Rajasthan Rural Education

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Scaling Up Primary Education Services in Rural Rajasthan: Public Investment Requirements and Policy Reform Nirupam Bajpai and Ravindra H. Dholakia CGSD Working Paper No. 31 November 2006 Working Papers Series Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development The Earth Institute at Columbia University www.earth.columbia.edu
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Scaling up Primary Education Services in Rural Rajasthan : Public Investment Requirements and Policy Reform Nirupam Bajpai and Ravindra H. Dholakia Abstract We attempt to address two key questions in this paper: 1) In terms of state-wide scaling up of rural services in Rajasthan in the area of primary education, what will it cost financially and in terms of human resources to scale-up these services in all the rural areas of the state? And 2) what policy, institutional and governance reforms may be necessary so as to ensure proper service delivery? As is well known, merely setting up more schools, for instance, is not going to be enough; higher public investments in these areas needs to be accompanied by systemic reforms that will help overhaul the present service delivery system, including issues of control and oversight, for example. Nirupam Bajpai is Senior Development Advisor and Director of the South Asia Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. He is also a member of the United Nations Millennium Project. Ravindra H. Dholakia is Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad in India. Nirupam Bajpai presented this paper to the Honorable Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India and to the concerned officials of the Rajasthan Government in Jaipur on November 17, 2006. 2
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Scaling up Primary Education Services in Rural Rajasthan : Public Investment Requirements and Policy Reform Key Findings and Recommendations Per our estimates of the financial requirements of scaling up primary education services in rural Rajasthan, additional public spending of Rs.164 per capita is needed. Of which, Rs.74 would be needed to meet the capital costs and Rs.90 to meet the recurring costs. Flexibility in the form of employing para-teachers, providing them increased teacher training, building additional classroom as extension, etc. have significantly reduced additional resource requirements to meet the targets relating to the selected parameters. Moreover, the 12 th Finance Commission has provided Rs.1 billion of additional resources for this purpose. Thus the Rajasthan state government needs to allocate additional resources to the tune of Rs.9.5 billion to the primary education sector. Rajasthan needs to focus more on two key aspects: one, to get all the children from the poor
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