International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 243

Full Length Research Paper

Primary schooling in a tribal district of Maharashtra: Some policy relevance

Aparajita Chattopadhyay 1* and Vijaya Durdhawale 2
1Department of Development Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Govandi Station Road, Deoner, Mumbai-88, India. 2Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai-88, India.
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  •  Accepted: 03 August 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009


The situation of primary schooling is indeed appalling in backward districts because education planning in India does not take into account the educational needs and aspirations of the poor people. The study focuses the situation of primary education in some tribal villages of a backward district of Maharashtra, India with the help of qualitative and quantitative data. Besides infrastructural improvements, the study strongly favors introduction of tribal languages for basic education, provision of personnel for clerical works and proper maintenance of records that reflects the reality of primary schooling. Economic uncertainty and financial hardship are the contributing factors for the age-old disinterest in education among the tribes. Thus increasing the sources of income is the only way to encourage willing participation in basic education.  


Key words: India, primary schooling, Maharashtra