceptions of teaching–learning, discipline, and safety of children in schools determine school choice among parents. Expenses are a critical consideration for parents who send children to public schools, while the English medium is important for parents of children going to private schools. However, parental choices of low-fee private schools are often not based on accurate information, and parents emphasise many educationally unimportant but aspirational factors. The marketing efforts of schools and cultural aspirations of parents reinforce each other, allowing for a situation in which actual educational outcomes can be subordinated, or worse, undermined.

Studying Childhood in India

A look at the various ideas of childhood that have been dominant in India over the past century or so, and what they mean for parenting, pedagogy and politics in the new century.

Urdu Education in India

While Urdu has given way to more career-oriented education, commitment to its revival must solely base itself on a cultural, religious and political identity. An experimental, even innovative educational approach as seen in other regional mediums might provide a welcome strategy.

Taking Schools to Children

In a unique experiment designed to ensure access to educational opportunities to child-labourers in the brick kiln industry, 'bhonga shalas' perform several roles. By their wider involvement of the community, they also afford employment opportunities to several tribal youth and ensure continuity in the educational process.
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