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The Holy GrailIndia's Quest for Universal Elementary Education$
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R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463473.001.0001

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The Tinsel Town

The Tinsel Town

(p.1) I The Tinsel Town
The Holy Grail

R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the state of school system education system in the mid-1980s, the collapse of the academic supervision system, and the heavy regulatory and administrative burden on educational administrators, so heavy that they had no time to think deeply about the reforms needed for paramount objectives like universal elementary education. It also describes the opportunities the National Policy of Education, 1986, and its flagship programmes provided to a state government, and the challenges they faced in replacing the reigning inspectorate culture of the Education Department by a managerial culture conducive to delivery of the new programmes and achievement of the programme objectives. It also describes the salient features of the British-funded Andhra Pradesh Primary Education Project, its strengths and limitations, and the challenge of ensuring that the Project is not driven by the ‘donor’.

Keywords:   Elementary Education, School Education System, Inspectorate Culture, Management Culture, Andhra Pradesh Primary Education Project, British Aid, Country–Agency relationship

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