India is home to over 25 crore students belonging to different regions, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. Our work aims to reform education policy to make it more responsive to the needs of each student and give parents the choice to decide what is best for their child.
Nearly 50% of all students are enrolled in schools run by non-state actors in India. Education policies in India are ridden with challenges. The existing laws prize an input-focused approach over learning outcomes and create regulatory barriers for private schools, especially low-fee schools. At present, State Departments of Education act as regulators, service providers, policy makers, and assessors. This results in a conflict of interest and hinders schools from operating on a level playing field.
Our research focuses on identifying these challenges, documenting their implications on K-12 education, and providing recommendations to improve education quality and expand parental choice.