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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 219)

01 Jan 2013

Private schools told to strictly adhere to RTE Act provisions
The Hindu, December 28th, 2012

Private schools have been told to strictly adhere to all the rules and regulations of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act such as providing admission without demanding birth certificates or conducting any admission tests.

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NCERT panel on minorities suggests separate schools for girls
The Hindu, January 1st, 2013

An advisory committee of NCERT set up for promotion of education of religious minorities has suggested establishing separate schools for girls to check their dropout rates and a comprehensive scholarship criterion for the holistic development of children.

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School forum demands one governing body for RTE Act
Hindustan Times, December 26th, 2012

The Unaided Schools' Forum has written to the education department complaining that too many government bodies are involved in the monitoring of the Right To Education (RTE) Act, making it difficult for schools.

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99% fail test for school teachers
Times of India, January 2nd, 2013

In an alarming indictment of the quality of training given to prospective school teachers, over 99% aspirants failed to clear the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2012.

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CCE adding to stress: Teachers
Times of India, December 21st, 2012

Almost four years after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), teachers are still straining to cope with the additional work load.

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Efforts to make RTE Act a reality gains momentum
Daily News and Analysis, January 2nd, 2013

Since January 1, the process to implement section 12 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE) has begun. Accordingly, all schools — aided and unaided — have to reserve 25% of its seats for underprivileged children. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation have also distributed directives for the implementation of this Act issued by the government.

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Charters and public schools compared
Washington Post, January 1st, 2013

I read with interest Mark Schneider and Robert Cane’s Dec. 30 Local Opinions commentary, “Why charters shouldn’t be ‘neighborhood schools.’” What has been missing is a study on the differences between the families of the children who are successful in charter schools and those of children failing in traditional D.C. public schools.

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Hungarian students continue protests despite some government concessions on education reforms
Washington Post, December 20th, 2012

Hungarian high school and university students went ahead Wednesday with protests against changes in the education system despite the government’s acceptance of some of their demands.

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Private Delhi schools can now run on second shift
The Times of India, December 20th, 2012

Private unaided schools can now run a second shift after regular school hours. This shift, however, would have to be run as a separate entity with no common teachers or other school staff, according to a decision taken by the Delhi School Education Advisory Board on Wednesday.

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What is learning and why is it happening?
Economic and Political Weekly, August 11, 2012, Vol. XLVII No. 32

Learning Levels and Gaps in Pakistan: A Comparison with Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh" (EPW, 30 June 2012) overgeneralises the fi ndings of the study on which it is based without bothering to analyse them to throw light on why children learn the way they do, or why children do not learn enough, leave alone contemplating what constitutes meaningful learning.

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Adam Smith on the need of choice and competition in education
The expense of the institutions for education and religions instruction, is likewise, no doubt, beneficial to the whole society, and may, therefore, without injustice, be defrayed by the general contribution of the whole society. This expense, however, might perhaps with equal propriety, and even with some advantage, be defrayed altogether by those who receive the immediate benefit of such education and instruction, or by the voluntary contribution of those who think they have occasion for either the one or the other. --From the conclusion to chapter 1. Click here to read more

3 Reasons school choice is growing
Watch Video: Brooking Education choice and competition index
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Poll
Should para- teachers be inducted into the Right of Children to free and compulsory education Act, 2009, as teachers?

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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 www.righttoeducation.in
for more information

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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