Weekly Update on Education

12 November 2008

Teachers getting poor marks from parents may quit
Expressindia, 11 November 2008

“The PMC had taken the initiative to give performance-based salary to teachers. The judgement was to be made by the parents of students. Now, even before the actual action begins, a few of the teachers whom parents are believed to have given low scores, have offered to apply for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) fearing action.” More [+]

DU to put its best lectures on web
The Times of India, 11 November 2008

“DU's Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), DU's year-old venture to promote e-learning, is planning to video record the lectures of the best teachers in the university for different courses and put them online for all students to access.” More [+]

FE Editorial : Right way to education
The Financial Express, 10 November 2008

“The trick is to encourage new supply. Announcing that all poor children’s education will be paid for by the government in private schools—the voucher idea—but that parents are free to pick schools will surely increase the supply of private school education. A small experiment in Delhi has already shown good results. Corporate involvement in primary education in states like Rajasthan has produced encouraging results as well.” More [+]

Mind set: Let's learn to teach
The Times of India, 9 November 2008

“Education makes a great difference to society as is clear from a small coastal village near Chennai whose adult population was alcoholic till four years ago and 95% of the children did not go to school but roamed the streets. Oneness University, a center for learning and growth that I work with, chose four teachers and trained them in a manner that underlined a basic truth - educating children is more about undertaking a mission than pursuing a profession.” More [+]

Reaching out to special people
Expressindia, 10 November 2008

“Several cases on making life comfortable for the physically challenged are pending in the High Court. Ramps at historical monuments, specially-trained teachers, and disabled-friendly public transport are some changes that need to be brought about.” More [+]

DoE gets tough on nursery admissions
The Times of India, 8 November 2008

“The Directorate of Education (DoE) is keeping a stricter eye on nursery admission procedure this year. With confusion and discrepancies abounding last year, DoE is making it clear to private schools this time that any deviation from the rule can invite action against them.” More [+]

AICTE allows colleges to run overtime
The Times of India, 8 November 2008

“All India Council for Technical Education has given its nod for colleges to operate in two shifts. If a college has a capacity to admit 300 students, it can easily increase it to 600 by applying for a second shift. However, officials said for such approval itll be required that the college should have a clean image in AICTE the records and should have a permanent recognition from AICTE.” More [+]

The right to learning
Livemint, 6 November 2008

“It is vital to understand the difference between funding and provision of education. The fact is that government money would be better spent if it directly provides the power to purchase education in the hands of the poor— school vouchers, for instance.” More [+]

School Choice International
By Martin R. West and Ludger Woessmann

A new multi-national study released today by Education Next shows that competition from private schools improves achievement for both public and private school students and decreases the amount spent per pupil. Read it here

Likelihood of college education for Indian Girls

“About one in 17 Muslim girls goes to college against nearly one in 10 Hindu girls, one in eight Sikh girls and one in six Christian girls, the data collected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) show.” More [+]


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