Weekly Update on Education

7 January 2009

‘Bill must mention minorities’
The Statesman, 6 January 2009

“The founder bodies of minority schools in the state will urge the Centre to include the term “minority” in the The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008. ” More [+]

12 states to adopt NCERT text books
Deccan Herald, 4 January 2009

“Coming a step closer to bring uniformity in curriculum across the country, students in a dozen states would read NCERT books in government-run schools from the coming academic session in place of state text books. ” More [+]

Govt keen to raise secondary school enrolment
The Times of India, 5 January 2009

“New Delhi: Even before the Union Cabinet cleared the ambitious Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan aimed at universalising secondary education and taking gross enrolment ratio to 75%, National University of Educational Planning and Administration had put in place a foolproof system that would help in monitoring the Rs 20,000 crore plan.” More [+]

Mamata meets Pranab over legality of teachers' institutes, 3 January 2009

“Kolkata: West Bengal's principal opposition Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Saturday met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the threatened closure of 138 primary teachers' training institutes (PTTIs) in the state following a court order declaring them illegal.” More [+]

Plans to sell schools: MCD on denial
The Times of India, 3 January 2009

“New Delhi: MCD on Friday sought to deny that it was planning to sell vacant schools for developing malls, banquet halls and shops, but a presentation — `Proposal on property development for vacant school premises' — gives the game away entirely.” More [+]

A special school for children run from brothel in Delhi
Tha Indian News, 31 December 2008

“The Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the cause of uplifting sex workers in the country, has opened a small evening school for sex workers in the red light area G.B.Road in Old Delhi. Being run from a brothel room following non-availability of required space, the six days a week school is aimed at providing primary education to sex workers children.” More [+]

UK Board Edexcel to expand in India
Business Standard, 30 December 08

“Edexcel International, the UK-based awarding body, which offers joint academic and vocational qualifications to schools and colleges world wide, is expanding in India by opening four offices in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The cost of the expansion is Rs 10 crore. Edexcel had recently entered the Indian academic space by representing eight schools and is already present in vocational streams. It has partnered with Aptech and IGNOU for offering diploma programmes.” More [+]

Govt nod to ICT scheme for personalised knowledge to students
The Hindu, 2 January 2009

“New Delhi (PTI): Government on Friday approved a central scheme to use the Information Communication Technology (ICT) in providing personalised and interactive knowledge modules to students, a step aimed at increasing enrolment rate by five per cent in higher education in the 11th Plan.” More [+]

1,680 single teacher schools in Karnataka, 2 January 2009

Bangalore: "Out of 40,000 government primary schools in Karnataka, 1,680 government primary schools continue to have a single teacher and less than 10 students and 485 of them having less than five students."More [+]



























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