Children at a small school in Kolkata, capital of West Bengal          (photo: dpa)

Special Report: Parent power boosts India's literacy rate

In some of the poorest parts of India two-thirds of children are attending fee-paying private schools as parents turn their backs on low-achieving government free schools. Parents are supporting these small-scale but high-achieving educational initiatives seeing them as their child's only way out of poverty and giving them a future in a global workforce, says GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon

INDIA, home to some 1.21 billion people with an overall literacy rate of 75 per cent is experiencing a schooling revolution, not instigated by the government, but by parents.

This grassroots uprising, initiated by the poorest, has been silently tra...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
The World Bank said poor parents had to be 'patient' because public education needs first to be reformed to rid it of corruption and horrendous inefficiencies before the needs of the poor can be met. But the poor don't have time
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