ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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State of Indian Public Schools since the Right to Education Act

Despite decades of promise for reforms by the government, India’s education system still remains in a poor state. Using District Primary Education Programme data, the progress, or lack thereof, in achieving the targets of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act is assessed. While there has been some progress, such as construction of toilets and ramps in schools, for many indicators, little or no progress was seen in more than a decade since the enactment of the RTE Act in 2009. While the data analysed here precede the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no doubt that improving the delivery of education has become even more urgent after months of school closure. 

Mothers-in-Law and Son Preference in India

Mothers-in-law are often portrayed as the most powerful entity in the household in Indian popular culture and media. In most literature too, the influence of Indian mothers-in-law is often taken for granted. However, most of the empirical evidence relies on qualitative data or on small samples. Looking at stated son preference and using the third National Family and Health Survey data set, the authors show that mothers-in-law do indeed have an influence on their daughters-in-law. Given the stronger son preference among mothers-in-law, this contributes to the high imbalance in the male to female sex ratio observed among children in India.

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