Issue # 296 | 12 August 2014










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


Last week, we discussed two types of educational indicators - (1) Indicators for Access and Coverage, and (2) Indicators Measuring Efficiency of an Educational System.

This week, we will focus on the following indicators:
(3). Indicators on Quality of Education

(4). Indicators on Inputs
(5). Indicators on Facilities

These five different types of indicators can be applied to have a primary understanding of an educational system. We need to use these indicators frequently to arrive at important policy decisions or assess the system or an existing policy.










What Is Right To Education? #RTE


What Is Right To Education? #RTE

In this animated Bengali film by UNICEF India, children explain the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act (subtitles included).









Private Non-State Sector Engagement In The Provision Of Educational Services At The Primary And Secondary Levels In South Asia


Private (non-state) sector engagement in the provision of educational services at the primary and secondary levels in South Asia has recently undergone remarkable growth. This type of education comes in various forms, such as schools financed and managed by the private sector, schools financed by the government and managed by the private sector, private school vouchers, and tutoring outside the classroom. According to recent household survey data, almost one-third of school-goers aged 6 to 18 years in South Asia go to private schools, with a high concentration in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Data for India, Nepal, and Pakistan show that on average, private schools perform at least as well as government schools on student test scores, after controlling for socioeconomic factors, and they do so at significantly lower costs to society.

However, student achievement varies greatly across schools of each type, with many weak private schools as well as strong government schools. Substantial, albeit indirect, evidence points to teacher behavior and accountability as an important driver of the effectiveness of private schools. In the long run, however, many factors may play important roles in sustaining the private sector’s advantage. Another risk is that overall poor quality in a large government sector may set a low benchmark for the private sector. The findings cast doubt on the effectiveness of government regulations for private schools, given weak institutional capacity. Public-private partnerships with effective accountability mechanisms could leverage both equity and efficiency. Finally, it appears important to understand and customize teaching to the child’s individual level.













Degrees Or Abilities - What Makes A Good HRD Minister?


Smriti Irani's '6-day degree' (now certificate) programme from Yale led to yet another debate about formal qualifications and suitability for a job: what is your take?


Her Gender, Her Zipcode, Her Economic Condition

In developing countries, there are three structural issues that prevent a girl from fulfilling her right to education. Without further ado, girl's education is >>


SOS: Save 300,000 Budget Private Schools


Special Report by Autar Nehru, Aruna Ravikumar and Nadia Lewis,

Education World: The Human Development Magazine,

August 2014



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Rajasthan // Hindustan Times of India // 12 August 2014

HC Notice To Govt, School Boards, Coaching Institutes

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan high court on Monday issued notices to the state government, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE), Allen Career Institute, Kota and Shiv Jyoti School, Kota among others over functioning of "unrecognized" private coaching institutes in the state especially in Kota in an "institutionalized" manner in the name of preparing students for admission to IITs and medical colleges and subverting school education.


Maharashtra // Pune Mirror // 11 August 2014

B’bay HC Demands Clarity On Reimbursements In 3 Weeks

With issues around admissions of underprivileged children under the Act raging on, all eyes are set on result of PIL filed by NGO, addressing inefficiency in RTE implementation. Finally there might be some clarity regarding fee reimbursements for admissions of underprivileged children conducted under the 'jinxed' Right To Education (RTE).


Tamil Nadu // The New Indian Express // 9 August 2014

Many Schools Not Aware Of RTE Act

CHENNAI: Most private schools in the State have not implemented RTE and several schools are not aware of the Act, said a report put out by Sama Kalvi Iyakkam (SKI), a Tamil Nadu-based child rights movement. The report, released here on Friday, titled ‘Status Report of Implementation and Monitoring of Right To Education - Act 2009 in Tamil Nadu’, was compiled with support from Child Rights and You (CRY).


Jammu and Kashmir // Daily Excelsior // 9 August 2014

NSUI Threatens Agitation For Right To Education In J&K

JAMMU, Aug 8: National Students’ Union of India today warned agitation if the Right to Education Act is not immediately implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to media persons, here today, the NSUI State president Neeraj Kundan lamented that it was very unfortunate that the Right to Education was not a Fundamental Right in the State.


Global // Chicago Defender // 6 August 2014

"You Can Do Better": Michelle Obama Urges Girls To Honor The Value Of Education

Michelle Obama is calling on young women in the U.S. to take their education a little more seriously. Kids in the United States are often depicted viewing school as an unbearable daily chore, but education is not a basic right everywhere in the world. In her open letter to Seventeen magazine, the first lady asked readers to consider how hard it is for some women to even access an elementary-school level education. Whether for financial reasons, gender inequality or even religious beliefs, girls all over the globe are actively kept out of class.


Happy Independence Day! We wish you a good time, in the spirit of freedom towards an education of choice.





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