IN 2003, James Tooley, a professor at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, completed and published the results of a year-long survey of private schools for children of low-income families in Hyderabad. âPrivate Schools for the Poor: A Case Study from Indiaâ, as the report was titled, found an astounding 61 percent of all pupils in Hyderabad district â much higher than official figures â were enrolled in private, unaided schools. This included, of course, the wealthy and the poor.
Narrowing down to 15 private schools in low-income and slum areas â âan arbitrary selectionâŚ to ensure a balance of neighbourhoods and fee rangesâ â Tooley and his researchers concluded teacher truancy and school responsiveness rates here compared favourably with government schools. For this, parents â âdaily paid labourers, market traders or rickshaw driversâ â were willing to pay fees âin the range of five to 10 percent of the fatherâs annual incomeâ. The average tuition fee in the selected schools was Rs 116 per month. Read More>
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