Weekly Update on Education

20 May 2009

Child welfare not an issue for 80 percent candidates: NGO, 13 May 2009

A survey conducted by child rights organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan Wednesday said around 80 percent candidates contesting elections this Lok Sabha polls do not have child welfare or Right to Education on their priority list. Bachpan Bachao Andolan carried out the survey after scanning the campaign speeches of 476 candidates. More [+]

Mizoram govt. sets up education reforms commission May 19, 2009

Mizoram government on Thursday constituted an eleven-member Education Reforms Commission headed by former Director of NCERT Prof A K Sharma to recommend improvement of quality of education in the state. The Commission would examine the current status of pre-primary to higher education level and recommend improvement of quality of education and competitiveness. More [+]

To tune into needs of special children, teachers enroll for three-month course
Express News Service, May 18, 2009

As many as 40 teachers are undergoing training at the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children. The reason: developing teaching skills needed to cater to the requirements of children with special needs. These teachers, primarily from government schools, are enrolled in a three-month foundation course. Recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India, the main objective of the course is to educate teachers on the various aspects of disability. More [+]

No playgrounds in most primary schools
The Times of India, 19 May 2009

Over 60% of primary schools in Goa do not have playgrounds. Not only is this finding by the New Delhi-based National University of Educational ....The NUEPA nation-wide survey in 2006-07 found that only 31.26% of the 1,004 government, aided and private primary schools in rural Goa had playgrounds. Urban Goa fared a tad better with 39.55% primary schools having playgrounds. Unfortunately, both figures were sharply below the national average of 51% in rural areas and 63% in urban settings. More [+]

Children of Shepherds have a special school in Jharkhand
ANI Mon, 18 May 2009

A man in Jharkhand's Dumka district is running a small school for the children of shepherd community from a small shelter to enable them become literate. By running a free school for five years, Balmukund Yadav, who is in his thirties, has instilled hope among villagers that their children can be literate. More [+]

Keep pushing school choice May 18, 2009

Last week, the S.C. Senate Education Committee effectively killed legislation that could have given some poor children stuck in long-struggling public schools a private-school alternative. The bill's opponents may have again prevailed in the political arena, but they have only slowed the momentum for school choice in South Carolina. Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, had long opposed including private schools in educational-choice programs. But citing the needs of low-income children in low-performing schools, he introduced that bill to deliver expanded choice through tax credits, for parents paying tuition and businesses providing scholarships. Foes of his bill argue that private schools lack accountability because they aren't bound by regulations governing public schools. They overlook the ultimate accountability that parents exert on private schools. More [+]

Voucher Study's Approach and Outcomes Questioned
School Choice Demonstration Project; Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas
May 18, 2009

Review concludes that positive test-score effects of voucher competition on Milwaukee public schools are very small at best A recent report contends that competition from Milwaukee's private school voucher program for low-income families has benefited Milwaukee public schools. A new review of that report raises a number of questions about its statistical methods and concludes that any positive effect of competition is very small, if it exists at all. More [+]

Now, govt. plans guidelines for schools to care for sick students, May 19, 2009

The Delhi government is mulling over the possibility of evolving a set of guidelines directing schools to care for children with a history of illness. The development comes a month after Akkriti Bhatia, 17, died after suffering an asthma attack while attending class at Modern School, Vasant Vihar on April 20. More [+]

India's first education-focused PE fund has back-to-basics tack, May 19 2009

Kaizen says it will play in the highly regulated schools business; share profits with teachers to maximize results In a growing aspirant economy such as India, education enjoys pride of place among heads of expenditure in most middle income homes. It is this spending that Kaizen-India's first private equity (PE) fund being raised to focus on investing in education businesses-aims to tap into. The Kaizen Education Fund I, being put together by Reema Shetty, Akhil Shahani, Sandeep Aneja and Jetu Lalvani, who together have at least 65 years of experience in education and private equity, hopes to raise $100-150 million (Rs482-723 crore). More [+]


The performance of decentralized school systems : evidence from Fe y Alegrķa in Venezuela

This program evaluation estimates the effects on standardized test scores of graduating from the Fe y Alegrķa private school system in Venezuela. The authors find an Average Treatment Effect on the order of 0.1 standard deviations (approximately 16 percent of the average score), using a control group of public school students. These effects are significantly larger for households at the bottom of the distribution, and smaller for those at the top. The authors posit that the better performance of the Fe y Alegrķa system stems from their labor contract flexibility and decentralized administrative structure.

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ASER 2008 Findings:

Nearly 1/5th of the schools in the country are under private management.

The enrolment of children of the age group 6-14 has increased to 22.5% (2008) from 16.4% in 2005.

An average of 28% of the rural population of India has access to fee charging private schools

ASER Report 2008

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