Education and the voices of the unheard why

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why
According to the Census 2001, 68.1 million people are
living in urban slums in India where education is a
fundamental right. The slum dwellers as the consumers of
Government schools are not only economically but also
socially deprived. However it seems that the Government
has neglected the most important stakeholders,
parents as the consumers of the Government schools.
Education and the voices of the unheard
parents’ and professionals’ perceptions of schooling
in the deprived urban areas in India
Brahmin
priests
Kshatriya
warriors
Vaishya
traders, merchants
!
Shudra
workers
Dalit
‘Untouchable’, ‘Outcaste’
Caste based social hierarchy, India
research questions
What are the perceptions of parents from the lower strata
of society about the education that their children receive?
Does gender difference make any changes in the value of
education as perceived by parents? What is the relationship
between children’s gender and willingness of parents to pay
for their education?
Do the educational professionals take into account the
perceptions of the marginalized parents about education?
how
46 Qualitative Semi Structured Interviews using
Snowball Sampling Method in Surat city of Gujarat, India
- 39 Parents (more emphasis on mothers) whose children are
studying in Primary & Secondary Government Schools
Mansi Desai
Mansi
Desai Student
Doctoral
[email protected]
D.M.Nareshkumar
[email protected]
Supervisors
Supervisors
Dr. Peter
Lang
Dr. Michael
Wyness
Dr. Peter
Lang
“ What do you think? These people do not have money to
eat or to wear clothes. What would they know about education? Why do you want to ask their opinion? ”
- HOD, Dept. of Education,
Veer Narmad South Gujarat University
- 7 Educational professionals (Principals of Primary &
Government Schools and Primary Teaching Colleges)
parents
research contribution
Improve understanding of the policy makers to include &
consult parents for the policies related to the
Government schools in India
Bridge the research gap in education in the deprived
urban areas
Dr. Michael Wyness
Primary School girl and her mother in their residence in a slum, Surat
Mansi with slum dwellers in Surat
Dissatisfaction with Government schools
Education to make better human being
Emphasis on English and Computer
Excluded in Parent Teacher Meetings
Stress on girl child’s education
“ This is the first time someone is asking about our
opinion. We want to say something. But nobody asks us.
Nobody listens. It has been years but nobody never care to
ask what we really think. ”
- Father of a Secondary School boy
perceptions
educational
professionals
prelimanary analysis
Computer class in a Government School, Surat
Caste based discrimination
Increased awareness among parents for education
No idea about the parents’ expectations
Parents’ should be consulted and included while making
educational policies for Government schools
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