school vouchers

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Publication: 
Prabhat Khabar (Gaya Edition)
Publication Date: 
24 February 2015

Blueprint for a flawless education system

Author: Parth J Shah
Publication: One India One People , 15 May 2013
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Quality education and skills training are two of the most critical ingredients for youth empowerment, for the demographic dividend, and for a prosperous and peaceful India. The access to education is now almost universal; we have built schools, provided mid-day meals, uniforms and textbooks to attract students to schools. And more than 96% of school-going age children are in schools.

Vouchers can change the way governments fund education

Author: Parth Shah and Julie Gilstrap
Publication: The Economic Times , 17 November 2011
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In 2009, with the introduction of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the government declared that all children between ages 6 and 14 are entitled to education paid for by the state.

The RTE is supposed to be about education, and about universal access to that education. It seeks to accomplish this by looking at all the things that go into education - school buildings, curriculum, textbooks, teachers, other children in the classroom - and trying to ensure that what is offered to all children is the same.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/policy/vouchers-can-change-the-way-governments-fund-education/articleshow/10762922.cms

Ways to implement RTE discussed

The state is all set to implement the Right to Education (RTE) law and recently issued a notification that included the issue of private schools being asked to reserve 25 per cent seats for underprivileged children.

A meeting of industry representatives, educationists and social activists was held here on Thursday to discuss ways to implement RTE rules in the state, in association with Times Foundation and Yuva Unstoppable.

Publication: 
The Times of India
Publication Date: 
17 April 2011

What an idea, Sir ji!

What do programmes like the New Pension Scheme (NPS), the UIDAI, the Right to Education, the Right to Information, and many more, have in common, apart from the fact that all have been launched by the UPA? Almost all, believe it or not, were originally efforts made by individuals/NGOs which have now got mainstreamed and have the potential, in both good ways and bad, to change our lives in a big way.

Publication: 
The Financial Express
Publication Date: 
13 September 2010

Kaushik Basu has reason to be happy, school voucher trials a hit

Over the last year, eleven-year old Sameera Ullah and her younger sister Saeeda have begun faring well at school. Their family of eight, with a disposable income of just Rs 5,500 per month, is proud of the girls’ ability to speak and read English much better than before.
Elder brothers, Aman and Vali – who run the two-room household in North-east Delhi — are so enthused that nearly 10% of their tight budget has been set aside for private tuitions to the girls.

Publication: 
The Economic Times
Publication Date: 
14 July 2010

Indian Liberals and Colour Pictures

Earlier this week, I spent two days at a fascinating colloquium on Indian liberalism in the outskirts of Bangalore. At night we slept in airconditioned tents, and in the day, gathered in a conference room and discussed weighty matters like the definition, relevance and scope of Indian liberalism. I was awed by the intellectual firepower that I was privileged to be in the company of -- but, at the same time, there hung in the air a whiff of the same kind of dissonance that the airconditioned tents evoked.

Publication: 
Yahoo! India News
Publication Date: 
16 June 2010

Where private and public co-exist: The opportunity in the Right to Education Act

Author: Parth J Shah
Publication: Pragati , 28 February 2010

Over the years, India has aspired to provide education to every child in the age group of 6-14. Sadly, as some recent surveys and data show, there is a huge gap between aspirations and actual achievements. This gap can only be filled by encouraging private involvement over and above reforming government schools.

State of elementary education in India

Source: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2010/03/where-private-and-public-co-exist/

Are private schools better?

Author: Parth J Shah
Publication: Business Standard , 2 February 2010

It is in recognition of the merit of private schools that the Act says they must reserve seats for the poor. Why not give students a 100 per cent choice?

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/are-private-schools-better/384414/

School Choice National Conference: Opening Remarks

Author: Parth J Shah
Publication: SCNC 2009
Date: 16 December 2009

Good morning!  It is my great honor to welcome you to the School Choice National Conference. It’s hosted by the School Choice Campaign of the Centre for Civil Society. CCS practices Social Change through Public Policy! We are a think tank that uses research and advocacy to review and recommend changes in policy in the areas of education, livelihood, and governance and also engages India’s youth through our New Ideas, New Leaders programs.

Source: http://schoolchoice.in/scnc2009/
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