Weekly Update on Education

09 February 2010

Are private schools better?
Business Standard, 03 Feb 2010

If private schools are indeed better, as ASER says, and cost a lot less than government ones, involving them in programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Right to Education Act may be a good idea Vinod Raina (Member, Central Advisory Board of Education) and Parth J Shah (President, Centre for Civil Society) give their opinion.

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Don’t jump the queue
Sukanta Chaudhri, The Hindustan Times, 07 Feb 2010

Almost every week, we hear of a new showpiece scheme for higher education, protected from janata outfits and wooing scholars stationed abroad; while the silence about basic education for the poor grows more and more deafening. Clearly, the paramount aim of the HRD ministry is not quality education for all Indians, still less their empowerment through that means. More [+]

Learning About Learning
Sudipto Mundle, Times of India, 4 Feb 2010

The best way forward is perhaps to reform and strengthen the existing dual system of private and government education. The learning advantages of private schools can be internalised in government schools through incentives like two-part salaries, where one part is linked to students' performance. Parallel access to private schools could be extended to economically disadvantaged children through school vouchers provided by the government. More [+]

Admission impossible for first-timers
Chinki Sinha, Indian Express, 02 Feb 2010

The point system has not improved matters where nursery admissions are concerned. Many children have not been admitted due to criteria like extra points for siblings, qualification of parents, preferential treatment for alumni, etc. Experts opine on the reason for the failure of the point system. More [+]

Delhi HC reluctant to interfere in nursery admission
Press Trust of India, 03 Feb 2010

The Delhi High Court has expressed its reluctance to interfere in the nursery admission process in the city and suggested the aggrieved parents to approach the Directorate of Education. Justice G S Sistani that the parents should approach the grievances cell of the Education Department. More [+]

A project to undermine autonomy
Thomas Joseph, The Hindu, 6 Feb 2010

The NCHER Bill does not allot appropriate levels of autonomy to State governments and universities. Concentration of powers in the commission will undermine academic autonomy and federalism in governance. More [+]

Call for transparency in move against deemed varsities
The Hindu, 6 Feb 2010

Calling for transparency in the government’s move against deemed universities, the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) said erring universities would be willing to accept the government’s decisions only if they are shown the rationale behind them. More [+]

School Choice: The three essential elements and several policy options
Caroline M. Hoxby, Education Forum, New Zealand

INTRODUCTION: The entire logic of school choice is based on economics, and the answer to every question on school choice draws on some part of economics – whether it be human capital theory, public finance, fiscal federalism, mechanism design or general equilibrium analysis.Yet, it is a struggle to keep economics in the discussion of school choice. More [+]

Public Expenditure Tracking For Social Sector Programs in India: Case Study of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Nalanda, Bihar
Accountability India

Introduction: Expenditure in social sectors has undergone significant changes in the last decade. The basic objective of this paper is to study how the money is spent by Centrally Sponsored Schemes by conducting a case study of Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan in Nalanda, Bihar. More [+]

Photo of the Month

Hundreds of aggrieved parents in the Capital sitting on a dharna at Jantar Mantar to protest against private schools and the manner in which they are conducting the nursery admissions.


2009 Templeton Freedom Awards

Centre for Civil Society’s “Performing Arts for School Choice” bags 2009 Templeton Freedom Award for Initiative in Public Relations.
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Action for School Admission Reforms (ASAR) More+

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