Weekly Update on Education

1 March 2011

Private schools are money spinning ventures: Supreme Court
Sify, 24 February 2011

The Supreme Court Thursday said private schools were money- spinning enterprises and asked them to wake up to their corporate-social responsibility by educating poor children. The apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said this on a petition by the Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan.

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Himachal students to get hardship allowance for walking to school
Indian Express, 23 February 2011

353 primary schools with low attendance to be shut, others will be merged with schools that have more strength. Students of nearly 353 primary schools in Himachal with an attendance of less than 10 students for the last couple of years will get a special hardship allowance of Rs 600 per annum as compensation from the government for walking to the next nearest school. These low attendance primary schools distributed evenly across all districts will be closed down from the next academic session beginning in April 2011.

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Keeping them in or pushing them out?
Mint, February 22, 2011

Children of assorted ages are jumping around in excitement at their fast-growing hamlet of thatched houses around a brick kiln outside the far-flung Mumbai suburb of Vasai. Till last year, an extra hut was made to house a school these children attended for the six months while their parents worked at the brick kilns.

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Budget 2011: Education on a high on allocation boost
Money Control, February 28, 2011

India plans to raise its expenditure in the education sector by about a quarter to Rs 520.6 billion (USD 11.50 billion) in the next financial year, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday in his budget speech, reinforcing the country’s push to create a skilled workforce to keep up with fast-paced growth.

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Youths can give India an image makeover, says Kapil Sibal
DNA, February 26, 2011

Asserting that the country needed an image make-over, HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that youths should strive to change the perception of India being “a nation of holidays to one of people who enjoy work”.

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HRD Ministry constitutes committe for National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework
NetIndian, February 26, 2011

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has constituted a Group of State Ministers for recommending a National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF) and preparing a roadmap for its implementation.

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Teacher layoff policies a lesson in union survival
Washington Post, February 21, 2011

It looks increasingly likely that organized labor will manage to cheat death in Wisconsin. But where does that leave unions? Merely near death, that’s where. Only 7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized, down from about 25 percent in the 1970s. Public-sector unions are doing better, but a movement restricted to public employees is one that has lost its soul. I’m not going to join the chorus of pundits dismissing the need for public-sector unions – there is no reason a group of janitors at city hall should not be able to join together and demand better wages and working conditions – but they’re clearly less necessary than private-sector unions.

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State seeks to regulate pre-primary education
Hindustan Times, February 27, 2011

If all goes according to plan, the state government will soon be able to put an end to the “unaccountable practices” of school managements for admission to pre-primary classes. This means that there will be checks on collection of capitation fee, which is described as voluntary donations by parents, and screening of children.

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Research Paper
Acquisition of computing literacy on shared public computers: Children and the “hole in the wall”

ABSTRACT: Earlier work, often referred to as the “hole in the wall” experiments, has shown that groups of children can learn to use public computers on their own. This paper presents the method and results of an experiment conducted to investigate whether such unsupervised group learning in shared public spaces is universal. The experiment was conducted with “hole
in the wall” (minimally invasive education, or MIE) computers in 17 locations in rural India. Focus groups in each location were tested for computer literacy for 9 months.

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ENABLE – ARK & CCS’s School Access and Voucher Programme

ARK’s work in Delhi has identified many communities where children are facing multiple social and economic challenges which put them at great risk of being excluded, dropping out or never attending school. To address this need ARK has partnered with Centre for Civil Society (CCS)
to implement ENABLE (Ensure Access to Better Learning Experiences), a school access and
voucher programme for underprivileged children in Shahdara.Read more


Interview with Baela Raza Jamil

Baela Raza Jamil, Coordinator of South Asian Forum for Education Development , talks about the role of communities in ensuring quality education and the experience of Pakistan with public private partnerships and vouchers.

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RTE Coalition

To initiate and continue the discussion amongst concerned groups and individuals on the issue of right of education and monitor the implementation of the RTE Act, an RTE Coalition has been formed. Join the coalition to make universal elementary education a reality in India. Log on to for more information.


Student First! Magazine

The second issue of Student First! Magazine is out. The theme for this issue is Public Private Partnerships in Education.

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India

Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah

A study of the role that skill vouchers can play in catalysing demand for quality skill development services. This study examines global experiences with skill vouchers and draws lessons for India from these experiences.

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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation

Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah

Through this document the Centre for Civil Society seeks to highlight the lacunae in the current framework for 25% reservation for weaker and disadvantaged groups in unaided private schools and seeks to provide inputs on effective implementation of the same.

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400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
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101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid To Ask

A Children's Book for Adults to Learn from is an easy guide to knowing your police. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) believes that only when we know that we can speak up with confidence, and it is only when we speak out against wrong, that things will change. The book is brought out in this hope - that people knowing all about their police and their own rights - will use this knowledge to demand the better police service that we all deserve. This has been published in various languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Telegu, Gujarati and Marathi in India. To know more about these books or for a copy email


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