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Schooling for All : Can We Neglect the Demand? (Hardcover) (V. Santhakumar & Namita Gupta & Rama Murthy
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The book demonstrates that children belonging to specific socioeconomic groups are more likely to drop out of schools, attend irregularly, and learn less even if they are in school in India. Their parents do not demonstrate adequate demand for schooling. These people do not see education contributing to a better life for their children. This could be, as argued in the book, due to a number of reasons, including their dependence on low-productivity from agriculture or unskilled labour, not seeing many people from their social group getting the benefits of education, and absence of social mobilizations which have focused on education of the under-privileged groups in many parts of India. This problem of low demand for schooling continues despite a marked improvement in the provisioning of schools in the country. This book argues that the problems of schooling in India cannot be addressed merely by providing more and better quality schools. There is a need to strongly encourage parents (especially those belonging to certain social groups and in specific regions) to keep children in schools, to see that they attend regularly, and to ensure that children learn adequately. Though mid-day meals, Right to Education Act, etc., are meant for this purpose, more efforts are needed in this direction.
Number of Pages: 236
Genre: Business + Money Management, History
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: V. Santhakumar & Namita Gupta & Rama Murthy Sripada
Street Date: November 29, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-0606
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