Weekly Update on Education

21June 2011

Right to education to remain curtailed after July 5 too
DNA, Jun 15, 2011

Right to education (RTE) in Karnataka is likely to remain circumscribed even after July 5, the day fixed by the state government to implement the RTE Act. The implementation is certain to run into a plethora of problems as the state is waiting for a response from the Centre on sharing the financial burden of enforcing the law.

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Weakest primary schools to get new management under Gove plan
The Guardian, June 15, 2011

The 200 weakest primary schools in England will be placed under new management by the beginning of the next school year, the education secretary Michael Gove will say on Thursday.

It is the most direct interference in primary schools by a government that has, so far, been mainly focused on intervention on secondary schools.

Gove will announce the weakest 200 primary schools will become academies in 2012. He is to target those schools that have, for five years, fallen below the government’s “minimum floor standard” (less than 60% of the children reaching a basic level in English and Maths at 11, and where children make below-average progress between seven and 11).

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90% surge but big demand-supply gap
Times of India, June 19, 2011

India’s higher education setup is fast turning into a tragedy wrapped in a farce. Nothing exemplifies this better than the desperate, nail-biting race to get admitted to Delhi University, one of the jewels in its crown. Even as available seats are stagnating, the number of applicants with sky-high marks is jumping up every year.

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IITs may be losing their relevance
Times of India, June 16, 2011

The IITs have completed 50 years and have helped build India. They were set up for producing high quality technical human capital for India and have met their objectives. But, as is the character with such institutions, they have not changed with the times and are not providing India with what she now needs.

They have remained largely teaching institutions, as they were set up, not transforming into research based, innovation driven agents of change for the India that is now emerging.

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Seats go vacant but tech schools boom
The Telegraph, June 20, 2011

The growth rate of engineering colleges in India appears undeterred by the huge seat vacancies witnessed last year.

One hundred new tech institutes recently received approval from technical education regulator AICTE. By the end of this month, another 200 are expected to be cleared to offer courses from the 2011-12 academic session.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had received applications for 1,062 proposed institutions that sought to start courses in engineering, management, pharmacy and architecture from this year.

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RTE escape route: 2 public schools show zero admission in nursery
Times of India, June 20, 2011

In what appears to be a desperate attempt to escape liabilities following the implementation of Right to Education (RTE), two public schools of the city have shown zero admission in nursery classes.

This came to light during scrutiny of annual reports of admissions submitted by schools by the office of district education officer here. Surprised over the act, the DEO has put records of all schools under scanner.

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Teachers must think internet-first
The Guardian, June 20, 2011

Last week, the CBI pressed the government to apply the same rigour to tackling long-term unemployment as it has shown to reducing the deficit. The scale of the challenge certainly warrants such a focus. In the UK, 2.46 million people are unemployed; 5 million people of working age are on benefits and 2 million children live in households where nobody works. These statistics carry a huge economic and social cost: for society and government, for families and for the individual.

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The free schools set to open in 2011
BBC, June 20, 2011

Eight free schools have cleared their final hurdles to open this September under the government's flagship policy of allowing parents, teachers and other groups to propose their own schools.

Other free schools are in the pipeline and could also be cleared to open this September.

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Research: Evaluating public per-student subsidies to low-cost private schools : regression-discontinuity evidence from Pakistan

By: Felipe Barrera-Osorio and Dhushyanth Raju

This study estimates the causal effects of a public per-student subsidy program targeted at low-cost private schools in Pakistan on student enrollment and schooling inputs. Program entry is ultimately conditional on achieving a minimum stipulated student pass rate (cutoff) in a standardized academic test. This mechanism for treatment assignment allows the application of regression-discontinuity (RD) methods to estimate program impacts at the cutoff. Data on two rounds of entry test takers (phase 3 and phase 4) are used. Modeling the entry process of phase-4 test takers as a sharp RD design, the authors find evidence of large positive impacts on the number of students, teachers, classrooms, and blackboards. Modeling the entry process of phase-3 test takers as a partially-fuzzy RD design given treatment crossovers, they do not find evidence of significant program impacts on outcomes of interest. The latter finding is likely due to weak identification arising from a small jump in the probability of treatment at the cutoff.

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The Joseph P Overton Fellowship for
Education Policy

Centre for Civil Society and School Choice Campaign launch a year-long program that provides a dynamic platform to track developments within the education sector in India. Working independently at the state-level, Overton Fellows will focus their research and analyses on the implementation of the Right to Education Act in each of the 29 states across the country. The Fellowship program is aimed at motivated young individuals with an interest in policy and advocacy. The Fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership skills and expressed motivation to work in the policy sphere.

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RTE BLOG: What is the future of private aided schools in Rajasthan?

The new rural education services rule in the state of Rajasthan has left private aided schools in a difficult situation and future of thousands of the students at stake. The Rajasthan Voluntary Rural Education Service Rules (RVRESR), 2010 offers teachers in private aided schools, the option of joining state-run educational institutions in rural areas and avail of most of the government teachers’ incentives.

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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.

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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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School Vouchers for Girls

400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
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