Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 215)

27 Nov 2012

Welcome to the world’s biggest school
Time News Feed, October 15th, 2012

Lucknow, the capital city of India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, is now home to the world’s biggest school, according to the new edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. The last academic year, 2,500 teachers taught a mind-boggling 39,437 students in 1,000 classrooms at Lucknow’s City Montessori School. According to the school’s website, it now boasts over 44,000 pupils.

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New initiative to promote child rights
The Hindu, November 21, 2012

A new network of child rights advocates and motivators was launched here on Tuesday with the resolve to evolve fresh standards for education to check its commercialisation and promote the right to education to empower children. Education must be treated as the most significant right of children which can transform their lives, said experts at the inaugural ceremony.

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Implementation of RTE Act

Ministry of Human Resource development Parliamentary Question Starred Question no. 365 answered on 2nd May, 2012; 365 . Shri NEERAJ SHEKHAR, ASADUDDIN OWAISI

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Delegate power to the senior-most teacher in absence: DGSE to school heads
Hindustan Times, November 26th, 2012

The director general school education (DGSE), Punjab, Kahan Singh Pannu has sent instructions to the heads of government schools that in their absence the charge of the institution should be handed over to the senior-most teacher. Talking to Hindustan Times, Pannu said, “It has come to my notice that many school heads when on leave give charge of the institution to their favourite ones which is not right and against the rules and regulations. So we have instructed the school heads that in their absence the charge of the school should be given to the senior-most teacher of the institution. The senior-most teacher has the experience and capability to handle the responsibilities of the school in the absence of the school head.”

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All schools must teach Telugu
Deccan Chronicle, November 27th, 2012

The state government has, in principle, decided to introduce Telugu as a subject up to Intermediate in all schools and junior colleges irrespective of their medium of instruction. A decision in this regard was taken during a high-level meeting between Official Language Commission chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad and school education minister Dr S. Sailajanath along with officials of the education department.

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Learning goes Hi-tech in CBSE
Times of India, November 27th, 2012

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is furthering is progressive steps to bring technology closer to its day-to-day operations. The central board is seeking software developers to prepare a comprehensive online and offline Learning Management System (LMS). The software will help teachers implement the path-breaking assessment system of Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) with ease.

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16,000 schools object to RTE enrolment form
Times of India, November 26th, 2012

The Right to Education continues to be mired in confusion. If certain clauses had become the bone of contention earlier, the mandatory-but-’knotty’ online registration form is now raising the hackles of schools. The result: about 16,000 private schools have objected to “confusing” registration process.

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Nursery Admissions
Times of India, November 26th, 2012

The nursery admission season is going to begin soon in the Capital, with the guidelines for the preschool admissions for the next academic session to be announced by the second week of December. The admission process will begin from January 1 and application forms will be available in the last week of December.

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CBSE issues show cause notice to 31 schools due to non- fulfilment of land norms
Times of India, November 23rd, 2012

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued show cause notice to 31 schools this year on complaints related to non-fulfilment of land norms, lack of infrastructure, non-payment of salary, charging of capitation fee and donation and other issues.

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Learning levels and gaps in Pakistan
World bank policy Research paper no. 4067, November 1, 2006

The authors report on a survey of primary public and private schools in rural Pakistan with a focus on student achievement as measured through test scores. Absolute learning is low compared with curricular standards and international norms. Tested at the end of the third grade, a bare majority had mastered the K-I mathematics curriculum and 31 percent could correctly form a sentence with the word “school” in the vernacular (Urdu).

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Delivering Education: From Policy to Practice

04 December 2012
The Theatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

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Our 1% problem: independent school and the Income gap
The subject of independent schools and inequality is rife with contradictions. In some ways, independent schools work to ameliorate inequities. In other ways, they reinforce and exacerbate them. Those in independent schools who work on social justice, equity, and diversity issues deal with these contradictions every day. Most believe, most of the time, that the good done by independent schools outweighs the bad, but sometimes it is not clear this is the case. Click here to read more

RTE State Rules Matrix
Comparison of State RTE Rules.Click here to read more


Should pre-schooling be included within the RTE Act, 2009?

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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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