Weekly Update on Education

29 March 2011

Why Race to the Top and School Choice makes teachers and kids successful
The Exponent, March 22, 2011

“Let me tell you, what’s not working for black kids and Hispanic kids and Native American kids across this country is the status quo. That’s what’s not working. What’s not working is what we’ve been doing for decades now.”

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Kapil Sibal gets support on semester from Vice-Chancellors
India Today, March 27, 2011

The Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs) of state and central universities from across the country on Saturday unanimously supported the semester system at a two-day conference in the Capital.This delighted Union human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal, who has firmly backed Delhi University V-C’s decision to implement the semester system despite vociferous protests from teachers.

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HRD ministry to launch massive higher education survey
Indiaedunews, March 24, 2011

New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided to launch a huge survey on the state of higher education in India, owing to the inadequacy of information that is available about the subject. The ministry has assigned the task of conducting the survey to the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA). The survey will be completed in one year’s time.

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A vocational edge to a knowledge economy
Times of India, March 28, 2011

THE Indian higher education sector has a mandate to increase its gross enrolment ratio (GER) to 30% by 2020 from the present 13.5%. Speaking at EDGE 2011, a three-day higher education conference held in the Capital recently, Kapil Sibal, minister for human resource development and communications and information technology, said, “Even if we achieve the target ratio we would still lag behind some of the developed countries in the US where the current gross enrolment ratio is 70%.”

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GMR boss pledges $340m for education
Times of India, March 23, 2011

GMR Group chairman Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, a first-generation entrepreneur hailing from Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday pledged $340 million (Rs 1,540 crore), which is equivalent to his personal share in the infrastructure conglomerate, to improve education among the undeserved sections of the society.

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Slip between lip & cup
Times of India, March 28. 2011

The Right to Education (RTE) Act that promises a right to free and compulsory education to Every child between 6-14 years is going to complete its first year on April 1. But, unfortunately, a number of children of this age group are still out of school in the district, though basic education authorities claim there is no child left out of school in the district.

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GOP seeks to expand school voucher program
Wisconsin State Journal, March 26, 2011

A Republican Assembly leader plans to add to the state budget bill an expansion of Milwaukee’s voucher program to other school districts, potentially giving more families in cities such as Madison access to private and religious schools. Voucher advocates say the time is ripe to expand the program to other cities, especially with Republicans in control of state government and a recent study suggesting students in the 20-year-old Milwaukee program are testing as well or better than their public school counterparts, with a lower cost per pupil.

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Putting a Price Tag on the ‘Right to Education’
Wall Street Journal , March 21, 2011

According to a new estimate put out by a government spending accountability group, getting existing Indian government schools to meet education rules that came into effect last year could cost 152 billion rupees, or about $3.4 billion dollars.

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Research Article
Public-Private Partnerships for Quality Education in India

Karthik Muralidharan

ABSTRACT: While the focus of education policy in developing countries such as India has largely centered on increasing the resource base and the number of government-run schools, the role of private fee-charging schools in the primary education sector has not been appreciated as much by academics and policy makers. However, as several recent papers point out, private fee-charging schools increasingly cater to a substantial fraction of the primary-school going population in India. In this essay, I first summarize evidence from all-India data regarding the prevalence and characteristics of private schools in India and show that they outperform government-run schools on various measures of performance.

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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


School Choice National Conference Video

Watch this video to catch the highlights of the School Choice National Conference 2010 held at India Habitat Centre.

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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.


Money for RTE

Has enough money been allocated to ensure effective implementation of RTE? Cast your vote and tell us your thoughts.

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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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