Weekly Update on Education

4 February 2009

School books in gift box
Hindustan Times epaper, 2 February 2009

“I LOVE my uniform,” said 8year-old Rahul Saxena, showing off his gray trousers, red checked shirt and a red pullover. “When I was in the MCD school I didn’t have such a nice dress,” said Rahul. Rahul’s migration from the MCD school in East Vinod Nagar to Upadhyaya Public School near his home happened after he won a voucher from the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), an independent research and educational organisation.” More [+]

Educomp to foray into budget schools
Business Standard, 4 February 2009

“Leading education company, Educomp Solutions Ltd, today, announced its plans for setting up budget schools in small towns across India. The budget schools, called Vidya Prabhat Schools, would have CBSE affiliation and follow NCERT curriculum.”More [+]

Govt reaches out to fathers for girls’ education
Expressindia, 31 January 2009

“The Delhi government continues to push ahead the cause of the girl child. While last year it was the Laadli project — a mission to encourage parents to educate girl children and also check the drop-out rate in government schools, the government is now set on another scheme called FADA, or the Father and Daughter Alliance.”More [+]

Waiting to Be Won Over - Teachers Speak on the Profession, Unions, and Reform
Education Sector Report by Ann Duffett, Steve Farkas, Andrew J. Rotherham, and Elena Silva, May 2008

“American public education is in the midst of intense change, and teachers, in particular, are facing pressure to produce better outcomes for students. As policymakers, teachers unions, and other stakeholders react to changing demands on the nation's public education system, there remains considerable debate about what teachers think and what they want. Too often assumptions define the conversation rather than actual evidence of teachers' views. In an effort to facilitate and inform this conversation, Education Sector and the FDR Group surveyed 1,010 K–12 public school teachers about their views on the teaching profession, teachers unions, and a host of reforms aimed at improving teacher quality.” More [+]

Nursery lists out, some schools hide break-ups
The Times of India, 2 February 2009

“The nursery battle has come to a close with the last few schools in the city coming out with their results on Sunday. At least seven schools released their lists of selected candidates but in complete violation of the recent high court order some of the schools have not given the break-up of points scored by each candidate.” More [+]

Delhi Cabinet approves fee hike in private schools
The Times of India, 29 January 2009

“The Delhi government on Wednesday, through a cabinet decision, has hiked the private school fee structure up to Rs 500. The schools were placed under five different slabs. As per the decision those schools charging Rs 500 as fee per month would be allowed to hike their fees by Rs 100. Similarly schools whose fee structure is between Rs 500 to Rs 1000 would hike their fee by Rs 200, schools charging fees between Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 would hike their fee by Rs 300 and those charging between Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 would hike it by Rs 400. The maximum hike has been allowed to those schools whose fees are above Rs 2000.” More [+]

Parents protest school fee hike
Expressindia, 31 January 2009

“The protest march against the fee hike was called by Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh, a body of parents founded in 1995 when the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations were being implemented. Fourteen seasons on, the organisation is back on the streets as the Sixth Pay Commission comes into effect and the government allowed a Rs 100-500 hike even as private schools demanded a steep increase to raise staff pay." More [+]

Rush to Judgment: Teacher Evaluation in Public Education
Education Sector Report by Thomas Toch and Robert Rothman, January 2008

“In this Education Sector report, Co-founder and Co-director Thomas Toch and Robert Rothman of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform examine the causes and consequences of the crisis in teacher evaluation, as well as its implications for the current national debate about performance pay for teachers. And the report examines a number of national, state, and local evaluation systems that point to a way out of the evaluation morass.” More [+]

Private Household Spending on Education & Training
European Commission, 2005

“This study had set out to get better insight into private household spending on education and training in Europe. In the process, the study has collected available statistical information, analysed such data, reviewed some policy documents with relevance to the issue and synthesised the current situation.The resulting report has presented the findings and made proposals for possible future development in this respect.” More [+]

Teacher Attendance 2007 (Rural India)

Teachers attending (average)

Std. 1-4/5: 91 %
Std. 1-8: 87.4 %

Schools with no teacher present:

Std. 1-4/5: 0.2 %
Std. 1-8: 0.2 %

Schools with all teachers present:

Std. 1-4/5: 73.7 %
Std. 1-8: 53.5 %

Voices in Urban Education
“This publication brings together educational stakeholders with a wide range of viewpoints to air differences and seek common ground. In each issue of VUE, you'll find cutting-edge analysis of a vital issue in urban education; diverse voices, including leading education writers and thinkers as well as unconventional and seldom-heard voices; and provocative debate about improving urban education.” More [+]



























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