Weekly Update on Education

2 November 2010

From Bihar to a madrasa in Karnataka
Deccan Herald, October 27, 2010

The Karnataka Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR) found 23 children, who had travelled hundreds of kilometres from Bihar’s West Champaran district to the City, for education. Suspecting child trafficking, Yeshwantpur railway rural police took in the children, all boys aged between 4 and 13 years and from West Champaran district of Bihar when they landed at the Yeshwantpur Railway station in the morning. Haroon Rasheed, a cleric at the Madrasa Arabia Ameena, who along with his family accompanied the children to the City, said the children were students of the madrasa.

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To counter China, India needs innovation varsities: Yale chief
Anubhuti Vishnoi, Indian Express, October 29, 2010

Yale president Richard Levin on Thursday said that while China had worked on a “dramatic scale of advancement” in the education sector in the last decade, India has only now begun to work on that path. Speaking to The Indian Express after signing an MoU to launch the “India-Yale University Leadership Programme” with IIT Kanpur and IIM Kozhikode, Levin said India’s answer to China’s investment in high quality education was innovation.“Making the advancement that China has made…that’s expensive. China has put in a lot of money in higher education… China has singled out 10 per cent of its national universities towards disproportionate investment in order to make them globally competitive,” Levin said.

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Top schools can expand to meet demand

Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, November 1, 2010

Under plans being drawn up by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, primary and secondary schools will be freed from limits imposed by councils and be able to take on more students. Top-performing schools will be allowed to accept a greater number of students, and gain tens of thousands of pounds extra funding. Successful schools are likely to get bigger, as more pupils flood in, while poor-performing schools could see numbers decline sharply and be forced to close.Complex admissions procedures will also be simplified to make them less bureaucratic and easier to understand for parents..

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Vocation at school
Indian Express, November 1, 2010

Speaking at the 8th pan-IIT conference last week, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal dropped a hint on how to tackle this problem by highlighting the need for a comprehensive skill development programme and a Vocational Education Qualification Framework; the latter would help enable students to opt for a vocation as early as in standard VIII under the CBSE system. That would, in turn, enable school leavers to be directly employed as skilled workers by the secondary sector — mainly manufacturing, but also construction.The challenge of creating jobs is a daunting one: agriculture continues to over-employ people who need to be absorbed into either industry or services. Many jobs have indeed been created in the broad category of white collar services over the last two decades.

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HRD ministry signs MoU with UIDAI
The Economic Times, October 27, 2010

Recognising the efficacy of the ‘Aadhaar’ unique identification number in delivering education based programmes, the HRD Ministry today signed an MoU with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The proposed MoU would be helpful in tracking student’s mobility by creating an electronic registry of all students, right from primary and elementary level through secondary and higher education, as also between the institutions.“Besides, it will also be useful in bringing efficiency in the mid-day meal scheme,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.

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Teachers work harder for the children of pushy parents, study finds
Tim Ross, The Telegraph, October 29, 2010

Reading bedtime stories, helping with homework and regularly attending parents’ evenings all encourage children – and their teachers – to put in extra effort, the study by Leicester and Leeds Universities suggested. In fact, the level of parental involvement has a greater impact on a pupil’s eventual grades than the efforts of either the school or the child themselves, the researchers said.Education experts have long known that parents with “sharp elbows” are more likely to get their children places at the best schools and to play the system to their advantage..

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Bengal drafts own rules for effective Right to Education
Shiv Sahay Singh, Indian Express, October 27, 2010

To implement the Right to Education Act — providing free and compulsory education to all children between the age group of 6 to 14, the state government has framed its own set of rules. The Indian Express has accessed the copy of the 38-page draft, which the government has sent to various stakeholders. According to the draft, local bodies like panchayats and municipalities will identify children and enroll them in schools. It also talks of setting up more schools in consultation with the state School Education department.“The local authority shall maintain records of all children in its jurisdiction — from birth till a child attains the age of 14 — through household surveys.

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Charter students double in a decade
Matt Carroll, Boston Globe, November 1, 2010

The number of children in Massachusetts charter schools has more than doubled over the past decade as parents, worried about the quality of their children’s education, have increasingly sought alternatives to traditional public schools. Charter school enrollment climbed to 27,484 this year, up from 12,518 in 2000, according to data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Globe examined enrollment trends in more than 380 school districts across the state.

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Research Paper
The Long Walk to School: International Education Goals in Historical Perspective

Michael A. Clemens


Raising school enrollment, like economic development in general, takes a long time. This is partly because, as a mountain of empirical evidence now shows, economic conditions and slowly-changing parental education levels determine children’s school enrollment to a greater degree than education policy interventions. A succession of international meetings has nevertheless adopted a litany of utopian international goals for universal school enrollment and gender parity in education based on the idea that a correct education policy backed by sufficient cash could achieve the goals in short order. The latest of these, the Millennium Development Goals, call for universal primary schooling and full gender parity by 2015. This work quantifies how long it has taken countries rich and poor to make the transition towards high enrollments and gender parity.

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Picture of the Week

School children in Chennai riding on the footbaord while going to school


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Student First! Dialogue Series

Social Audit in School Education

18 November, 2010

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