Dr. Maithreyi R (Research Advisor, Centre for Budget and Policy Studies) and Dr. Arathi Sriprakash (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK) have published the article ‘The governance of families in India: education, rights and responsibility’ in the journal of Comparative Education, Volume 54 2018, Issue 3. The article is currently available on Taylor and Francis Online.
The article focuses on the shift in government educational policy in India post Independence. It charts how family resources, responsibility, and participation have been variously called upon by the state across three historical conjunctures of education reform: the decades of post-independence planning for school expansion and nation-building after 1947; the global development era of economic liberalisation and decentralisation in the 1990s and early 2000s; and the present turn to a rights-based approach in the context of intensified educational marketisation, as marked by the 2009 Right to Education Act (RTE).
Through this analysis, the authors bring to the fore the politics of family governance in education policy, a politics that is largely overlooked by, despite being central to, research on education and international development.