After 70 years after independence, the tragic reality of Indian schools is that who we are, where we live, how much we earn and our gender influences the kind of education we will get. In this collection of essays the author explores the contours of a school system that is facing a crisis of legitimacy. While India aspires to march towards a knowledge driven society and economy, millions of young people are left behind. Those who can afford march out of government schools only to realise that the private schools are no better. The schools they attend leaves them with little knowledge or skill, a very low self-esteem and a bleak future. This book argues that the struggle for equality in education, is ultimately a struggle for quality both being two sides of the same coin.
About the Author
VIMALA RAMACHANDRAN is Director of the Educational Resource Unit, Jaipur and Delhi, a research and consulting group which she established in 1998. She began her career teaching Indian politics and political philosophy at a women’s college in Delhi University.