How elections could get teachers to show up
Improved teacher attendance in government schools ahead of elections might stem from elected officials' increased concern for public services before the polls.
Teacher absenteeism in government schools is one of the biggest problems plaguing the Indian education system. According to one 2014 estimate, the amount of public money wasted because of absenteeism was around $1.5 billion a year, or 60% of the entire education cess collected in 2010. New research suggests that there is some method to this absenteeism: teacher’s attendance in classrooms could be linked to the election cycle.