Some of the 450 pupils at a private low-cost school in Bandlaguda, Hyderabad  (photo: P Dixon)

Geopolitics: Is there a better way to regulate affordable private schools in India?

New laws to provide free education for all children in India could backfire on hundreds of thousands of the poorest and see them turned out of their high-achieving schools, warns GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon in this special report.

THE Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act known as the Right to Education Act (RTE) came into force in India early in 2010.

This marked an historic moment because all children in India are now ‘guaranteed their right’ to 'quality' elementary education by the state.

However, as set out in earlier papers in this series on education in developing countries, ...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
In urban areas of India it is reported that 65 per cent of the poorest children attend affordable private schools and in rural areas it is now estimated that figure is about one third of children
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