Ironically, selective admission policies reduce the incentive to excel in even better institutions, finds Vidya Mahambare
High-quality education creates opportunities and choices for personal success and growth. It is natural, therefore, for parents to spend a lot of time and energy in pursuit of good schools and colleges for their offspring. With the demand for quality educational institutions far outstripping its supply, the so-called reputed schools manage to get in the driver’s seat by attracting smarter students via strict selection criteria. As a result, only potential high academic achievers are admitted in good quality institutions while lesser mortals end up in the low-quality ones. A clear hierarchy of educational institutions as well as of students, in turn, influences the future pay-off from education.
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