Issue # 300 | 9 September 2014

 

 

 

STUDENT FIRST! NEWS

YOUR WEEKLY EDUCATION DIGEST

 

 

 

BLOG // KUMAR ANAND

Head Sir

 

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, allow me to share the story of Head Sir (as he is fondly called by his students, past and present), founder-principal of a low-fee private school in a remote town of Bihar, and his ordeal while trying to get government recognition for his school.

Head Sir started out as an educational entrepreneur – or edupreneur – in early 1990s by tutoring three kids of the same family at their home. He was dedicated to his job and keen to make a name for himself. He used to devote long hours to make sure that students under his care do better. His hard work started to bear fruit when he started getting requests from more and more parents who were desperate to find a good teacher for their kids.

 

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VIDEO // AAJ TAK, SEPTEMBER 2014

PM Narendra Modi's Independence Day Speech

 

PM Narendra Modi's Teachers' Day Speech, 5 September 2014

On 5 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the Teachers' Day speech from New Delhi's Manekshaw Auditorium. It was telecast live by TV channels across India. Modi also spoke to children about various issues surrounding education in the country.

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RESEARCH // CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY, SEPTEMBER 2014

RTE And Budget Private Schools: What Would Gandhi Think?

 

James Tooley's research is a journey into the history of Indian education, drawing comparisons between the shutting down of indigenous schools then, on Macaulay's recommendations, and the closure of budget private schools today under the RTE, for being “not good enough”. He explores the well-intentioned policies, and their faulty premises - that people cannot be trusted to make judgements about what is better or worse for their own children; and suggests that we take a leaf out of Gandhi’s book and resist the closures, to win our educational independence. 

 

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OPINION

DID YOU KNOW?

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Does The Govt Have Enough Confidence In Its Own Schools?

 

Why do govt officials and teachers send their own children to private schools? Are the state schools really so incapable that they can't educate children of their own staff?

 

25% Of Govt/Aided Upper Primary Schools Violate RTE Act


They don't meet the requirement for at least 220 working days in a school year (as reported in 2011-12 Flash Statistics by District Information System for Education)

 

SOS: Save 300,000 Budget Private Schools

 

Special Report by Autar Nehru, Aruna Ravikumar and Nadia Lewis,

Education World: The Human Development Magazine,

August 2014

 

 

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THE RTE NEWSREEL

 

All-India // Times of India // 8 September 2014

Threat Of Closure

Budget private schools, which serve children from low-income families, face a threat of closure under the right to education (RTE) act 2010. According to a National Independent Schools Alliance report, since 2011, 19,414 schools have been shut or issued notices in 17 sates, affecting about 3,494,520 students. The RTE act requires private schools to fulfil norms related to infrastructure and teachers' salaries in order to be recognised.

 

All-India // The CSR Journal // 8 September 2014

Right To Education In India: Undermining Its Own Objectives

In April 2010, India passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, a landmark legislation aimed at universal enrolment of students between the ages of 6-14 in schools. But despite enrolment figures in schools seeing a significant upward trend since the Act was passed (96.7% in 2013);student performance has seen a downward spiral, both in public and private schools, according to ASER Reports.

 

New Delhi // Daiji World // 6 September 2014

Education Sector In Northeast Undergoing Major Transformation

New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS): National Award winner Khagendra Nath Chetia Phukan, who has spent 40 years teaching in some of the most remote parts of Assam and its bordering areas, has seen the education sector in the region undergoing major development.

 

All-India // The Indian Express // 5 September 2014

India Needs More Competent Teachers: President Pranab Mukherjee

Noting that India faces a big challenge to improve the quality of teaching and learning outcomes in schools, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the nation needs more competent and willing teachers to achieve these objectives. Teachers should imbibe in students the values of tolerance, secularism and inclusiveness to make the world a safer and better place to live in, he said addressing the National Teachers Awards function here coinciding with Teachers’ Day.

 

New Delhi // The Hindu // 5 September 2014

Teachers' Day: Kasturba Vidyalaya teachers, support staff protest 'raw deal'

NEW DELHI, SEPT 5: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi went live on Teacher’s Day, connecting with children throughout the country with the aid of television screens, a sizeable section of teachers from several States stood out in the rain in the Capital, protesting against the pittance paid to them as salaries. Hundreds of male, female ‘day-time’ teachers and support staff of the over 3,500 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas - the backbone of the Government’s flagship Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - held a dharna at Jantar Mantar protesting the lowering of the honorarium from Rs. 7,200/month to Rs. 5,000/month.

 

 

 

 

 

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