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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 276) 25 Mar 2014
- Arvind Ilamaran
Education for the poor: innovations of private schools

“The common are intrigued by the uncommon while the wise are intrigued by the commonplace” – Confucian proverb

If the above adage be held true, James Tooley would be wiser than most on education in the Third world.  His discovery of budget private schools (BPS) in the slums of Hyderabad and in other developing and under-developed countries like China, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Kenya in the early 2000s brought to light a new stratum in the education ecosystem previously unknown. This work led to his book ‘The Beautiful Tree’ in 2009. On 13 March, Prof. Tooley visited us here at Centre for Civil Society where we learned how the tree has flourished globally since the publication of his award-winning book.

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Bringing About Curriculum Innovations
Author: Kiira Karkkainen
OECD Education Working Papers No. 82

Abstract: Different implicit approaches to promoting innovation in education can be explored through the decision making of curriculum – reflecting what is taught to students and how the students are taught. Are innovations in curriculum expected to derive from centrally driven processes? Or has much room been left for those innovations within schools? What kind of role may be played by different stakeholders such as experts, teachers or parents in curriculum innovation?

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Education News

People Want Choice, Not Charity
- Business World, 21 Mar 2014
There seems to be a general perception that children residing in District South Delhi are the most fortunate ones, since they reside in the vicinity of most of the top schools in the whole of Delhi. A lot of people may be considering shifting to South Delhi to score ‘neighbourhood points’, as per the new guidelines issued with respect to school admissions.

HC overturns order on private school fees
- The Times of India, 21 Mar 2014
NEW DELHI: In a relief to schools, Delhi high court on Thursday reversed its earlier order which had held that private unaided schools cannot take fees on a quarterly basis.

Economic growth must precede education growth
- The Financial Express, 17 Mar 2014
What should be a government’s role as far as providing education is concerned?

Indians No 2 users of MIT-Harvard e-courses
- The Times of India, 22 Mar 2014
BANGALORE: Over 2.5 lakh Indians have registered for courses on edX, the massive open online course (Mooc) platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in May 2012 to host online university-level courses.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without education, Michelle Obama tells Chinese students
- South China Morning Post, 23 Mar 2014
US first lady Michelle Obama told Chinese professors, students and parents on Sunday that she wouldn’t have risen to where she was if her parents hadn’t pushed for her to get a good education.

Not black and white
- The Economist, 22 Mar 2014
THE 80-20 Initiative, an Asian-American lobby group, scored its first big success last October when it forced Jimmy Kimmel, a television host, to apologise for allowing a five-year-old boy to suggest on air that America should kill everyone in China in order to avoid its debt obligations. This week the group pulled off a more edifying win, defeating an attempt to allow Californian universities to take account of race when deciding whom to admit.

Ideo’s Sandy Speicher Reimagines Education in Peru
- Bloomberg Businessweek, 20 Mar 2014
Billionaire Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor wanted to reform education in Peru, his native country. While Peru’s economy has grown and stabilized, its education system remains one of the world’s worst. Rodriguez-Pastor, the chairman of financial services and retail conglomerate Intercorp, envisioned a new kind of school he could build into a larger network across Peru—while keeping tuition at just $100 a month.

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98% of those aspiring to be teachers failed the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). This is an improvement from last year where 99% failed the test. Passing the CTET is a requirement for those who wish to teach at the school level. The paper tests English, mathematics, and environmental science. Source: The Times of India


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