Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 236)

18 June 2013

Goa slides 6 places in education development index
Times of India, 17 Jun 2013

PANAJI: Goa’s education sector put up a poor show in the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry’s education development index (EDI), where the state saw a drastic fall from last year’s 13th position to a heartbreaking 21st spot.

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Crackdown on schools sans playground soon
Times of India, 15 Jun 2013

Though the Right to Education Act that came into force in 2009 makes it mandatory for each school to have a playground within half-a-km radius, nearly 50% schools in Visakhapatnam city limits run the risk of losing their recognition as the education department authorities are gearing up to crack the whip on schools flouting this rule.

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Wealthy parents grab seats meant for RTE students
Times of India, 17 Jun 2013

Name: Farhan Pasha. Father’s name: Tajamulla Pasha. Annual income: Rs 30,000. These are entries from an admission form submitted under  RTE at a private school in Bangalore. Flipping through some of these documents, one is led to the income certificate of Tajamulla Pasha.

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CCE is aimed at changing teaching: CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi
Times of India, 13 Jun 2013

Be it  Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), or the newly introduced Open Text Based Assessment, the Central government’s aim is to improve the education system, says  CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi. During his visit to the city, he spoke with Isha Jain on the reforms taken by CBSE, and the challenges with CCE.

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Major gains for SCs, STs in education sector: Govt
Times of India, 12 Jun 2013

The government on Wednesday said there has been major gains in the education sector for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and people with disabilities since the implementation of Right to Education Act.

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Mindset should change at school level
Education News, 11 Jun 2013

Arts is a stream which has been sidelined by everyone in Nagpur. Just drive around the city and you will see hoardings of coaching classes exhorting students to join their classes for success in the medical or engineering field. Students, too, are focused on that because they have not been given the right exposure at an early age.

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Centre woos UP with top class education facilities
Education News, 13 Jun 2013

The state capital will have the country’s first student support centre equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to assist in professional education. Besides, UP will soon have a world class teacher training institute to upgrade the teaching to higher level.

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It's Time to Reflect (Part 1)

As we rapidly approach summer break, I find myself reflecting on the past school year more and more each day. This is definitely not a new practice for me; during my twelve years in the classroom I always found the end of the year a valuable time for "big picture" reflection. "Big picture" reflection is slightly different than the types of reflection we should be doing throughout the school year. Those daily reflections tend to zero in on what went right and what went wrong on that particular day, whereas an end-of-the-year reflection tends to focus on the goals we had set for ourselves at the start of the year -- did we meet them? Why or why not? Did these goals change as the year progressed? How come? Do we have new goals for next year? Click here to read more.

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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)
A comprehensive analysis on reservation in private schools under the Right to Education Act, providing a seven-step model for 25% implementation.

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