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Providing Quality School Education to All Children

Jayati Ghosh*

Introduction

Education in India has been marked by exclusion and discrimination. Indeed, the failure of the Indian state more than six decades after Independence to provide universal access to quality schooling, and to ensure equal access to higher education among all socio-economic groups and across gender and region, must surely rank among the more dismal and significant failures of the development project in the country. It is not only that the expansion of literacy and education has been far too slow, halting and even geographically limited. It is also that educational provision itself remains highly differentiated in both quantitative and qualitative terms. There are huge ...

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