Are Schools in India Ready to Support Students During COVID-19?

Renu Singh
Policy paper
Policy Brief 35

India has one of the largest education systems in the world, with approximately 250 million students enrolled
in 1.49 million schools (UDISE, 2017–18). Schools in India can be broadly divided into: (i) government schools
managed and funded by the state; (ii) government-aided schools, which are privately managed but receive
government funds to pay teachers’ salaries, and generally charge much lower fees than private unaided schools; and (iii) private unaided schools, which are privately managed, do not receive any government aid, and survive by charging student fees.1 For the purpose of the survey outlined in this brief, aided and private-unaided schools were both considered private schools, as the school management rests with private actors and not the government.