Estimating the number of out-of-school children

Methodological problems and alternative approaches: India case study


This paper is a follow-up of the India Report on Out-of-School Children (UNICEF & UIS, August 2014). India was one of the countries which took part in the first phase of the Out-of-School Children Initiative. One of the important reasons why the India Report was useful was because it highlighted the issues of data quality and data contradictions among existing education data sources. Since the publication of the report, several new education datasets have been released in India.  In this paper, indicators of school participation are calculated by including these new datasets to highlight the similarities and differences in different data sources and the possible reasons for these. 

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UNICEF, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
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