Weekly Update on Education

23 November 2010

44 mn students to enter higher education in next 10 years
Prashant K. Nanda, Mint, November 20, 2010

India’s higher education enrolment will move up to 44 million from the current 14 million in a decade, the Central government said on Friday, underlining that private players, distance education and foreign education providers will play key roles in ensuring this growth. Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit that the Central government looks to add 30 million more students at this level by 2020. “Industry does not create (human) wealth, it translates ideas into wealth. Higher education will create this human wealth.”He said, when “we speak of adding 30 million more to the higher education, it means 1,000 more universities. Government cannot do everything. We need the private sector, foreign education providers, expansion of distance learning and enlarging the online format of learning”.

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Experts raise concerns over new curriculum in CBSE schools
Indian Express, November 20, 2010

The new system of CCE is a new grading system, introduced by CBSE in 2009, in which students are assessed periodically and regularly. Orienting the students, changing parents’ predisposition, adapting books to the change and training teachers under the new system were some of the challenges that were raised by heads of various educational institutions in the capital.“Previously, the board exams for the 10th standard used to prepare students for what to expect during their 12th board exams. This was used as a bench mark, now that the exams have been done away with, a lot of students and parents are apprehensive,” said noted career counselor Pervin Malhotra

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Charter schools have given New Orleans a fresh start in education
Holly Hacker, The Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2010

When Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago, it displaced families and destroyed schools. And the storm unwittingly provided a chance to reinvent public education in a failing school district. Between classes at Sophie B. Wright Charter School, principal Sharon Clark talks to students about a dance. The Uptown New Orleans school became a charter before Hurricane Katrina and has made measurable progress.So was launched the nation’s biggest charter school experiment.Today, 70 percent of New Orleans public school students attend a charter school. No other city comes close. (Dallas’ rate is 10 percent and growing.) So educators, lawmakers and researchers are watching for results.

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Gove promises teachers the right to inspire pupils
Richard Garner, The Independent, November 21, 2010

Plans to sweep away a “culture of compliance” in schools and replace it with more freedom for teachers to teach what they want will be unveiled by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, this week. He is promoting the changes to encourage more inspirational teaching.The White Paper outlining the Government’s vision for the future of state schools will be unveiled on Wednesday. One of its main components will be a review of how the national curriculum operates.

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Teaching for America
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, November 20, 2010

One-quarter of U.S. high school students drop out or fail to graduate on time. Almost one million students leave our schools for the streets each year. … One of the more unusual and sobering press conferences I participated in last year was the release of a report by a group of top retired generals and admirals. Here was the stunning conclusion of their report: 75 percent of young Americans, between the ages of 17 to 24, are unable to enlist in the military today because they have failed to graduate from high school, have a criminal record, or are physically unfit.” America’s youth are now tied for ninth in the world in college attainment.

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India needs to develop skills to deliver on demographic dividend
Divya Guha, Mint, November 16, 2010

India has the lowest education indicators among the Group of 20 countries and the world’s largest number of illiterates. At the same time, about 12 million people need to join the workforce every year. Moreover, 500 million skilled people will be needed in the country by 2022. How India could improve education and skills development to deliver on this demographic dividend was debated at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit on Tuesday.Most policymakers, while being aware of India’s skills, don’t entirely agree over which system or model of education suits a country that is as diverse and poorly connected as India.

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Now, HRD wants to keep tabs on grads
The Times of India, November 19, 2010

A country getting younger has decided to map its youth population. From who’s in college and who’s been left out and why, to which student earned a scholarship, to which candidate graduated from where, a kind of pan-India census would plot the lives and performance of all those attached to the higher education sector.The human resource development ministry, which has projected a gross enrolment ratio (GER) in the country’s universities to 30% by 2020, is drawing up modalities of conducting the all-India survey in higher education institutes and research labs of the country .

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India: The fight for disabled children’s right to education
Andrew Chambers, The Guardian, November 22, 2010

The World Bank estimates that about 20% of the world’s poorest people are disabled. Poverty causes disability through inadequate access to medical treatment and vaccinations, and exposure to unsanitary and unsafe living and working conditions. Children with disabilities in India rarely progress beyond primary education, with school enrolment less than 10% in many areas. This then reinforces social alienation and leads to very limited employment opportunities, causing more poverty.

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Research Paper

Does performance related pay for teachers improve student performance? Some evidence from India

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon and Francis Teala

ABSTRACT: In this paper data from a school survey in India is used to ask whether there is evidence for the payment of performance related pay and whether such pay structures do impact on student achievement. It is shown that—after controlling for student ability, parental background and the resources available—private schools get significantly better academic results by relating pay to achievement; government schools do not. We discuss possible interpretations of this result.

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Global Education Statistics

Distribution of aid to basic education by levels



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