Issue # 302 | 23 September 2014

 

 FOUR DAYS TO GO! Have you registered yet for the NISA School Leaders Summit?

 

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BLOG // RISHI VASHISTHA

In Good, We Trust

 

About a year ago, I had the chance to be a part of a very interesting event in New Delhi. As many as two hundred people from across the country had gathered to speak about some special kind of schools – schools that operated a wafer-thin profit margins, delivered better educational outcomes than most government schools and were the preferred choice of even those parents who had the smallest amount of money to spend on their children’s education.

As I heard some notable speakers talk about these schools, I gathered that there were some serious challenges, which would not let them flourish and grow, to the extent that they would need external protection and promotion in order to even survive. I learnt that these schools are not RTE-compliant, which means they do not fulfill an array of conditions that would qualify them as ‘schools, where children could learn’. In another session, I also realised how difficult it was for them to upgrade to meet those norms and standards, which as research indicates, have no significant effect on learning.

 

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VIDEO // CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY, JUNE 2013

About NISA - the National Independent Schools Alliance

 

About NISA - the National Independent Schools Alliance

The National Independent Schools Alliance is the largest association of budget private schools in India. As of today, it represents over 36,400 schools from 20 state associations, which cater to the needs of ~9.35 million children at an average of ~250 children per school. Watch this video from the first School Leaders Summit held at New Delhi in 2012.

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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

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Should All Private Unrecognised Schools Be Closed Down?

 

Is it justified to gauge all private schools by the same yardstick and shut them for non compliance with RTE norms and standards.

Or should we think harder?

 

India Needs To Save 300,000 Budget Private Schools


An estimated 300,000 recognised / unrecognised private schools are endangered because of RTE. However, 1.2 million dysfunctional government schools are exempt.

 

Four Days To Go: 3rd National School Leaders Summit (SLS)

 

National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) is holding the third annual, national meet of leaders of budget private schools (BPS).

27 September 2014, New Delhi.

 

 

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THE RTE NEWSREEL

 

New Delhi // The Indian Express // 23 September 2014

Bring Back Exams, More Weight On Learning, Teachers

The Rajasthan government is planning two significant amendments to the Right to Education (RTE) Act: reintroducing exams in at least three classes from Class I to 8, and giving more weightage to “learning outcomes” than to physical infrastructure of schools while deciding on their recognition or registration.

 

Maharashtra // DNA // 23 September 2014

Report: Learning Outcomes

Improving learning outcomes is a crucial task that stares the Indian education system in its face. Prachi Rege tracks the scope of education surveys that try to spot loopholes in the learning system.

 

Maharashtra // The Indian Express // 22 September 2014

Little Big Steps

The ECC Campaign, which aims to enroll every 6 to 7 year-old child in mainstream schools, was conceived by city-based social worker Rajani Paranjpe, who runs runs Door Step School (DSS) that educates under-privileged children in Pune and Mumbai. As part of the campaign, in the year 2012 and 2013, as many as 3000 children were enrolled in PMC area under the Right to Education Act in 2012 and 2013.

 

All India // The Financial Express // 19 September 2014

Pay School

Higher pay for teachers doesn’t lead to better learning outcomes, studies find.

 

Punjab // Hindustan Times // 15 September 2014

'TET No Job Guarantee, Just Eligibility'

Hardly four months in the saddle, Punjab education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema has enough to say on improving the school education system, as he also looks critically at central flagship schemes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Midday Meal and makes a case for financial powers to the states for their success.

 

 

 

 

 

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