Let me assume that every village in India has few men/women who can read/write. Now can the state government offer some incentive to these folks so that they can teach the art of reading and writing to the children of their village?
Let me go ahead and assume that a monitory incentive is good enough to lure the potential teachers to save some spare time, find few kids and teach them how to read and how to write. Now if the cost of taking this step is less than the cost of running schools in villages at subsidized rates, then is it a smart thing to do for the state?
There could be a state run body for going to these villages and taking tests once in a while to see how much have the children learnt. Those who claim they taught the children who write these tests, shall be paid based on the number of children who pass. This model of providing education to remote villages has two extremely important benefits as I observe.
- It takes care of the problem of absentism (of both students and teachers) that currently exists in most government run schools; now the teacher is responsible for the final result or else he doesn’t get paid
- There is no need to invest on any physical infrastructure
What say, can this model work?