Issue # 295 | 5 August 2014










Back To Basics: Understanding The Educational Indicators (Part 1 of 2)


Knowledge of these indicators is not only important for the policy makers in developing sound plans and monitoring frameworks but also helps us, as members of civil society, engage in meaningful public debates. Brushing up our basic understanding of some of the most important educational indicators would certainly equip us to gauge the problems in our immediate educational policy environment, evaluate the current policies and anticipate the future. Just to draw an analogy, while health indicators such as blood pressure, body temperature and total blood count indicate the condition of our physical and mental health, the educational indicators reveal the performance or health of an educational system. Indicators should have a reference point just like we have normal systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings for a healthy human being.

However, in social systems like education, reference point is a more subjective undertaking and is normally based on some socially agreed-upon standard. Indicators are also compared with  past readings or with similar ones in other locations.










Bihar: Samastipur's Teacher Reality Check


Bihar: Samastipur's Teacher Reality Check

Sande.. no! Mande.. no!

Tuesday.. yes. We are (not really) pleased to bring share this video with you.

Indian News Channel P7 News does a reality check of primary teachers in Samastipur, Bihar. This is exactly what is wrong with our teaching.









Does Performance-Related Pay For Teachers Improve Student Performance: Some Evidence From India


The paper finds, using the data from a school survey, that after controlling for student ability, parental background and resources available, private schools get better academic results by relating pay to achievement. The paper discusses some of the problems that may arise when using performance related pay and presents counterarguments. The paper also notes the differences in theaspects that are rewarded in the public and private sector and postulates some mechanisms which may give rise to this finding.













Good education: more knowledge and skills or more jobs?


Are good learning outcomes futile without jobs? Are jobs incomplete without knowledge and skills?

What, according to you, should education do: enlighten or employ?


RTE is pushing up failure rate in class IX in Maharashtra

The RTE policy of not failing students till std VIII is taking its toll the very next year, in std IX, when they face competitive exams and falter under pressure.


Quality Concerns In India: Where Is The Problem?


Yash Aggarwal

National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA)

May 2002



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Chandigarh // Hindustan Times // 5 August 2014

25% of city's schools have minority status

Thanks to Right to Education Act, 2009, every fourth private school in UT has minority status now. With three more private schools in Chandigarh recently granted the minority status by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutes (NCMEI), the number of school with minority status has increased to 17 out of 69 recognised private schools.


All India // Business Standard // 4 August 2014

Over 600,000 primary teachers' posts lying vacant

Over 600,000 posts of teachers at primary level are lying vacant under the state sector and the national literacy mission, parliament was informed Monday. "The total teachers post lying vacant at the primary level both under the state sector and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are 6,06,191," Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.


Tamil Nadu // Times of India // 4 August 2014

Teacher training programme a sham, says educationist

CHENNAI: When there is no dearth of schools, students, teachers or infrastructure in the country, when numbers show increasing enrolments, why is it that Indian students lack skills even after graduation? The problem is a combination of factors— quality of teachers, actual teaching time, student- teacher ratio, method of testing and lack of political will to correct the system, said Vimala Ramachandran, national fellow and professor at National University for Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi.


All India // Daily Vedas // 2 August 2014

The Bigger Picture: The hidden malice in Right to Education

Is it a conspiracy or an unacceptable blunder, we don’t know. But, surely, this system is flawed and our future generations will face the wrath. This Act assures the production of average or below average brains. There will be scientists and engineers in future, but ordinary ones. This drop in scientific brains will increase our dependency on foreign brains. Their Science and Technology will place ‘them’ on top while Indian brains follow their instructions.


Karnataka // Times of India // 2 August 2014

Students from Muslim families form major chunk of school dropouts

MYSORE: The rate of school dropouts is high among children from Muslim community in Mysore city. Education officials attribute it to "poverty, illiteracy among parents and local environment". S Chandrapatil, deputy project coordinator at Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), claimed that the north education block has the highest number of dropouts. Here, majority of the students are from Muslim families. As many as 1,338 students studying in Class VI, VII and VIII have quit learning to work as per a joint survey report made by the members of an NGO and the education department. The main cause is said to be "poverty and local environment".


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