Market no fix for education
It has become clear that there is no difference in the learning outcomes across private and public schools
About a decade ago, the world of education was abuzz with evidence as to how “low-cost" private schools were solving India’s problems in education, and were better than public schools on all counts, including learning outcomes. It was touted as another instance of how markets could serve all needs, and feted in the pantheon of innovations for the “bottom of the pyramid". This was a fine drug for the market addicted; it’s just that it was not true. Private schools were not delivering better learning outcomes as compared to public schools then, they don’t do so now. The claims on other things like infrastructure were equally misleading.