The consequences of privatisation of education for social stratification

Madan, Amman (2016) The consequences of privatisation of education for social stratification. Learning Curve (25). pp. 21-23.

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Author here that privatisation of school or college education cannot be a satisfactory solution for India or for any country with a great deal of internal inequality. Saying clearly what one means by privatisation first may help. While a case may be made for an even larger usage of the term, in this article by privatisation I refer mainly to schools or colleges which charge fees from parents and use that as the main resource for paying teachers, maintaining the school and so on. This is not the same as schools where the major costs are borne by grants from the government or from community donations or from philanthropists. I include in privatisation the growth of schools and colleges which are paid for through student loans, since those, too, have to be eventually paid for by individual students and their families. So even a school run by the government, but with most of its costs borne through school fees, would also be a form of privatisation. Asking a student to pay most of the material costs of education relies primarily on the notion of the private in society, where a private individual pays a cost in exchange for private benefits. This is in contrast with where society bears most of the material costs of education, in return for a mix of private and public benefits to both the individual and the community.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Madan, Amman
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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