When I saw this headline from the Christian Science Monitor,
India's troubling truants: teachers A new study finds 25 percent of teachers absent on any given day.my instinctive reaction was: "I didn't know India had teachers' unions!" Sure enough:
The political clout of teachers and unions is a significant problem, says John Dreze, a local economist who worked on PROBE. As civil servants, teachers can almost never be fired, and are seldom transferred. "During elections, they also manage voting booths. No political party wants to antagonize them," he says.