Issue # 291 | 8 July 2014

 

 

 

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YOUR WEEKLY EDUCATION DIGEST

 

 

 

BLOG // MERIL ANTONY AND PRASHANT NARANG

Building schools or building schools?

 

Simran and Rani used to cover only 50 steps to reach their school. Now, they walk almost 4 km everyday to study in their new school. The previous school had to close down due to verbal pressure from the district officials.

In 2013-14, 1170 private schools have been shut down thus affecting more than 40,000 students. These private schools have been closed down on the grounds of non-compliance with the norms and standards in the schedule as per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), 2009 (‘Act’). These rules are only applicable to private schools. The reasons for non-compliance have mostly been rented building, less-than-mandated plot size and classroom size.

 

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VIDEO // THE RTE PLATFORM

#OpenYourEyes to Chinnu's dreams and life

 

#OpenYourEyes to Chinnu's dreams and life

Featured: Child Rights and You (CRY) shared this video with us last week, a brief photo-essay into the life of Chinnu, who attends a budget private school and works afterwards. He is inspired by Dr BR Ambedkar, and wants to become an engineer when he grows up.

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RESEARCH // GLOBAL INITIATIVE-ESCR, JULY 2014

Privatisation and its impact on the right to education of women and girls

 

This report on ‘Privatization and its Impact on the Right to Education of Women and Girls,’ is informed by an e-consultation held via the Right to Education Project Discussion Forum, as well as over Facebook and Twitter. The discussion forum is a global, multilingual online forum. The e-consultation began on 15 May 2014. In addition, this written submission was also informed by a recent two-day workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland (from 13-14 June) addressing privatization and the human right to education. The workshop brought together advocates from 12 different countries (Belgium, Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, UK, and USA), advocates representing networks from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and advocates from civil society organizations, including teachers, working at a global level.

The workshop specifically addressed gender discrimination within the context of privatization of education and was used as an opportunity to gather inputs into this written submission.

 

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OPINION

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Is contractual teaching a better option than hiring regular teachers who need to be paid salaries according to government rates?

 

An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15 to 25%.


Psacharopoulous, G. et al.

Returns to Investment in Education: A further Update. Policy Research Working Paper 2881

(Washington, DC: World Bank 2002)

 

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Delhi (NCT of Delhi) // The Deccan Herald // 8 July 2014

South Corpn plans schools on wheels

NEW DELHI: July 8, 2014, DHNS: The South Corporation is planning to launch mobile schools for delivering doorstep education to underprivileged street children engaged in petty jobs for contributing to their families’ income. The corporation is also planning to depute by August 7 about 40 counsellors to help primary school students who have fallen prey to substance abuse..

 

Global/International // Times of India // 7 July 2014

Student learning in South Asia

Since 2000, South Asian education systems have seen in creasing school access, higher prioritisation in budget allocation and a dramatic increase in enrolment rates in primary and secondary education. In spite of this quantitative progress in education levels, there remains a significant gap in qualitative outcomes, according to a new study by the World Bank.

 

Kerala // The New Indian Express // 5 July 2014

Special Educators no More Daily Wagers

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Over 1,300 resource teachers under the Central Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) project will no more have to work as daily wage workers on a reduced pay. The SSA executive committee, chaired by the Chief Secretary, has issued orders bringing the teachers back on contract basis with a higher monthly salary. “The contract will be with effect from May 28, when the Annual Work Plan & Budget for 2014-15 from the Union HRD Ministry was received by the state,” SSA state project director E P Mohandas told Express..

 

Jharkhand // Times of India // 4 July 2014

New HRD rule to make pvt school admissions transparent

RANCHI: The human resource development department will soon make it mandatory for city-based private schools to upload all information, including admission procedure, for proper implementation of Right to Education Act. All private schools in the city will get separate login IDs and passwords for uploading information like number of students from economically weak background, details of affiliation, number of teachers and their qualification, among others.

 

Andhra Pradesh // The Hindu // 4 July 2014

SCERT proposes change in school timings

The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has proposed changing the school timings from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. in government schools as required under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. This is being done, according to officials, to ensure that students spend 45 hours a week in school, an increase of over five hours over the existing 40 hours of teaching.

 

 

 

 

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