Does school choice help rural children from disadvantaged sections?

Karopady, D. D. (2014) Does school choice help rural children from disadvantaged sections? Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (51). pp. 46-53. ISSN 2349-8846

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Internationally, considerable research has been carried out on the subject of school choice or school vouchers. Recent evidence in other countries is mixed but increasingly pointing towards school choice not adding value in terms of curricular learning achievement. This paper presents findings from a large-scale five-year longitudinal research based on the randomised control trial methodology that was conducted in Andhra Pradesh. It finds that private schools add no value to children in terms of learning outcomes as compared to government schools. Children shifting to private schools under a scholarship programme perform no better than their government school counterparts even after five years of private schooling.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Karopady, D. D.
Uncontrolled Keywords: School Choice, Rural children
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Social sciences > Education > Schools & their activities; special education
Divisions: Field Institutes > Field Institute - Karnataka
Full Text Status: Public
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