Monday, November 21, 2005

Massive survey

In the 10th chapter of his book The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen talks about the (sorry) state of primary education in West Bengal, where the Pratichi Trust, established by Sen with his Nobel Prize money, conducted a study. I hope to give some excerpts later. A quick overview is provided in news reports from that era (~ 2002). One of them has been reproduced here. A scholarly article is here (pdf).

Apparently, a very large all-India survey of primary schools has been underway for a while now. This report in the Hindu's Karnataka pages has some information about it. The report on the survey's findings is expected to be out in January 2006.