Weekly Update on Education

22 February 2011

SC Begins Crucial Hearing on Right to Education
Outlook, February 17, 2011

With the admission season on, the Supreme Court today began a crucial hearing on the validity of some provisions of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act with minority and private unaided institutions opposing the mandatory reservation of 25 per cent seats for economically backward sections under the legislation.

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Right to Education Act: UP estimates Rs 30k-cr expenditure
Business Standard, February 17, 2011

Uttar Pradesh has estimated an expenditure of Rs 30,000 crore in implementing the Right to Education Act 2009 across the state. The Act calls for free and compulsory primary education to children between six and 14 years.

Replying to a question, Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister Dharam Singh Saini said at the ongoing budget session of the state assembly, Rs 30,158 crore was needed for appointing teachers, school staff and creating necessary infrastructure for three years under the regulation of the Act.

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Ensuring children learn a challenge
Mint, February 16, 2011

Budget 2011 is all set to give elementary education a significant boost. Media reports indicate the human resource development (HRD) ministry is seeking a budget of Rs34,000 crore for implementing the Right to Education Act (RTE). This is a significant jump from last year’s elementary education allocation of Rs22,667 crore, of which Rs15,000 crore was allocated to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the primary vehicle for delivering RTE.

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Govt plans to offer vocational skill training to 50 crore people by 2022
DNA, February 16, 2011

Centre has evolved a plan to impart training and education in vocational skills to 50 crore people by 2022 to address the critical issue of unemployment, union minister Ashwani Kumar said today. The central government has also decided to set up an Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research with powers to award degrees, and a Bill for the purpose would be introduced in the ensuing budget session of Parliament, the minister of state for science and technology said.

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Digital classrooms: The future of young India
Business Standard, February 21, 2011

Keeping pace with students who are becoming more tech-savvy, schools in India are taking to the concept of digital classrooms — a new education technology that assists teachers with course-ware and maintenance support in digital format.

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Basic education is still a poor child
Times of India, February 18, 2011

Will Union Budget 2011-12 offer greater monetary share for the promotion of basic education? As it is the first budget after the implementation of Right to Education Act, the expectations from the finance minister are high. Many human rights activists have started making noises, asking for an increased share in the budget to ensure the fundamental rights of children.

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A different kind of school bullying problem in the D.C. voucher-program battle
Washington Post, February 21, 2011

U.S. legislators have some nerve telling the District government that Congress will probably cut funding for the city’s public schools if D.C. officials don’t revive a federal voucher program. The issue in this case isn’t whether you support the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The issue is that such threats from federal lawmakers make a mockery out of thoughtful school reform and policymaking, not to mention the right of District residents to govern themselves.

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Novel SCERT project for English teaching
Times of India, February 21, 2011

Don’t be surprised if students greet you with ‘good morning’ rather than ‘namaste’ in the remote areas of Madhubani these days.They are not discarding their culture, nor simply following the latest Western trend. The pupils and teachers of government high schools in Madhubani are honing their English as part of a spoken English and capacity building programme.

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Research Paper
Competition from private schools boosts performance system-wide

ABSTRACT: Does private competition work in the schooling sector? This column presents evidence that countries with more privately operated schools perform substantially better on international tests of student achievement. To isolate the causal effect of private competition, the column focuses on variation in private school shares that has deep historical roots – Catholic opposition to state-run education systems in the 19th century.

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Book of the Month

Teaching 2030:What we must do for our students and our public schools - Now and in the future

by Kenneth J. Bernstein

In all of the public discourse of what we need to do to fix public schools and educate our young people for the future, one set of voices has until now been conspicuously absent. It is the voices of teachers.
This book is an important attempt to include the voices of teachers in helping frame the discussion of how we address our educational needs.Read more


Interview with Baela Raza Jamil

Baela Raza Jamil, Coordinator of South Asian Forum for Education Development , talks about the role of communities in ensuring quality education and the experience of Pakistan with public private partnerships and vouchers.

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RTE Coalition

To initiate and continue the discussion amongst concerned groups and individuals on the issue of right of education and monitor the implementation of the RTE Act, an RTE Coalition has been formed. Join the coalition to make universal elementary education a reality in India. Log on to for more information.


Student First! Magazine

The second issue of Student First! Magazine is out. The theme for this issue is Public Private Partnerships in Education.

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India

Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah

A study of the role that skill vouchers can play in catalysing demand for quality skill development services. This study examines global experiences with skill vouchers and draws lessons for India from these experiences.

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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation

Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah

Through this document the Centre for Civil Society seeks to highlight the lacunae in the current framework for 25% reservation for weaker and disadvantaged groups in unaided private schools and seeks to provide inputs on effective implementation of the same.

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400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
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101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid To Ask

A Children's Book for Adults to Learn from is an easy guide to knowing your police. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) believes that only when we know that we can speak up with confidence, and it is only when we speak out against wrong, that things will change. The book is brought out in this hope - that people knowing all about their police and their own rights - will use this knowledge to demand the better police service that we all deserve. This has been published in various languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Telegu, Gujarati and Marathi in India. To know more about these books or for a copy email


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