Does Government’s Monitoring of Schools Work?

Author
Kiran Bhatty, Radhika Saraf
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Centre for Policy Research, India
Abstract
This study attempts to understand the effectiveness of education governance, specifically the monitoring function, through the perspectives of frontline officials in India. It locates institutions within social and political structures marked by deep inequalities and analyses the manner in which these institutional arrangements influence the behaviour of frontline officials. It finds that poor state capacities in terms of inadequate resources and systemic infirmities contribute significantly to ineffective monitoring. In addition, the social distance of frontline bureaucrats from their clients reinforces their low levels of motivation, preventing them from using discretion to achieve official objectives.
Topic
Education, Government, Infrastructure, Governance, Social Policy
Political Geography
South Asia, India, Asia