Issue # 292 | 16 July 2014










RTE 2.0: Act for Tomorrow


In our previous blog, Priyanka Anand Chadha talked about how the existing Right to Education (RTE) Act significantly focuses on what goes into our education system, and, disappointingly, ignores what it churns out. Abysmal learning outcomes in students across grades, less than 2% government-qualified teachers passing the TET, large-scale closure of private schools – we have witnessed infinite cases where the right to education only lived up to right to access to education, and sometimes, not even that. Quality, equality, choice, accountability, autonomy, freedom, outcomes – such things remain far from reality in the current landscape.

With an objective of bringing in some of the above perspectives in the education of tomorrow, some of India’s leading educationists met at the UChicago Centre in Delhi on Monday. The four-hour roundtable focused on specific amendments to the RTE Act, which would ensure quality education for all in India. RTE 2.0: Building Consensus on Amendments truly aimed at weeding out the pain areas in the existing scheme of things, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and introducing appropriate amendments to the actual text of the Act.










Teacher Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence from India


Karthik Muralidharan: Teacher Performance Pay - Experimental Evidence from India

Prof Karthik Muralidharan from Department of Economics, University of California - San Diego speaks in a lecture series at University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform.

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Overcoming exclusion through quality schooling


In the era of globalisation, provision of quality education is increasingly gaining importance across the world. Like elsewhere, it has already been realised in India that equal attention is needed simultaneously on access, equity and quality to achieve the goal of universal elementary education. It has also been experienced that although the majority of children in India today have access to school education, all of them are not receiving quality education for various reasons, leading to poor learning level, repetition and gradual exclusion from school education. Large achievement gaps are found among different groups of children attending schools located in different regions and managed by government and private providers.

Using the primary data collected from 88 schools of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, this paper attempts to critically examine the extent to which the quality of school affects access and participation of children particularly in rural areas. It also investigates problems of inadequate infrastructure and academic facilities: how these are affecting the quality of education; who are the children most affected by poor quality schools and therefore facing problems of locational disadvantage; and the influence of gender and social background of children on their access to quality education.













Should Section 28 of RTE Act, that prohibits teachers to engage in private tuition, be completely deleted?

Do you think private tuition / private teaching activity can be compared with government doctors running their own clinics?


Many teachers find it impossible to manage classrooms in terms of learning environments because of the no-detention policy!

Section 16 provides that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education.


School Management Committees: Insights, Challenges and Way-forward


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Bihar // IBN Live // 15 July 2014

SSA envisaged to achieve universal elementary education programme is lagging in Bihar: CAG

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) envisaged to achieve universal elementary education programme is lagging in Bihar with 1,896 eligible habitations yet to see schools, a latest Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report said. It also said Bihar could not avail the benefit of Central assistance and state share to the tune of Rs 19,279 crore for implementing the SSA.


Global // International Business Times // 14 July 2014

World Malala Day: United Nations Observes the Day to Spread Awareness on Girls' Right to Education

World Malala Day was announced by the United Nations to raise awareness on the right to education, especially of girls. Malala Yousafzai, born in July 1997 in Swat, Pakistan, is a courageous and vocal advocate of universal education and girls' rights. But her brave activities did not go down well with the Taliban extremists.


All-India // Business Standard // 14 July 2014

Implementation of Right To Education not tardy: Govt to RS

The Right To Education (RTE), initiated during the UPA regime, today got a thumbs-up from the NDA government which said its implementation had not been tardy as 19.88 crore children have been enrolled at the elementary level. "No, the progress under RTE Act 2009 indicates that 19.88 crore children have been enrolled in elementary school, with a gross enrolment ratio of 96.5 per cent as per district information system for education 2013-14," HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in Rajya Sabha today.


Tamil Nadu // The Hindu // 12 July 2014

‘More money should translate to better outcomes’

Activists and education experts welcomed the increased allocation for two flagship programmes, and new schemes announced for school education in the Union Budget on Thursday. However, they observed that it must correspondingly translate into better learning outcomes.


All-India // DNA // 12 July 2014

#dnaEdit: Primary education concerns

The UNESCO report on the out-of-school children in India should serve as a wake-up call for the country, which harps on reaping demographic dividends. UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report punctures India’s tall claim of making giant progress in providing elementary education through the Sarva Shiksha Aviyan (SSA). If anything the previous UPA government’s flagship programme has floundered, making a mockery of the Right to Education.





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