Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 239)

09 July 2013
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Direct cash transfers: What money can buy?
Forbes India, 03 Jul 2013

“Lottery si lag gayi [it's as if I have won a lottery],” says Nagina, a beneficiary of the Delhi government’s Annashree scheme, which gives poor families without access to ration shops Rs 600 a month, no questions asked. This is the difference between the subsidised price of food sold through ration shops and the market price.

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Leave unfilled RTE seats vacant, Maharashtra tells schools
Times of India, 04 Jul 2013

The school education department has directed all schools to fill the 25% seats reserved under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act with students from economically backward sections of society or keep them vacant. The directive was issued on June 22 and is effective from the current academic year.

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Scholarships for differently-abled students from NHFDC
The Hindu, 03 Jul 2013

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has announced that differently-abled students can apply for scholarships under the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) for the academic year 2013-14.

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Starting self-financed schools in Maharashtra made easier
Hindustan Times, 08 Jul 2013

To make it easier for new schools to begin operations from this academic year itself, governor K Sankaranarayanan approved major changes in the rules for setting up self-financed schools on Wednesday.

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Michael Gove brings back 12 times tables in new curriculum
The Independent, 08 Jul 2013

Children will be taught fractions from the age of five and will once again have to learn the 12 times tables under a controversial new national curriculum to be announced today by the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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School fee: HC panel bill nears Rs 1cr
The Times of India, 05 Jul 2013

The high court committee formed to look into complaints of fee hike by private unaided schools in December 2011 has already cost around Rs 1 crore but the excess fee refunded to parents under its orders comes to just Rs 5.8 lakh. Though the committee had ordered more than 100 schools to refund extra fees, only one school has actually paid parents.

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Implementation of Right to Education Act vital
The Hindu, 04 Jul 2013

“The Government should make sure that grants are disbursed on time and deserving students should not have to wait,”said S. Balakrishnan, Director, Vergal Education Trust, Madurai.

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Private education for the poor?
IDEAS, Jul 2013

Private schools are usually associated with better quality but the cost is usually beyond the reach of the common citizen. However, this study shows that it is possible to introduce key elements of the private system – accountability, parental choice and competition – at a much lower cost or even for free to the students.

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Accelerating School Quality Through School Peer Reviews
Case Study of Lebone II - College of the Royal Bafokeng By Suzanne Anthony and Murray Thomas, Oct 2012

To Meet the global imperative to ensure that all children have access to a meaningful education, we must improve the quality of new and existing schools. External Consultants and top–‐down assistance have had limited success in raising the learning outcomes of students.

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Geeta Gandhi Kingdon at SCNC 2012

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
In this interview Geeta Kingdon, Professor from London University, talks about the main differences between government and private schools towards quality education. The discussion then moves to the corelation between teacher qualifications and learning outcomes, and the teacher qualification norm in the RTE Act. This interview was conducted during the Second Annual School Choice National Conference organised by Centre for Civil Society on 04 December 2012 at India Habitat Centre. Click here to view the video.

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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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