This Study considers issues pertaining to the following significant question: Are there innovative ways available using public-private partnerships by which low fee private schools can provide expanded access to improved learning performance at an affordable cost and in a sustainable manner whilst still addressing equity and system improvement concerns?
This Study reviews this question in three separate Parts: Part 1 provides a brief review of the current levels of provision in India and drivers of growth and a consideration of the issues of choice and quality in the private basic education sector. Part 2 then looks in more depth at a specific and innovative education programme - the Gyan Shala programme – that is provided by the non state sector and that has been running since 2006/2007 providing low cost basic education to children from very poor backgrounds in the states of Bihar and Gujarat. Part 3 then considers whether Gyan Shala provides a marketised option that is financially sustainable, scaleable and socially equitable in the context of high density urban slum environments.
CfBT Education Trust. Preliminary Study into Low Fee Private Schools and Education - Final Report. CfBT Education Trust, Reading, UK (2011) 68 pp.