Weekly Update on Education

29 October 2008

India's demographic dilemma
The Economic Times, 29 October 2008

“Our estimates show that there are 89 million people expected to join the work force in the next five years. However, 47 million of these will be school drop-outs. Only 13 million of these will be graduates and above.” More [+]

Computers in classrooms: Delhi schools show the way
The Times of India, 27 October 2008

“Around 13.5% of all schools across India now have computer penetration, according to a recent report of the Union HRD ministry, which underlines the fact that barring Delhi, Maharashtra, southern states, Gujarat and MP, access to such facilities remain virtually non-existent to most students in the country.” More [+]

Rahul pitches for allowing foreign universities in India
The Hindu, 21 October 2008

“Gandhi said "they (foreign universities) should be allowed. There is no reason why they shouldn't. I am myself working on it. I will work on the idea and take it forward".” More [+]

Teach India: Education is still the preserve of those who can pay for it
The Times of India, 3 August 2008

“If the economic structure of our society seems like a pyramid with a large base of low-income people, educational levels are a mirror image — the lower the income, the less educated people are. Conversely, high incomes invariably mean a much higher level of education. Even after 60 years of Independence, the equation between poverty and lack of education is chillingly stark.” More [+]

Engineering aspirants beware, unrecognised institutes rising
Indian Express, 26 October 2008

“According to the HRD Ministry, out of the 203 unapproved institutes identified by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in the country in the last three years, more than 120 were in Karnataka, Maharashtra or Delhi alone.” More [+]

Teacher tribunal on table
The Telegraph, 24 October 2008

“Teachers in private schools and colleges with grievances against their institutions may soon be able to seek government intervention through a controversial job dispute redress mechanism proposed by the Centre.” More [+]

HRD panel slams Delhi govt on state of primary education
The Times of India, 22 October 2008

“The Standing Committee on the HRD ministry has pulled up the Delhi government for not being sure of the data about enrolment of children belonging to scheduled castes and minorities.” More [+]

CAG report on midday meal quality raises stink
The Economic Times, 28 October 2008

“The Comptroller and Auditor General has raised some issues about quality and delivery in the biggest school meal scheme, the national programme for nutritional support to primary education.” More [+]

We will open 50 more colleges if voted to power: BJP
The Hindu, 21 October 2008

“Stepping up attack on the Congress Government, the BJP on Tuesday accused it of failing to improve the educational infrastructure and promised to open 50 more colleges if voted to power in the city.” More [+]

Private Education is Good for the Poor: A Study of Private Schools Serving the Poor in Low-Income Countries
CATO Institute, White Paper

“Many observers believe that the private sector has very little to offer in terms of reaching the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of "education for all" by 2015. Private education is often assumed to be concerned only with serving the elite or middle classes, not the poor. And unregistered or unrecognized private schools are thought to be of the lowest quality and hence demanding of detailed regulation, or even closure, by governmental authorities.” More [+]

"Quality of secondary education, cost of starting a business and the lack of government effectiveness are among the reasons why India ranked 70th among 104 nations on the World Prosperity Index (WPI) 2008". More[+]
The 2008 Legatum Prosperity Index

Percentage Distribution of Schools inspected during 2005-06 (All States) in India

Primary Only
Rural: 54.99
Urban: 53.16

Primary with Upper Primary
Rural: 56.50
Urban: 46.50

Primary with Upper Primary & Sec./Hr.Sec.
Rural: 40.83
Urban: 34.52

Upper Primary Only
Rural: 57.11
Urban: 53.96

Upper Primary with Sec./Hr.Sec
Rural: 45.52
Urban: 50.93

All schools
Rural: 54.71
Urban: 49.70

DISE Data, Elementary Education in Rural India, Analytical Tables 2006-07
DISE Data, Elementary Education in Urban India, Analytical Tables 2006-07


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