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How Language Of Instruction Influences Education Outcomes

In a multi-lingual country with large deficits in education, how does the language of instruction influence learning? Drawing on lessons from the British era, Professor Tarun Jain finds that the language-based reorganization of states helped improved literacy outcomes. In recent decades, mother tongue instruction boosted literacy rates by as much as 18%.

Tarun Jain is Assistant Professor in the Economics and Public Policy area at the Indian School of Business.

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