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Weekly Update on Education

3 December 2008


Parents find admission forms, prospectus expensive
The Times of India, 30 November 2008

"If you thought that forms of only B schools cost you a fortune, ask parents seeking admission of their tiny tots in nursery class. With the forms and prospectus for nursery admission coming at a premium, parents are discovering that education is an expensive proposition, right from the word go." More [+]


Teach for India Application Deadline

"Teach for India aims to narrow the educational gap in India by placing India's most outstanding college graduates and young professionals in low-income schools to teach for two years. The deadline for application is December 15th 2008." More [+]


Uttar Pradesh mulls PPP in technical education
Business Standard, 3 December 2008

"Taking the PPP agenda forward, the state government is considering handing over 25 polytechnics and 125 ITIs to a private partner following a bidding process." More [+]


Education for All Report 2009: Voice Your Opinion

The 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report was launched recently by UNESCO. Read the report here!
The UNESCO report questions the very idea of the role of the private sector in education (pages 152-171). Please send us your views at studentfirstnews@ccs.in or join the discussion on the School Choice Blog More [+]


Edurite set to foray into formal education sector
Business Standard, 3 December 2008

"Meena Ganesh, CEO Edurite Technologies said that the company has offered its content and educational services to 3000 schools across the country of which 1500 are government schools. The company targets to manage five schools by the next academic year and will look at setting up its own schools thereafter." More [+]


Technology-aided learning set for a leap in schools
The Hindu Business Line, 27 November 2008

"Technology-aided learning in schools is getting a shot in the arm with private companies investing into innovative teaching methodologies and technologies to raise academic standards in both government-run and private schools." More [+]


Teachers, key to remove fear of maths
Expressbuzz, 1 December 2008

"CHENNAI: The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is all set to find out why most of the children have 'mathsphobia,' or fear of learning mathematics. A three-day seminar, attended by teachers from 14 states examined how such fears could be dispelled to ensure the right teaching method at the upper primary level. It also explored innovative techniques of teaching." More [+]


BJP releases populist manifesto in Rajasthan
The Hindu, 29 November 2008

"It also promises free education to girls till graduation. The party has promised to provide food under the mid-day meal scheme to students up to class 12. At present, it is offered to students studying between class 1 and 7. The document promises doubling of seats in colleges and offers to provide financial and other assistance to eminent sports persons. Free bus passes will also be provided to the students till the graduation level, the party has promised." More [+]


Solving Absenteeism, Raising Test Scores
Poverty Action Lab Policy Briefcase No. 6, September 2008

"On an average day in rural Udaipur, India, 44 percent of teachers are absent from school. While Udaipur's problem was especially severe, teacher absence is all too typical of schools in poor countries. This has raised important policy questions about how best to reduce absenteeism, what role incentives can play in addressing the problem, and how best to structure such programs. This briefcase summarizes the implications from the evaluation of one highly successful program. A program run by Seva Mandir (and evaluated by Duflo, Hanna and Ryan) points the way towards a solution. It demonstrates how objective monitoring linked to incentives improved teacher attendance and raised test scores." More [+]


Education for All Report 2009

The 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report was launched recently by UNESCO. Read the report here

Voice Your Opinion
The UNESCO report questions the very idea of the role of the private sector in education (pages 152-171). Please send us your views at studentfirstnews@ccs.in or join the discussion on the School Choice Blog
 
 
 


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