About the Report
The increasing relevance of Budget Private Schools
Since early 1990s, Budget Private Schools (BPS) have changed the education landscape of India in terms of access, quality and equity. Edupreneurs who set up these schools are often from the same neighbourhood, as rarely anyone from outside goes to poor neighbourhoods to set up schools. In many ways, BPS are closer to the idea of common schools; they are genuinely community schools.
Over the last two decades BPS have attracted steady influx of children from communities that until recently were completely dependent on government schools. As various authors point out in this Report, BPS have infused private education sector with the hope of affordable and quality education of choice for poor households.
An increasing number of investors and service providers are working with these schools to understand them and improve their quality, efficiency and sustainability. As the sector continues to grow, some specific challenges such as transparency, accountability and regulatory compliance must be addressed. Need of the hour is to engage with all stakeholders to leverage upon the vast pool of social capital created by BPS, as we progress toward realising the long-cherished dream of universal, high quality education for all.
About the Report on Budget Private Schools in India
First edition of this Report aims to create a platform for informed interactions about the sector. Our aim in the years to come is to transform the nature of discourse on BPS from opinion-driven to evidence-based. We are committed to make this Report accessible to parents and experts alike. The various aspects of the BPS sector are presented through essays, interviews, case studies and info-graphics.
The chapters of the Report are authored by experts representing a variety of backgrounds and organisations with a deep understanding and expertise of the BPS sector, representing research, policy and practice. The report is a useful read for anyone interested in school education in India: be it an entrepreneur planning to set up a school, a service provider working on teacher training or a policy maker interested in improving quality of private sector.
It looks at four key themes: demand, supply, ecosystem and regulation. The first section deals with parental aspirations and how they can demand accountability and exercise their school choice. The second section deals with innovation and quality in Budget Private Schools (BPS) and how the emergence and growth of these schools is a national as well as international trend. Further, the report explores the experiences of entrepreneurs working with BPS around blended learning, teacher training and school leadership. This is supplemented by investors in the BPS space and the challenges they see at a macro level. Finally, the report dissects the topic of regulation as it pans out in the Indian context.
Keeping the discussion alive online
It is with the same objective that we are converting this Report into a micro-site to keep the discussion alive in the months to come. A similar portal is the fantastic Resources page of Pearson Affordable Learning Fund's website, which presents information about their work with BPS across the world.
Along with the entire report, each chapter can be downloaded and shared individually. We have put together a list of studies and documents for further reading which capture the discourse on BPS in India from the late 1990’s to 2017 for you to learn more about the sector. We have also put together a section on the BPS ecosystem, where you can find out about the players involved with the sector in India, categorised into research organisations, service providers, foundations & investors, and government & industry bodies.