ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Accessing Primary Education

Going beyond the Classroom

While compulsory education for children up to the age of 14 is enshrined as a directive principle in the Indian Constitution, the reality is abysmally different. This study involving a sample of 93 schools across Karnataka reveals that access to primary education and its quality, retention and drop-out rates are ruled by and related to prevailing caste, class and gender divides in the region. Integrated government-supported development projects seeking to reduce widespread inequalities, alleviate poverty and provide adequate support programmes would in turn have a positive and long lasting impact on the literacy level.

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