Our columnists have argued that if the government could do only one thing to lift most out of poverty and accelerate the economy, this is education reform. So far, so agreed with the minister. But, they have also pointed out that governments are not too good in providing choice and goods of quality to the less well-off, which is why poor families that need every last penny will stretch it to send their kids to private schools instead of educating them for free, which is why we have recommended that the government take some of the money it hands out to school administrators and turn it over for voucher schemes. Amazing result: an education thats publicly funded but privately delivered. Second, teachers salaries need to be debated at this level too, in order to increase accountability and incentivise performance. Third, another problem with government patronage, specially identified by NGO studies, is that it promotes deceptive data. For instance, increasing enrollments are unreliable indicators of reading and maths skills actually imparted. Finally, on the question of whether India should do away with standard X board exams, something the minister seems keen on doing, we find ourselves being a little wary. Given this systems proven ability to produce hardy and competitive students, who are then driven into different arenas of excellence, killing it in a hurry may not be the best of ideas. Perhaps, in this as on other fronts, supplying choices may be the best thing.