Issue # 290 | 1 July 2014










Re-writing a Right, to set it right!


Right to Education Act, 2009 – a landmark act that gives every child in the age group of six to fourteen years the right to full time elementary education? Or, an act that is incapacitating the education sector due to unduly stringent regulation and norms? For India to grow economically, and for this growth to be inclusive, the country needs to ensure an educated and skilled population – one that we are currently struggling to provide. An act that ensures universal access to education should therefore be welcomed with open arms. However, with its current flaws and bureaucratic obstacles, the Act is undermining the very purpose it stands for.

The RTE, in its current structure, emphasises solely the duties and inputs into provision of education, implicitly assuming that adherence to these will ensure a healthy sector, which will increase access as well as quality.










India's greatest need is to give high-school education to as many citizens as possible


India's greatest need is to give high school education to as many citizens as possible

RTE Classic: Watch the interview with Nirvikar Singh, Professor and  Director, Business Management Economics, Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, US.









Policy Brief: Expanding options for students and parents


This article deals with the exchange of options for students and parents through school vouchers and scholarship tax credits and rebate programmes. Here we have a case study of Louisiana, highlighting the impact of school vouchers and other scholarship programmes. In Louisiana, hundreds of thousands of children have been tapped in failing schools, barring the children in these schools from a successful future. Thus there is need for immediate alternatives for better schooling systems and governance, through vouchers and scholarship tax credit programmes.

This report focuses on two school choice programmes, vouchers and scholarship tax credit and rebates, by looking into various such programmes implemented in the country. Thus the impact of these programmes, in terms of learning outcomes and parental satisfaction had been analyzed.













Which, out of these amendments, has a greater potential to reinforce RTE in its current form?

A. Linking teacher promotion

to student performance

B. Making educational attainment, and not age, the criteria for escalation to the next class


Military spending far exceeds investment in education around the world - there are at least 150 soldiers for every 100 teachers in the world.

45% of world's children who are out of school are in China, India and Pakistan. One key reason is the preference for military expenditure over educational investment.


Agenda for Change


Agenda for Change: Action Plan for the Economy

Action Plan for the Economy

Bibek Debroy, Parth J Shah



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Report by Katarina Tomaveski



















All India/National // The Economic Times // 30 June 2014

Poor education quality biggest impediments to faster economic growth: World Bank

Low education outcomes and poor quality of education are the biggest impediments to faster economic growth, as it continues to trap young people in poverty, according to the World Bank. In a report, Student Learning in South Asia, released by the World Bank on Monday, a comprehensive assessment has been made of the educational systems across the region spanning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.


All India/National // LiveMint // 27 June 2014

Why the government's recent report on educational outcomes is misleading

Amidst the brouhaha over Delhi University’s undergraduate programme, a recent report on school education by the education ministry has almost escaped the radar. The annual flash statistics report released last week by the District Information System for Education (DISE) has come up with several surprising findings.


Global/International // Zee News // 27 June 2014

India has over 1 million children out of school: UN

New York: India, Indonesia and Pakistan each have more than a million children out of school, according to a UN report which said the global number of unschooled children aged 6 to 11 is still as high as 58 million, showing little overall improvement since 2007. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report said that India had 1.4 million children out of school in 2011 but the country is among 17 other nations that have managed to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the past decade.


The Asian Age // Chhattisgarh // 27 June 2014

Century-old royal-run college opens to the poor

The famed Raj Kumar College (RKC) here, founded and run by the erstwhile royal families of eastern India, has shed its century-old elitist legacy by opening its gates to the poor this year, thanks to the revolutionary Right to Education (RTE) Act. The RKC, conceived by the chief commissioner of Central Province headquartered at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Sir Andrew Fraser, in 1882 to teach the scions of erstwhile royal families of now Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand, apparently to produce an English-speaking elite class to deal with British officers, has consented to admit to the nursery class six children from BPL families in the current academic year.


Times of India // Maharashtra // 26 June 2014

Education commissioner’s nod must for school staff appointments

PUNE: Schools in the state recognized by the government will now need permission from the education commissioner and undergo a scrutiny before appointing teaching and non-teaching staff. A government notification on June 20 has stated that a ban on teachers' recruitment imposed in 2011 has been lifted, but appointing new teaching and non-teaching staff would require permission from the state commissioner of education.





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