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Improving Primary School Education in India: An Impact Assessment of DPEP-Phase I

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Presentation:  Improving Primary School Education in India: An Impact Assessment of DPEP I (155kb PDF)


Tuesday, December 14, 2005
12.30 - 2.00 pm
Room MC10-W150

Presenters: Elena Glinskaya & Jyotsna Jalan

In India, since independence, several policy initiatives have been undertaken over the years by both the central and the state governments to provide "education for all". One such intervention in recent times has been the District Primary Education Program (DPEP) launched in 1994. The objectives of the project was to provide primary school access for all children, reduce overall dropout rates and gaps in enrollments, dropouts and learning achievements across gender and social groups. By December 2001, resources to the tune of US dollars 1.62 billion had been committed for the project and the school system under DPEP had covered 51.3 million children. 
 
Question however remains whether projects like the DPEP are successful in improving enrollment rates especially among the disadvantaged groups like girls and children belonging to scheduled caste and tribes. Jalan and Glinskaya will:

  • Discuss the evaluation problem for large-scale interventions like the DPEP.
  • Provide impact estimates of Phase-I of the program for broad education outcome indicators. Their estimates show impressive impacts on minority groups (the scheduled tribe and scheduled caste) especially in one specific state where concurrent to the DPEP, another state government supported primary school initiative was started. However, contrary to the stated objectives of the program, there were negligible impacts on primary school education indicators for girls overall.

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