Issue # 288 | 17 June 2014

 

 

 

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YOUR WEEKLY EDUCATION DIGEST

 

 

 

BLOG // NIKUNJ BERIA AND PARAMJEET CHAWLA

Project Patang - Soaring for Inclusion

 

Do you think that the students under the 25% reservation feel socially accepted? Does there exist a social bias in the society that prevents them from attaining the actual benefits of 25% reservation?

Although there exists limited research on inclusion as a concept, there is enough evidence to prove that inclusion is better for a society. Since 25% reservation under the RTE is already in effect, we need to find ways to bring private schools together and build a holistic inclusion program so that the students from weaker sections and disadvantaged groups, after getting admission, do not feel excluded in the environment and are able to perform at par with their peers. The Right to Education section 12 (1) (C) is an opportunity for these students to receive quality education, and this opportunity needs to be converted into a reality.

 

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VIDEO // CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, UK

Inclusive education and 25% reservation under RTE

 

Inclusive education and 25% reservation under RTE

The challenges of integrating socially and economically disadvantaged children, and those with disabilities, with middle and upper class students in private schools are considerable. This film documents some positive steps taken by three private schools in Pune, India towards a more inclusive vision of education.

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RESEARCH // INDUS ACTION, 2014

Project Eklavya: Campaign 1.0 Report

 

Behind the ritzy malls in South Delhi is one of the largest resettlement colonies in the capital. In one of its many narrow lanes, a precarious building of a 10x10 rooms resides a family of 4 with 'something' that sets them apart from the rest of the colony. They have 2 young children, Gyan and Diya, who also aspired to go to school like others their age. Mahesh, their father, on his way back from work once had seen a street play in his locality on Section 12 (1) (C). Recalling that day, Mahesh decided to call on the helpline that was given and see if  free seats were a myth. Minutes into the call, he became aware that there were free seats in every private unaided school for children belonging to economically weaker/socially-disadvantaged groups/physically handicapped children/orphans. Gyan and Diya, owing to their parents motivation and determination, are studying in Class I and Nursery in popular private schools. For them, reading and writing breaks many sociological, psychological barriers and most importantly- gives them an opportunity to free themselves from the shackles of precarious living.

 

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OPINION

DID YOU KNOW?

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In its existing form, does the 25 percent clause of RTE ensure social inclusion of children from disadvantaged and economically weaker sections?

 

 

 Only about 3% of eligible families in Delhi are aware of RTE Section 12 (1) (C) that gives children from disadvantaged  / and weaker sections access to private schools

 

 

Viewpoint 10.1

 

Viewpoint 10.1: Reservation in Private Schools under the RTE Act: Model for Implementation

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

 

 

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THE RTE NEWSREEL

 

Mid-Day, Maharashtra, 17 June 2014

Mumbai schools refuse to admit RTE applicants

The new academic year started on Monday, and most kids were seen flocking to their schools, however, some kids were with their parents at the BMC s education office in Dadar (East) to complain against schools that have refused to confirm their admission. Some parents of RTE applicants claim that schools are not allowing the admission of their students, claiming they have not received any information.

 

Times of India, NCT of Delhi, 16 June 2014

Government teachers to work for 30 more minutes

NEW DELHI: To comply with the minimum work hours prescribed by the Right to Education Act, 2009, the Directorate of Education has increased the work hours of government school teachers by half-an-hour. The RTE mandates a minimum of 45 working hours per week for a teacher. "The teachers will get 30 extra minutes to plan their lessons, check notebooks, evaluate their own performance as well as that of their students [and] prepare teaching aids," says a statement issued by the department.

 

The New Indian Express, Andhra Pradesh, 15 June 2014

PIL seeks RTE Act's effective implementation in schools

HYDERABAD: A PIL has been filed in the High Court seeking directions to the authorities to effectively implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act, prevent corporal punishment in schools, regulate school timings and weight of school bags. The petitioners K Gurumurthy, an advocate from Nellore and A Vijaya Mohan Reddy, president of the Forum for Better Vikarma Sinhapuri urged the court to declare the failure of authorities in preventing corporal punishments as illegal.

 

The New Indian Express, Karnataka, 14 June 2014

New RTE Norms for Minority Institutions

BANGALORE: The state government has decided to change the norms for educational institutions to qualify themselves as linguistic or religious minority institutions for the implementation of Right to Education(RTE) Act in primary education. The state Cabinet which discussed the issue in detail on Friday decided to amend the existing rules to accord the status of minority institution to any school/ educational institution being run by people belonging to minority communities.

 

Business Standard, Kerala, 13 June 2014

Admission denied to 7-yr-old: views of HRD Ministry sought

Kerala High Court has sought the views of the Union HRD Ministry and Principals of six Kendriya Vidyalayas here on a petition filed by a seven-year-old girl, who was denied admission to the first standard. The petitioner, Aiswaraya Shankar, represented by her father, stated that she was denied admission in violation of the provisions of Right to Education Act.

 

 

 

 

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