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Re: A couple of new articles on IPI web site

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
Dear Sir,

"Government schools, colleges and universities shall be abolished"

This is, frankly, an obscene suggestion. The government has a fundamental 
obligation to provide the basic human right of education. Every single 
developed country in the world has a state education system. Education is 
immensly valuable in its own right, but also with respect to raising labour 
productivity and efficiency.

Even in purely economic terms, high stste spending on education makes sense.

Left to the market alone, the poorest (who make up such a huge proportion of 
India's population) will be denied acces to this vital resource.

The single biggest action the Indian government can take to facilitate rapid 
economic growth would be to provide free, universal education.

This can only come about through a significant rise in government spending 
on Education - if needs be, at the cost of other fiscal commitments (eg the 

Richard Parr

>From: "Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok" <sanjeev@sabhlokcity.com>
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Subject: A couple of new articles on IPI web site
>Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 20:31:05 -0800 (PST)
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>a) Dr.Parth Shah recently made a presentation on Education at the ICSSR
>seminar chaired by M.L.Sondhi where B.R. Shenoy was remembered as India's
>major economist of the post-independence era by many including Montek Singh
>His presentation is now available in Word and HTML at:
>	http://www.indiapolicy.org/debate/notes.html
>I particularly commend this to Maja Daruwala, Umesh Tewari and (also, as I
>see from India Today, 31st Jan issue, Tavleen Singh, who is not on this
>debate but desperately needs some education on education: would someone
>send her over this article?) who believe that parents and the 'NGO'/
>parental sector are less qualified to control truant teachers at the
>primary level than our honorable "mai-baap" - i.e., folks like me in the
>IAS. Hey, it is the most difficult thing for "us" folks to leave the main
>road and enter remote villages to look at the reality, so used to  are we
>in traveling to Delhi at the drop of a hat and holding seminars, meetings,
>and other things. Very rarely will you find an Education Commissioners of
>the state intensively touring remote (and I mean ---remote---) villages. It
>is all God's country there: mayhem, absence of teachers, schools which
>exist only on paper, etc. Get out of your chair and go visit some interior
>villages, please!!, before recommending expansion of govt. machinery in the
>villages. Don't trust people like me to ensure that teachers attend their
>job, because it is impossible to do that with the kind of incentives that
>operate in government.
>This is how it can be done: (as proposed in the IPI manifesto)
>"(b)	Government schools, colleges and universities shall be abolished and
>the entire control over schools returned to parents. Teachers employed by
>government would be terminated and given the first right to be re-employed
>by the management committee of the schools or
>colleges they were working with. These will be term-limited appointments
>which can be
>reviewed based on  performance.
>"(c)	While government funding of education would continue, it would be
>given in the form of
>grants for buildings, and a lump-sum reimbursement of the salaries of
>teachers, with a much
>higher reimbursement for those schools and colleges that are located in
>remote areas.
>Schools located in the wealthier areas of cities and metropolises would not
>receive any
>reimbursement. Continuation of grants would depend upon proper management
>of the
>schools/ colleges. The financial conduct of Management Committees shall be
>regularly and transparently. Funds provided by government for education
>shall be accounted
>for, and such information made available publicly  on the internet and to
>parents. Panchayats
>shall appoint supervisors on a contract basis who shall be accountable for
>the  operation of
>schools within the jurisdiction of the panchayat. An Act to prescribe the
>form of
>organization of schools and colleges will be created to ensure good
>management. Thus, it
>would be parents who would appoint, pay, and if necessary, terminate the
>service of
>b) One feels very happy and proud to see Jagdish Bhagwati in the list of
>those honored by the Padam Vibhushan this year. Congratulations to him!! We
>are all now waiting for his Nobel prize. May we now begin learning more of
>Shenoy and Bhagwati as a nation, now that they have been 'regularized' by
>govt. We can also now hope for the abolition of the Planning Commission.
>c) An earlier article of mine (1982) published in the Caravan, entitled,
>"Is Religion Necessary?" is now at
>	http://www.indiapolicy.org/debate/notes.html
>d) Yazad's wonderful article recently published in ET is also at
>	http://www.indiapolicy.org/debate/notes.html
>This is the National Debate on System Reform.       debate@indiapolicy.org
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