Weekly Update on Education

17 December 2008

Parents vent ire, offer suggestions
Hindustan Times, 13 December 2008

"The Delhi Directorate of Education received complaints running into 25 pages, These complaints by the SCC included complaints against specific schools charging hefty fee in the name of prospectus and refusing to provide receipts for the money paid, schools calling children for interviews and refusing admission on flimsy grounds" More [+]

India's education quality is poor, 15 December 2008

"The quality of education in the country was far from satisfactory due to poor infrastructure as well the outdated methods adopted by teachers. Further, teachers were not equipped with knowledge to teach students. Some of students have been facing problems in reading and writing" More [+]

India lags behind on educational parameters
The Timers of India, 16 December 2008

"India might be on its way to becoming a major economic powerhouse but its educational parameters -- both primary and higher education -- give a glimpse of the deep crisis the country is in. he present gross enrolment ratio in higher education is estimated to be only 11% as compared to the world average of about 23.2%." More [+]

Path-breaking bill on elementary education introduced in Rajya Sabha
Zee News, 15 December 2008

"Children from economically weaker families may now hope to study in top private schools, thanks to a Bill which seeks to make free and compulsory elementary education the right of every child and earmark at least 25 percent seats in class I for such students in every school" More [+]

Can education stop child labour?
The Times of India, 15 December 2008

"It isn't hard to picture a 10-year-old going to school, while another of his age is accompanying him holding his heavy school bag. Why is it so and who is responsible? The other child also has a right to education. So, why is he denied this right?" here

Law to limit teacher vacancies
The Telegraph, 10 December 2008

"The so-called better states in education have a decent student-teacher ratio and less than 10 per cent vacancies overall. But if you study deeper, you find this is because the conditions in some parts - cities in particular - are exceptional, but abysmal in other areas of the state" More [+]

Call for education reform as public schools left behind
The National, UAE , 15 December 2008

"Passing rates at private schools remained substantially higher than at state schools, but low student achievement is just one symptom of the many problems facing state schools."More [+]

Schools Without Toilets Undermine Orissa's Education, 10 December 2008

"According to targets set by the Orissa state government, separate toilets are to be provided for girls in all upper primary and high schools. This means that Orissa would need a total of 70,000 toilets for its 51,772 government and aided schools. Today, the state has managed to build only a little over half this number."More [+]

One-third of institutes in Gujarat not approved by AICTE, 15 December 2008

"Over one-third of the institutes listed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the 'non-permitted and non-approved' category belong to Gujarat." More [+]

Action for School Admission Reforms (ASAR)

School Choice Campaign and have joined hands to provide all the parents seeking admission for their ward in pre-primary schools in Delhi and NCR with a platform to register a complaint, even anonymously, against any school violating the rules that govern the process of nursery admission.

Parents can call or send an email to complaint. All these complaints will be forwarded to the Directorate of Education, Delhi for necessary action.

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