This Country Research Summary describes and explains patterns of access to schools in two districts in India. It outlines policy and practice on access to education and provides an analysis of access, vulnerability and exclusion. The quantitative data is supported by a review of research, which explains the patterns of access and exclusion. Drawing upon questions and issues raised in the Country Analytic Report (CAR) on Access to Basic Education in India (Govinda and Bandyopadhyay, 2008), the paper uses the findings of empirical studies conducted in 36 villages and 88 schools covering 9,653 children located in three different clusters of two states, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh over three rounds of data collection in 2007, 2008 and 2009, to reflect on policies and practices on access to schools in India.
CREATE Country Research Summaries, 27 pp.