Michigan State University Study Indicates Public and Private School Students at Par In India

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India's public school students at par with private schools A new study by a Michigan State University education researcher, which appears in Economics of Education Review, challenges the claim that private schools are superior, a hot issue in India and other developing countries. According to the report, during the past decade some 40 million children have entered India’s education system, giving rise to growth in privately run schools but Private school students in India do not outperform their counterparts in public schools, as was believed so far.

“Our study finds no consistent benefit of attending a private school,” said Amita Chudgar, assistant professor of educational administration. Amita analysed the reading, writing and math performance of 10,000 Indian students aged 8 to 11. Since private-school students generally come from families with higher income and education levels, she narrowed the research sample to private and public school students with similar backgrounds.

Amita said the results hold for rural and urban areas of India, and for both expensive private schools and low-fee private schools.

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