Weekly Update on Education

15 October 2008

MoF for public-pvt model in education
The Economic Times, 10 October 2008

"NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has paved way for corporates to join hands with the government in education ventures. It has favoured the Rajasthan government’s proposal for setting up senior secondary schools through public-private-partnership (PPP) in Rajasthan." More [+]

India's Grass-Roots Teachers
Time World, 8 October 2008

"It's common in fashionable urban spots like Nehru Place to hear people airing concerns about the growing distance between India's very rich and very poor. But Iyer is doing something about it. He is one of over 55,000 volunteers from India's five biggest cities who have signed up for Teach India, an initiative backed by the Times of India and the UN Volunteers working to spread literacy, and more importantly, quality education." More [+]

Bihar flood takes a toll on education
India Today, 8 October 2008

“Overall, 2399 schools out of the total 7,480 schools in the five districts have been damaged by floodwaters after the Kosi breached its embankment at Kusaha in Nepal on August 18 and caused huge devastations in Bihar.” More [+]

Fees may rise, not teachers’ salaries
Hindustan Times, 11 October 2008

"Private schools may be pushing for a 50 per cent hike in fee paid by parents ostensibly to pay teachers as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, but a number of them do not even follow government scales for paying teachers. Teachers say that although these schools are burdening parents with increased fee, it was unlikely that the money would reach their pockets." More [+]

'Schools fail to involve parents while deciding action plan'
The Hindu, 13 October 2008

"Notwithstanding the fact that parents are the most crucial stakeholder in children's education, majority of schools in the country fail to involve them while deciding their action plan and only a few get regular feed back from them." More [+]

Representatives of NCTE in CBI net
The Times of India, 9 October 2008

"The CBI raid came after complaints that the representatives were allegedly demanding bribe from five Jaipur and Chomu-based institutes. These institutes had applied to NCTE for opening B.Ed colleges." More [+]

School vouchers open a new chapter for the poor
Business Standard, 22 September 2008

"Shankar Ram, an auto-rickshaw driver living in a poor neighbourhood in north Delhi, is proud of his son’s etiquette and English language skills. His 10-year-old son Amit has been studying in a private school for the last one year after a non-government organisation introduced the school voucher programme." More [+]

Bill on foreign education providers to see light of day
The Economic Times, 14 October 2008

"NEW DELHI: After much dithering, the government has finally decided to introduce a Bill in the ensuing session of Parliament to open up India's higher education sector to foreign entities and regulate their entry and operation." More [+]

Dismal Science: The Shortcomings of U.S. School Choice Research and How to Address Them
By John Merrifield, Policy Analysis no. 616, 16 April 2008

"Pressing questions about the merits of market accountability in K-12 education have spawned a large scholarly literature. Unfortunately, much of that literature is of limited relevance, and some of it is misleading. The studies most widely cited in the United States used intense scrutiny of a few small-scale, restriction-laden U.S. programs—and a handful of larger but still restriction-laden foreign school choice expansions—to assert general conclusions about the effects of "choice," "competition," and "markets."" More [+]

Preference for English-medium education
The student population in Marathi-medium schools has fallen from 119.61 lakh (‘05-06) to 117.95 lakh (’06-07), whereas enrolment in English-medium schools has gone up from 11.91 lakh to 15.02 lakh. More[+]

Teacher and Student Attendance Rates in India
Teachers Primary National: 81.7%
Teachers Upper Primary National: 80.8%
Students Primary National: 68.5%
Source: Independent Study commissioned by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)

Reader's Comment
“However hard AICTE tries to act as INNOVATORS and trend setters one who comes in contact with their representatives only comes to know that AICTE stands for ALL INDIA CORRUPT TEACHERS IN ENGINEERING. There are cases where the teacher had amassed huge wealth disproportionate to his income. They say the person has done NBA (NATIONAL BOARD OF ACCREDITATION) from AICTE.”
- S K Goswami


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