Weekly Update on Education

11 February 2009

Govt,pvt sector can work together to give quality education:FM
The Economic Times, 7 February 2009

“KALLAL: Quality education, health and other infrastructural facilities for all people would be a reality if the Government and private sector worked together without considering each other as rivals or having differences, union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said today.” More [+]

It is easier to get into Oxford, MIT than Delhi’s nursery schools
Hindustan Times, 10 February 2009

“It is harder for a three-year-old to get into the nursery sections of some leading Delhi schools than for undergraduates to gain admission into one of the 13 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University and Cambridge University.”More [+]

MP Govt plans scholarship for students securing over 80%, 7 February 2009

“Students of the State, who have secured 80 per cent or above marks in the class XII exams in the academic session 2007-08 will be given Central Sector Scholarship — a special initiative of Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. The MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) has invited applications from the meritorious students across the State to avail the benefits of this scheme.”More [+]

Midday meals to serve bigger platter from coming session
Expressindia, 7 February 2009

“While the government had said in 2007 that the scheme to provide cooked meal to government school students from Class I to VIII in 2008-09 session, it was held up last year after the Finance department's clearance failed to come through on time. Plans are now afoot to introduce the scheme in the 2009-10 session.” More [+]

Himachal mulls setting up of residential schools for children of nomads
Northern Voices Online, 3 February 2009

“Dharmshala: Himachal Government considering setting up of residential schools for children of Gujjar community upto middle standard at Shahpur and Nurpur in district Kangra, Chamba and Saho in district Chamba to facilitate regular educational facilities and the deputy commissioners had been directed to identify land for the purpose.” More [+]

Centre to introduce Bill for national madrassa board
Zeenews, 5 February 2009

“The Bill is being drawn up. It will be introduced in this session," HRD Minister Arjun Singh told reporters here. The board will affiliate the madrassas which are not affiliated to state madrassa boards. The government has already decided to treat madrassa qualification on par with CBSE to enable Muslim students to get Central government jobs. However, this benefit will also be available for those madrassas which are affiliated to the state madrassa boards existing in 10 states.” More [+]

This school is wired...
The Times of India, 6 February 2009

“NEW DELHI: A narrow congested lane leads one to the only MCD Urdu medium primary school, in Chauhan Bangar area of Seelampur. In this minority dominated locality, 3,500 students attend the Urdu and Hindi medium schools which share the same premises under the shadow of danger. Transformers supplying electricity to the Chauhan Bangar-Jaffrabad areas are located right inside the premises. As if that was not bad enough, dirty tap water and virtually non-existent toilets add to the misery of the students." More [+]

Making Minority Student Success a Priority
Education Next Report, Kevin Carey, April 2008

“By reaching out to low-income and first-generation students as early as the sixth grade and providing a steady stream of advice and support through their high school and college careers, Florida State University (FSU) has managed to defy the prevailing wisdom that low minority college graduation rates are regrettable but unavoidable. FSU is not alone. In the last six years, a significant number of colleges and universities have achieved small or nonexistent graduation rate gaps between white and black students.” More [+]

Educational Accountability: The State of the Art
European Commission, 2005

“Clearly, the forms that accountability may take in schools and education systems, as a whole, need to be better understood as do the consequences of introducing one form as distinct from another need to be better understood. Hence, the general purpose of this paper – to provide a descriptive account of contemporary educational accountability policies and practices evident in a sample of developed countries around the world (examining the consequences of various accountability tools is beyond the scope of this paper).” More [+]

Suggestions for Right to Education Bill 2008

Over the last few days, a series of discussions among stakeholders have generated a large number of suggestions for change in the Right to Education Bill 2008. However in light of the fact that very little time is left before the beginning of the new Session of the Parliament, the Centre for Civil Society proposes only 6 short changes in the current Bill. More [+]

Primary Schools in Delhi
Total: 2,800
Recognised: 800
Hindustan Times, 10 February 2009



























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