School Choice in India: disadvantaged groups and low-fee private schools

Srivastava, Prachi (2006) School Choice in India: disadvantaged groups and low-fee private schools. In: The Globalisation of School Choice: An International Research Symposium, 11- 12 December 2006, University of Western Australia, Perth.

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Abstract

The widespread emergence of what is termed here, low-fee private (LFP) schooling in India heralds the need to look beyond international and national rhetoric framed by various Education For All targets and campaigns. The significance of the LFP sector is critical because it is uniquely characterised as a private sector of formal provision targeted to a clientele with persistent schooling gaps and low levels of participation and because it necessitates an examination of changes in schooling provision for disadvantaged groups and their schooling choices. Paradoxically, the increased marketisation and privatisation of the schooling for disadvantaged groups has occurred in an era of increased outward commitment to the Education for All goals of access, equity, and quality in schooling provided by the State. With special reference to the LFP sector, this paper will examine the growth of private provision in India, as an economically developing country facing the problem of increasing educational demand, constrained public budgets, and the deteriorating actual or perceived quality of state education. The paper will analyse the increasingly segmented schooling market for disadvantaged groups and highlight the sources of heterogeneity across the private sector. It will also juxtapose disadvantaged parents' reasons for choosing the LFP sector alongside the State's rhetoric of Education for All and quality provision.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Prachi Srivastava
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:14
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 08:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30425
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