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

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Pedagogy Market

The CBSE-Pearson Tie-up

Of late, public-private partnership is meant to encourage private capital to take responsibility for matters that were earlier regarded as primary duties of the State. The centre set up by the Pearson Company in partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education is meant to enable the latter to progress towards the fulfi lment of longterm policy measures like developing a school-based evaluation system. In choosing Pearson as a partner, the Board has conveyed that its goals are not incompatible with the direction in which the market of educational services and commodities is pushing educational policies in several parts of the world.

The union government’s decision to allow Pearson and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to set up a research centre in public-private partnership (PPP) mode is in keeping with the larger policy scenario. But it also marks a departure. As a policy, PPP has been formulated, promoted and implemented over the recent years with the insistence that it is a remedy equally applicable to all different areas where the state has been a primary player so far. I recall being asked to read a document of the Planning Commission on PPP in road construction, so that I would overcome my doubts about its applicability and potential efficacy for the setting up of model schools in backward rural blocks. I realised that PPP enjoys a blanket blessing, and this realisation enabled me to correct the impression I had carried on with, that PPP was open to interpretation.

Enhancing Private Interests

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