Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Efficient resource utilisation through school consolidation and teacher rationalisation


The Opportunity

The combination of an expanding government school education system and the public’s preference for English medium private schools has resulted in the creation of large number of small government schools. While the total number of government schools increased by 3 lakh in between 2005 and 2015, the enrolment per school has actually decreased from 133 students to 110 students in the same time period. India currently has 97,329 single-teacher schools and 37% of schools with less than 50 enrolment. These schools have multi-grade teaching, are difficult to administer and monitor and are economically unviable.

Another source of inefficiency and waste is the is the poor deployment of teachers. This is manifested in the excess supply of teachers in urban areas as against rural areas where there is severe dearth of teachers. Additionally, while most states comply with Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) norms when calculated at the state level, PTR varies over a wide range when calculated at the school level.

The Model

Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi are developing an approach which can 1) be used to identify schools for consolidation and 2) identify a more equitable and efficient deployment pattern for teachers.

Potential for Systemic Impact

The research can be used by different state governments to inform their school consolidation and teacher rationalisation processes which in-turn can improve efficiency of government spending.