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Are we heading toward voucher system of school education?
It was shocking to read a news story in a Hindi Daily which revealed that even the over-staffed and well-resourced government schools of Jaipur could not exceed the pass percentage of 45 in secondary school examination.

The pass percentage of the government schools varied from zero percent to 44.18 in ten well-equipped government schools in the city surveyed by the newspaper.

If this the state of education in the government schools of the capital city of the state, what would the state of affairs in rural and tribal schools, one can imagine. It seems that the bad governance and irresponsible teachers have made the government schools dysfunctional.

As usual, no one will be held accountable, right from the education secretary to school teachers for making the system to fail. Rather, passing the buck game will begin ending in a draw. In a recent government sponsored educational conference, when the education department was suggested for a systemic reform rather than blaming teachers, three committees were formed to look into the factors for the falling standards of government schools as usual. Every year this happens but things go from bad to worse.

Earlier, some well meaning educationalists were against the educational voucher system with the hope that government will make serious efforts to improve government schools, but now they are of the view that the government should go for the vouchers and let parents teach their children where they wish to.

In a way, educational vouchers are subsidies given directly to parents for education of their children at any school of their choice. Some countries have the system of charter schools, which are the government-funded schools but operate privately with community participation and stake.

In the voucher system, parents have choice to send their children to the government or private school of their choice to pay for the tuition and ask for permissible reimbursement of expenses. In many countries, vouchers and tax credits allow students and parents to choose the school that they find has a good quality.

With the dysfunctional government school system and no hope for sensitive governance and teacher professionalism, it seems we moving towards a voucher system of education. 

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