This piece was written based on the ASER report released in 2014, and was published in January 2015 and still holds relevance to the state of education bureaucracy today. In the last year, Accountability Initiative’s crew of researchers has interviewed over 60 local education administrators in Bihar (district, block, cluster and school officials in charge … Continue reading "Bringing the education administration back in to the classroom"
AI’s determination to work with SMCs follows from its foundational beliefs on what accountability is and what is required to make it work. Our understanding of this is a mature environment for accountability when decision makers are informed, service providers are responsive and citizens are empowered. Hence any recommendations made by us are always going … Continue reading "ACCOUNTABILITY INITIATIIVE (AI) AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES (SMC)"
For the past few months, my colleague and I had been holed up at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), trying to “uncover” the wonderful world of state budgets. Our task appeared to be simple – we wanted to categorise the elementary education budget for various states into more accessible and functional … Continue reading "Rants of a Public Finance Junkie"
It is common for governments to conceive of new schemes at the drop of a hat and then make grandiose pronouncements of the money allocated to these. It is another matter altogether to actually make that money available to the implementing agencies, whether they be local governments or departmental offices at the sub-District levels, so … Continue reading "Estimating earmarking of funds"
I recently had the opportunity to interview 16 teachers from 7 schools across 2 districts in Uttarakhand as part of a study being conducted by J-PAL, MIT aimed at understanding the institutional dynamics of the Read India programme – an accelerated learning programme launched by the NGO Pratham. We wanted to know what teachers thought … Continue reading "Teachers: Overpaid or Overburdened?"