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Does Information Improve School Accountability? Results of a Large Randomized Trial.

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Authors: Pandey. P, Goyal, S and Sundararaman, V

The problem of poor quality outcomes is a more general one in various public services across many developing countries. Targeting resources efficiently to communities and getting public workers to perform have remained a challenge for many public services, including education. Weak mechanisms of accountability are a key reason for indifferent service delivery; workers rarely face any censure for their absences or below par performance.

Monitoring by the local community—who have a direct stake in the quantity and quality of public services that are available to them—can play a fundamental role in improving public service delivery. To this end, a number of developing countries, including India, are decentralizing control over local public services to local communities. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a nation-wide public scheme initiated in 2001 to universalize elementary quality education in India, aimed to increase accountability of schools to communities‘ through greater involvement of
village education committees and parent-teacher associations. Click here to read more.

The World Bank Discussion Paper Series, December 2011

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SC upholds constitutional validity of Right to Education Act

Right to Education

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the various provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009.

The apex court ruled that the RTE Act would apply to all categories of public and private schools except unaided minority schools.

The SC judgement makes it clear that all schools will have to keep aside 25% of seats for poor children.

The SC said the judgement would come into effect from today.

The SC said the RTE Act will not apply to those institutions run by minority organisations and which do not receive a single penny as aid either from the government or local bodies.

The apex court also said that the RTE Act would not apply to boarding schools.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swantanter Kumar, which had reserved its verdict on August 3 last year, pronounced the verdict on the RTE Act.

The main petitioner Society for Un-aided Private Schools, Rajasthan, and a host of associations representing various private schools questioned the validity of the Act on the ground that it impinged on their rights to run the educational institutions.

The Times of India, 12 April 2012

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