Can greater access to education be inequitable?

Chirantan Chatterjee
Eric A. Hanushek
Shreekanth Mahendiran
Published Date
Ideas for India
Right to Education Act, 2009, was designed to provide the right to free, quality school education to all 6-14 year olds in India. This article examines the influence of RTE on the expansion of private tutoring. It finds that the Act led to a significant increase in the number of private tuition centres that necessarily help the relatively well-off students who can afford them, thereby counteracting the goal of equitable access to schooling.