Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 252)

08 Oct 2013
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Education board won’t change schools’ grades
IBJ.COM, 02 Oct 2013

"These school are being penalized because we did not create a model that fits their school," Tony Walker, a Gary lawyer and Democratic member of the school board, said of the three high schools that had their grades lifted from B's to A's because of one change made by former Superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican

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Two Brazil Education Firms File For IPOs; More M&A Expected in Brazil
Wall Street Journal, 04 Oct 2013

“The education market is expanding, because now Brazilians are very clear about the importance of the education,” said Alexandre Furtado Montes, an industry analyst at Lopes Filho Consultores.

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Financial Innovation Goes to School
Project Syndicate, 01 Oct 2013

Later this month, the  United Nations will discuss a high-level report on global development priorities  for the period following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire  in 2015. Quality education is one of the global priorities that world leaders  will be taking up.

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CBSE plans accreditation for schools to ensure quality
The New Indian Express, 04 Oct 2013

From 309 schools in 1962, the  number of schools has risen to 10,500 in the country. The Board also has international jurisdiction. It has come to the notice of the CBSE authorities that managements of many schools approach the Board at the time of initial affiliation, up-gradation or renewal of affiliation.

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No Teachers’ Aptitude Test for minority schools: HC
The Times of India, 05 Oct 2013

The state government recently introduced additional qualification for appointment of headmasters in the grant-in-aid educational institutes and made it compulsory for candidates for the post of headmasters to clear TAT.

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Strengthening of UGC rules may be on the cards
The Times of India, 05 Oct 2013

Strengthening of UGC rules and provisions governing higher educational institutes could well be on the cards even as a new programme approved by the government on Thursday threatens to strip the commission of its funding powers.

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Panjab University leaves behind IITs to break into World’s Top 250
Digital Learning, 04 Oct 2013

Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has left behind all 15 Indian Institutes of Technology to become the nation’s only educational institution to figure in Times Higher Education World’s Top-400 University Rankings for 2013-14.

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Equity, quality and relevance in higher education in Brazil
An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.76 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Mar. 2004

Brazilian higher education has doubled its size in the 1990s, going from 1.5 million to more than 3 million students in the period. This expansion was mostly due to the growth of private education, which, in 2002, accounted for about two thirds of the enrollment.

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  1. India, only 76.5% children studying in standard 8 can read a standard 2 level text.
  2. In rural India, 16.6 % of schools do not have drinking water facilities in 2012.
  3. 21.3% of rural schools do not have separate girls’ toilets.

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