The recent decades have witnessed the mushrooming of budget private schools - low fee schools that charge less than the government per-child expenditure in public schools. Although the exact numbers are unknown, it has been estimated that there are 3,00,000 to 7,00,000 such schools in India today educating millions of poor children. Yet nearly half of them face the threat of closure today under the new Right to Education (RTE) norms.




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