Weekly Update on Education

19 March 2009

Teachers put on poll duty despite SC order
The Times of India, 19 Mar 2009

“Teachers in the state have been deputed for poll duty despite a 2007 Supreme Court (SC) order stating that government school teachers cannot be asked to skip classes and undertake non-academic activities like election duty and census work ” More [+]

Bridging opportunities
The Times of India 16 Mar 2009

“A group of young people is trying to provide better educational opportunities to children through development of 'sustainable friendships.' The idea is to create a bond between children in Delhi's affluent schools and those in budget or government schools. ”More [+]

Teachers' training goes hi-tech in state
DNA Mumbai, Wednesday, March 18

“To upgrade the technological skills of teachers and make them adept with computers, the state government and educational institutes have launched an online Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) programme…. The two-year course will train teachers to impart education using electronic media like the Internet and teach in virtual or r egular classrooms. Educators will also learn to develop online content for pupils.”More [+]

Focus on quantity at the cost of quality
The LiveMint, Mar 9 2009

“Education policy during the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has been dominated by some big initiatives in higher education. Among these have been plans for new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and several central universities. The attention the UPA has devoted to primary education has been relatively obscured… ” More [+]

Crackdown curbs catchment-area cheats in scramble for best schools 18 March 2009

“THE number of pupils who are admitted to schools outside their catchment area has fallen after Scottish councils clamped down on abuse of the system….Government statistics published yesterday showed that the proportion of successfu l requests was down from 85 per cent in 2006-7 to 82.3 per cent this year. ” More [+]

Education Philanthropy Catching a Chill As Economy Cools Charitable Giving March 16, 2009

“IThe recession tearing into the U.S. economy is not only straining the public coffers that support K-12 schooling, it's also taking a toll on education philanthropy.From family foundations to corporate philanthropies, charitable giving to K-12 education appears to be facing a downturn. Although no national figures are available, many philanthropies-including notable education contributors such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation-expect to decrease their giving levels this year. ” More [+]

Kids education: Parents to pay through nose
The Times of India 18 Mar 2009

“The decision of some private schools in the city to implement fee hike has given jitters to parents. The schools have hiked fee from 23% to 35%. In the absence of any regulatory body, it is most likely for the parents to shell out more money for their children's education from coming academic session. " More [+]

GJM to make new educational policy in West Bengal hills
Thaindian News March 17th, 2009

“The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is leading a movement for a separate state in north West Bengal, Tuesday said it is conducting a survey in all schools in the hills to frame an education policy for the 'future' state.” More [+]

Madrasas to be paired with govt schools for better education Mar 16, 2009

“The Delhi government is looking to pair madrasas with government schools to impart multigrade education to children who attend these seminaries. About 70 madrasas have expressed interest in being part of the first phase of the programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as per government officials. ” More [+]


What ails female literacy in India?

Policy makers in developing countries, especially in Asia have adopted the strategy of employing increasing number of women teachers in schools as a way of increasing enrollment of girl child.

Nearly 18 years since the first charter school opened, individual state data indicates that charter schools are outpacing their conventional public school peers with fewer resources and tremendous obstacles. The data also proves charter schools are being held accountable for these results. March 22, 2009

Uttarakhand: Percentage Schedule Caste enrolment:

% SC population in the state : 17.94%

% SC Enrolment in Primary Schools 2007-08: 27.06%

Elementary Education in India: Progress towards Universal Elementary Education, DISE, Flash Statistics: 2007-08



















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