“This fine book has a powerful message for policy makers and donors: the quality of schools matters even in poor countries; hence, the poor are abandoning failed state schools and enrolling their kids in low cost private schools.  Instead of trying to close them down, the state and donors would do well to invest in children (through vouchers and cash transfers) and give parents a choice rather than create more atrocious, monopolistic state schools where teachers are absent and unaccountable.” Gurcharan Das, commentator and author, India Unbound, CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Asia