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Public education in the marketplace

Print edition : July 08, 2016

At a school in Allahabad. At a school in Allahabad. The much-lauded 25 per cent admission for children from the economically weaker sections in private schools in the RTE Act started the PPP model which allows transfer of crores of public funds to high-fee charging and low-budget private schools alike. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

The state of a Government-run school for Dalits (Adi Dravidar) at Thulasingapuram, Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan

Successive governments have failed to meet their constitutional obligations in the field of education and have, instead, systematically deprived, then disparaged and now demolished state-run schools, and this has had the effect of reinforcing rather than removing class, caste and gender inequalities.
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