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Education in a Low Fee Private Unaided Recognized School: A Case Study

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Researchers have widely held that school choice and educational standards are determined by affordability and educational levels of parents. Parents of lower socio-economic status (LSES) are presumed to have least control over the education of their children. To examine these aspects, a low-fee unaided private school in a large urban area was chosen as a case study. The study also focuses on how the school caters to the needs of children from this background. A mixed methods approach was used, with thick qualitative description and quantitative information on parents’ background and students’ performance. In addition to observation, interviews and document analysis, a serving teacher of the school provided an invaluable insider’s perspective on the functioning of the school. The findings suggest that parents of LSES exercise choice and their illiteracy/semi-literacy is not a hindrance in their children’s education. The school has certain unique characteristics to serve them, which neither the high-end private nor the government schools provide.
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Keywords: India; low fee school; private school; types of teachers

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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