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Schooling for AllCan We Neglect the Demand?$
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V. Santhakumar, Namita Gupta, and Rama Murthy Sripada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467051.001.0001

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Who Does Not Learn in Schools?

Who Does Not Learn in Schools?

Chapter:
(p.73) 4 Who Does Not Learn in Schools?
Source:
Schooling for All
Author(s):

V. Santhakumar

Namita Gupta

Rama Murthy Sripada

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467051.003.0004

This study analyses the determinants of learning outcomes (measured as test scores). It reconfirms that socio-economic variables and parental education impact learning outcome. While mother’s education is an important factor in getting children to school, and keeping them there, this factor loses much of its significance when it comes to student achievement. Father’s education, on the other hand becomes a lot more important, even when controlling for paid tuition. Our study is restricted to government schools. This does not reduce the validity of the study since those who use such schools, still constitute a large majority of school-going children in India. Second, parents, who demonstrate a demand for education by making a choice and attendant sacrifices to send their children to private school, may theoretically be in a better position to then engage with the school and actualize better outcomes.

Keywords:   learning outcomes, test scores, household factors on students’ learning achievement, impact of parental education on schooling, Andhra Pradesh

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