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Saturday March 29 2008

When I had my first education blog, the one that crashed and burned, the news from India was mostly good.  This was because they couldn’t afford to spend very much on state education.  The result was a growing and immensely promising educational private sector .  But the educational news from India is getting worse by the month.  They are now getting rich, and the politicians are talking about chucking colossal sums of money at state education.  This kind of headline is typical:

‘Allocate at least 6% of GDP for education’

“Allocate”.  Governments allocate.  People merely spend.

Soon India will be just like the developed world, and almost all the education stories from India will be of how dreadful education is becoming, and that now that it is so bad, there should be lots more of it, paid for by the state, which is what made it so bad to start with.

There will be no stopping this ghastly trend.  Indians have had no practice at explaining that because education is so important, and because the children are our future, blah blah blah, that’s exactly why the government should stay right out of it.  They will merely say fatuous things like: we can’t afford to spend this much.  Which may be true this year, but it concedes the point that matters, which is that if we could afford it we obviously should.  So when we can, there goes the neighbourhood.