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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 214)

20 Nov 2012

HC holds back recruitment of the Punjab rural teachers
The Hindustan Times, November 17th, 2012

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday restrained the Punjab education department from finalising the recruitment of 5,078 rural associate teachers advertised through a public notice on September 9. The directions came from the bench headed by justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa on a petition filed by Parminder Pal and three other unemployed B Ed qualified people.

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Free, Compulsory education Bill passed
The News, November 13th, 2012

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly unanimously passed "The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill‚ 2012" (RFCE) moved by Yasmeen Rehman. The bill provides for free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years and ten percent quota in all the private educational institutions has been reserved for poor children besides penalty up to Rs50,000 or six months imprisonment provided in the bill. The bill has already been passed by the Senate.

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School Districts brace for cuts as fiscal crisis looms
The New York Times, November 15th, 2012

During the campaign, both President Obama and Mitt Romney repeatedly extolled the value of schools and teachers. Mr. Romney, in their first debate last month, even vowed, “I’m not going to cut education funding.” But if his fellow Republicans in Congress and Mr. Obama cannot agree on a resolution for the country’s looming debt crisis, the automatic budget cuts and tax increases that will kick in next year could spawn another round of belt-tightening at public schools already battered by the recession and its aftermath.

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Sensitize schools in inclusivity
The Hindu, November 10th, 2012

It is important to sensitise schools in inclusivity, said Shekhar Seshadri, Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans).

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Education: Move away from excessive focus on exams, says Shashi Tharoor
The Indian Express, November 9th, 2012

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said the country needs to move away from excessive focus on examinations.

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Teacher recruitments hit salary roadblock
The Hindustan Times, November 17th, 2012

The three civic bodies that operate 1,700-odd schools have to hire 1,752 teachers whose salaries are to be paid by the Delhi government. While the government has offered to pay Rs. 13,000 per month, the corporations have demanded a salary of Rs. 23,000 per month, which will be on a par with other contractual teachers.The new teachers are to be recruited under the Sarva Ahiksha Abhiyan, costs of which are to be borne by the Delhi government.

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North Corp proposes to recognise schools built on smaller plots
The Hindustan Times, November 17th, 2012

With school admissions becoming more and more difficult in the city because of limited options, the North Corporation has proposed to start recognising schools built on small plots.

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Submit nursery admission rules, DOE to schools
The Hindustan Times, November 16th, 2012

City schools may be required to send their admission criteria and basic points system to the directorate of education (DOE) by the end of the month. The schools, DOE officials said, can prepare the criteria and send it to the directorate before the release of admission guidelines that are not expected to change much this year.“The guidelines have been prepared after a lot of deliberation over the past three-four years. They have been changed according to the orders of the high court,” said Amit Singla, education director, Delhi government.

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Do not divert SSA funds for reimbursement under RTE: State
The Hindu, November 20th, 2012

The State government has opposed the Union government tagging funds provided under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan (SSA) to the expenditure involved in the implementation of the Right To Education (RTE) Act in the State, and demanded exclusive allocation of the funds for reimbursing fees to private educational institutions for students admitted under the RTE provisions.

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Effects of primary, secondary and tertiary education on economic Growth
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=753647

This paper investigates the impact of human capital on economic growth in Guatemala during 1951-2002 using an error-correction methodology. The results show a better-educated labor force having a positive and significant impact on economic growth.

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School Choice debate resurfaces
The school vouchers movement gets a boost from this study (pdf here) of the privately funded New York School Choice Scholarship Program. The Foundation offered scholarship, worth $1400 per year (1998 dollars), to approximately 1000 low income families with children of elementary school age for a period of three years to attend private, religious, or secular schools of their choice in New York. Click here to read more

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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.

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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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School Vouchers for Girls

400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
For details visit our website

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