PREFERENCE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL TO GOVERNMENT SCHOOL– A VILLAGE LEVEL STUDY By Prajnya Paramita Jena

The public benefits of education have prompted the government to provide free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6-14 years old through Right to Free and Compulsory Education 2009 while addressing to the Millennium Development Goals. But the growing interest in the quest of parents for better quality school choice for their children and mushrooming growth of private schools have challenged the notion of government’s primacy in education. Even after the government’s free education, free enrolment unto elementary stage with free reading and writing materials, dress, bi-cycle, stipends, incentives, scholarship, residential facilities, etc. people do not prefer to send their wards to government schools as the teaching practices and attitude of teachers, school environment and other factors of schools fail to satisfy them.

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