This book explores issues related to poverty in South Asia in a two-pronged manner—by focusing on injustice created and perpetuated by the unjust nature of a social order as its source and by providing concrete suggestions about how policymakers may move to challenge these injustices.
Drawing on research inputs from studies across various South Asian countries, the book redefines poverty as a process which excludes certain segments of the society from equitable participation in development opportunities as well as decision-making. It further identifies a variety of operational ideas which can be used by policymakers, political activists, and civil society advocacy groups committed to build a more just, inclusive and poverty free society in South Asia.
Chapter 5: Democratising Educational Opportunities
Democratising Educational Opportunities
Education and Inequity
In the age of the information revolution, access to knowledge remains one of the principal and perhaps the fastest growing sources of inequity between both people and countries. What school you attended determines your point of entry into the world of information. Your school matriculation results determine whether you will graduate into higher education. The college from where you graduate will determine your point of entry into the job market and influence your future life opportunities. These generalisations allow for the fact that some people who did not graduate from high school, dropped out of college or attended a C-grade university and graduated with indifferent grades may actually move on to become successful entrepreneurs or get elected to ...