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    ...One is apt to get inured to the routine harrowing statistics on the condition of education in the country, from pitiably low — and falling — learning achievement levels of school children, to mass cheating in board exams to high teacher-absence rates. However, analysis of the ‘District Information System on Education’ (DISE) data reveals a hitherto unknown tragedy which should prompt a determined policy response. Analysis of the raw DISE data for 21 states shows that in the four-year period after the implementation of the RTE Act, between 2010 and 2014, despite the number of public schools increasing by 13,498 in the country, total enrollment in such schools fell by 1.13 crore, and enrollment in private schools rose by 1.85 crore. Over the same period, the number of “tiny” public schools — those with a total enrollment of 20 or fewer students — rose sharply. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 14, 2017, 12:11 a.m.