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DPEP and Primary Education

issue? In addition, can the issue of para teachers be reduced to the crisis of DPEP and Primary Education regularisation of para teachers in govern- ROOPA JOSHI This note is not to be construed as a rejoinder to

This note is not to be construed as a rejoinder to ‘Looking beyond the Smokescreen: DPEP and Primary Education in India’ by Krishna Kumar and others (EPW, February 17, 2001). Nor is it purported to be a DPEP supportive view. Let us begin by delineating some of the authors’ major arguments or critiques that they hold as central to their presentation. These are:

– The access to external funding, while being sponsored through a post-1991, foreign exchange crisis driven, World Bank-led social safety net philosophy, also hid the real story, that of the states contracting commitments for formal education and dismantling existing structures of formal education, proliferation of ‘teach anyhow’ strategies, publicity management, etc.

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