Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 241)

23 July 2013
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Child rights panel seeks list of schools violating RTE Act norms
The Times of India, 17 Jul 2013

Suspecting violation of the Right to Education Act norms, the state child rights panel has sought details from education department on the schools that have been given affiliation recently. They include both the government and private schools.

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State mulling over centralising RTE admissions
Hindustan Times, 18 Jul 2013

School education minister Rajendra Darda confirmed the development. “The discussions are at a preliminary stage, but we feel that such a move will be beneficial in many ways,” Darda told Hindustan Times. “After we centralised FYJC admissions a few years ago, the process has become smooth and hassle-free.”

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20 children die after eating mid-day meal in Bihar school
NDTV, 17 July 2013

20 young children have died in Bihar and more than 30 are in hospital, allegedly due to food-poisoning from the free mid-day meal at a government-run primary school near Chhapra in the central part of the state.

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Educating India: Choice, autonomy and learning outcomes
Oxofrd India Policy Series, 17 Jul 2013

The Indian education system does not effectively promote the prior right of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. This column argues that the degree of freedom of not just parents, but also of school principals, teachers and education providers is a key determinant of quality and equity in education.

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133 primary schools face closure threat in Odisha
The Indian Express, 08 Jul 2013

Plagued by abysmally low student strength and steady rate of dropout, 133 government-run primary schools are facing the threat of closure in Kendrapara district of Odisha. These schools thrive on paper only with exceedingly poor enrollment which has necessitated shutting down these institutions.

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Pearson, Village Capital partner to fund ‘Eduprenuers’
Digital Learning, 01 Jul 2013

Pearson has partnered with social investor Village Capital to support and fund education entrepreneurs in India who are focused on serving the bottom-of-the-pyramid market in the country. Select education start-ups will receive up to USD 75,000 (Rs 45 lakh) in funding and will be selected through peer review by fellow entrepreneurs.

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Nagaland received Rs 437 crore for free education
The Times of India, 22 Jul 2013

“Besides state normal budget, department receiving so much money from the GoI under Compulsory Free Education to be given to the students, but the results of last five years result so bad,” he said.

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16 lakh school seats, but only 9 lakh students in hyderabad: report
The Times of India, 20 Jul 2013

The alarming increase in the number of schools is a trend seen in the last five years, with big schools setting up branches in different areas. While there are around 9 lakh students in the city, the number of seats being offered by the 2,000 government and private schools in Greater Hyderabad is close to 16 lakh, a figure critics say is unheard of in other cities.

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Factors of consideration when it comes to mobile learning: A research study for organizational settings
Digital campus, Jul 2013

Abstract: This review study focuses on the investigation of add-on impact of mobile applications in learning strategies. I surveyed recent researches including context awareness, pedagogical strategy-enhanced learning scenarios, as well as collaborative and socially networked mobile learning. Through this review study, essential characteristics of mobile learning were identified and discussed along with the 4C model. With the essential characteristics, I emphasize on the add-on impact of mobile learning and elaborated mobile learning model in corporate learning strategies.

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Interview with Rukmini Banerji: SCNC 2012

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Rukmini Banerji is Director of ASER Centre, the autonomous research and assessment unit of Pratham. She has also been a member of the national leadership team of Pratham, a large scale citizens’ initiative to universalize elementary education in India. Dr Rukmini Banerji shares her views on how to empower School Management Committees, how illiterate parents can assess the quality of education being imparted to their children, the role of a parent in the education system at the School Choice National Conference (SCNC) in December, 2012. Click here to watch 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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