Monday, May 20, 2013

A report about traditional education for the underprivileged

There are reports that some variations of traditional education like those practiced in Finland work better even in terms of economic returns. There is a report about traditional education of those belonging to scheduled castes and another about those who were ranked in IIT/JEE. From the website of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APSWREI) "APSWREI Society running 289 residential institutions conducting free residential education to SC/ST/BC communities from 5th class to Intermediate classes" From the first report above 
"Coming to the statistical scrutiny, there are 210 colleges spread across the 23 districts of the State. Of these, 18 colleges secured cent percent results. A total number of 14,195 students have appeared and 12,034 succeeded. The overall pass percentage of these poor students is 84.78% as against 74.95% last year — a rise of 9.83% which is notable and truly praiseworthy. Girls secured 85.34% and boys secure 83.67%. The pass percentage is considered to be brilliant as such a jump had never occurred in the past. Hence this deserves greater commendation.
The highest marks secured in each group are: Prashanthdevathi, an MPC student secured 976 marks; Akulapally Ashok, a BPC student got 951; Korepu Santhoshini a CEC student 899 and Sandepogu Jyothi, aa HEC student 869 marks."

It is interesting to compare these reports with the studies of Hoff and Pandey. This seems to correspond to their 'revealed segregates' case and does not seem to correspond to their result. Perhaps short term experiments differ from long term experiences where daily discrimination over a long period and other economic disadvantages can be sapping. I remember some dalit classmates who were at the top of the class in the sixth grade but declined to very average scores by the eleventh standard.
P.S. As expressed above, I am beginning to have doubts about the applicability of studies such as those by Huff and Pandey. Kuffir on Facebook suggested looking at primary sources like the Roundtable. In an interview "Separate Panchayats for Dalits shall ensure security and development: Sivakami".  P. Sivakami, ex-IAS officer, writer and politician who founded the political party, the 'Samuga Samatuva Padai', to work 'on the principles ofDr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, as a forum for social equality'. She is also the founder of the Dalit Land Rights Movement in Tamil Nadu. So, may be, sometimes seperate works.eparate Panchayats for Dalits shall ensure security and development: Sivakami

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