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The Budget and education
20 February, 2018, Jayati Ghosh
The thrust towards privatization in Budget 2018-19 is evident in the pattern of education spending, which has been brought down to less than 3.5 percent of the government budget, against a promise of 6 percent in the 2014 electoral campaign. So, any real changes are clearly expected to be financed by private participation, implying declining spread, reduced access, and increased inequality.
Niggardly on Essential Spend
01 March, 2013, Jayati Ghosh
Given that the Indian electorate would soon see what the real implications of the budget 2013-14 are, it is surprising that his own party let Chidambaram get away with this.
Addressing Social Concerns
10 March, 2008, Jayati Ghosh
The main issues in this year's economic strategy of the government, especially the intentions as signalled in this year's Budget proposals remain the same as that of 2004. These are employment, the agrarian crisis, nutrition and food security, education, health and social security. In each of these areas, the UPA government promised much. However, the delivery has not only been far below the promises, but in some cases even worse than the previous government.
The Farce of "School Choice"
28 January, 2008, Jayati Ghosh
In India, apart from the factors of poverty, gender and other inequalities in basic infrastructure, a wide range of various forms of social discrimination operate to exclude children from school education and this is even more pronounced under the private schools. The proposed voucher system will further strengthen this discrimination by weakening the public school system.
The Farce of ''School Choice''
06 March, 2007, Jayati Ghosh
Anyone who knows even a little bit about school education in India knows that it is largely about exclusion. Only a tiny minority of children in our country get anything resembling a decent schooling - the rest are either excluded altogether, or provided very poor quality education with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention, which in turn encourages high rates of dropout.
The Union Budget 2006-07
02 March, 2006, Jayati Ghosh
The presentation of the Union Budget by the Finance Minister this year was bound to be a balancing exercise. For one thing, there is a basic political context in which the Budget is being drawn up.
Increasing Public Expenditure on Education
11 November, 2005, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
The UPA Government has committed to increasing the share of public spending on education to 6 per cent of GDP. In this edition of MacroScan, C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh assess the implications of this in relation to the evident social needs.

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