Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 221)

15 Jan 2013

Unique code for schoolchildren
The Hindu, January 10th, 2013

In a first for any State, Karnataka’s Education Department has created a unique code for every child in the schooling system and a centralised database that will allow for tracking his or her educational record till completion of standard 10.

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No extension of admission time for RTE kids
Times of India, January 14th, 2013

The education department has said that there'll be no extension of time for the 25% quota students if they fail to join before commencement of the academic year. However, clause 10 of the Right to Education (RTE) Act says there shall be an extended period of three months from the date of commencement of the academic year, and that no child shall be denied admission if sought after the extended period.

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Mysore gets RTE ball rolling
Times of India, January 10th, 2013

Education authorities in Mysore city have reserved more than 2,500 seats in lower kindergarten and class one this academic year as prescribed by the Right to Education Act.The process of admission began in Mysore from Monday and authorities are issuing applications at the offices of the block education officers (BEO). The process has begun early to ensure that all aided and unaided schools, barring unaided minority institutions, reserve 25% seats for SC/ST and minorities under the Act.

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Registration under RTE must for schools
DNA India, January 10th, 2013

If a school has not registered under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, it does not mean that it is exempted from RTE. The state department of public instruction has clearly said that all schools must register under RTE and every institution—except minority institutions—should reserve 25% seats under RTE.

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Smart card pilot project nearing completion
The Hindu, January 13th, 2013

A pilot project of the Department of School Education which envisages providing smart cards to students and teachers of all schools, regardless of whether they belong to the government, private, Corporation, aided or Municipality, is nearing completion at the Sulthanpet Union here.A database containing information on all the students, teachers and schools is being created across the State.

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Waste pickers Union reads RTE Act, enrols 42 in English schools
Times of India, January 12th, 2013

Every morning, four-year-old Fatima Makandar dons a neatly ironed yellow and blue uniform, ties her hair with a red ribbon, wears polished black shoes with clean white socks and steps out of her cramped tenement in Upper Indira Nagar in Bibwewadi for View Valley School in Kondhwa.

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CBSE starts regional call centre services
Hindustan Times, January 10th, 2013

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has set up a call centre for handling routine enquiries and grievances pertaining to various activities and functions of the board. Students presently studying in various CBSE affiliated schools, candidates appearing in private examination, pass out students of CBSE Board, parents, school management, new school seeking CBSE affiliation, awardees of CBSE scholarship schemes, aspirants and applicants or NEET, JEE, CTET, JNVST and general public can approach the CBSE call centre for obtaining information of the procedures/rules and regulations of various activities of the Board.

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Students to do a study on RTE Act execution
Hindustan Times, January 7th, 2013

Delhi University students will soon come up with a study on the implementation of the Right to Education Act in six districts of Delhi. Working as volunteers with the Joint Operation for Social Help (JOSH), an NGO that has done extensive work in the field of RTE in the city, close to 50 students have conducted a survey. They interacted with 1,200 people in various parts of the city to assess the implementation of the landmark law.

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What research says about the ‘Florida Model’ of Education policy?
WLRN, January 13th, 2013

At the Shanker Blog researcher Matthew Di Carlo reviews the effectiveness of the suite of education policies often called the “Florida model.” These ideas include assigning A through F grades to schools and school districts based in part on standardized test results, retaining low-performing third graders, expanding school choice, teacher evaluations and others.

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Strategy to deliver RTE
Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 48 No. 2

Representatives of teacher unions, civilsociety activists and educationists from 24 states met in Bhubaneswar on 19-20 December 2012 under the banner of the Right to Education (RTE) Forum and All India Primary Teachers’ Federation (AIPTF) to discuss how to deliver equitable, quality education for all children.

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Pakistan passes RTE Bill- does a piece meal job copy-pasting bad legislation from its neighbours
Article 25A of the Constitution of Pakistan states,”The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.” This article was added to Chapter I titled- Fundamental Rights, as part of the 18th amendment to the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973. On Nov 12, 2012, Pakistan’s National Assembly passed the historic Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2012 paving the way to give effect to the fundamental right guaranteed under the constitution. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Yasmeen Rehman as a private member’s bill. Click here to read more

The impact of charter schools on public and private school enrolments
Charter schools are publicly funded schools that have considerable independence from public school districts in their curriculum development and staffing decisions, and their enrollments have increased substantially over the past two decades. Charter schools are changing public and private school enrollment patterns across the United States. This study analyzes district-level enrollment patterns for all states with charter schools, isolating how charter schools affect traditional public and private school enrollments after controlling for changes for the socioeconomic, demographic, and economic conditions in each district. Click here to read more

Should admission under RTE be linked with UID?

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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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