Issue # 299 | 2 September 2014










We Have To Be On A Constant Learning Curve


After 67 years of independence, too many of India’s citizens are shackled by the lack of a quality education that enables them to be free and independent. Our earlier generations fought to end the injustice imposed by the British Raj; we now need a second freedom movement that ensures equality of rights and opportunity for all citizens of India.

Since the early 2000s, our government’s outlay on education has increased significantly and currently stands at nearly 3% of GDP. The recent Union budget allocated Rs. 69,000 crore for education. Yet, studies like the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) show that learning levels of children are not increasing. This is because much of the focus in the last two decades has been on increasing enrolment in schools. Around 97% of children are enrolled in Class 1 thanks to the involvement of civil society and the private sector. There is a need to ensure that children are not just enrolled but also receive quality education. To that end, the government can shift the focus from investing in infrastructural inputs to strategic initiatives that improve learning outcomes.

What will it take to achieve quality education?










India's Prime Minister Tours Japanese School During Tokyo Visit


India's Prime Minister tours Japanese school during Tokyo visit

"India needs to learn from Japan's education system", says Modi after his visit to one of the schools in Tokyo, during his five-day trip to Japan.









RTE And Budget Private Schools: What Would Gandhi Think?


James Tooley's research is a journey into the history of Indian education, drawing comparisons between the shutting down of indigenous schools then, on Macaulay's recommendations, and the closure of budget private schools today under the RTE, for being “not good enough”. He explores the well-intentioned policies, and their faulty premises - that people cannot be trusted to make judgements about what is better or worse for their own children; and suggests that we take a leaf out of Gandhi’s book and resist the closures, to win our educational independence. 













Does The Govt Have Enough Confidence In Its Own Schools?


Why do govt officials and teachers send their own children to private schools? Are the state schools really so incapable that they can't educate children of their own staff?


Govt Has Unveiled New Learning Indicators

The broad contours of the Modi Government's 'Padhe Bharat, Badhe Bharat (PBBB)' was unveiled as a nation-wide sub-programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan recently.


Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World


This 25-photo essay of the most incredible routes to school will show you just how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.



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All-India // Live Mint // 2 September 2014

It Is Time To Recast RTE Act

The RTE Act was a daring piece of legislation for two reasons. One, it implicitly admitted that quality education was being delivered in private schools, so they must be co-opted to serve the poorest despite the availability of government schools in their area. Second, the Act virtually nationalized a quarter of the private sector provision in school education for children, with the exception of those that could be certified as minority schools. It could have changed the landscape of learning had it focused on that - learning. Instead, the RTE chose to be an administrator’s tool to standardize schools to look uniform regardless of what was happening within classrooms. It legislated the trappings of education while ignoring the process and outcomes.


Haryana // The Hindu // 1 September 2014

CBSE Evaluation System Needs Thorough Review, Says Haryana Report

The CBSE’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, which entails frequent evaluation of students, needs a “thorough review” in design and appropriateness, as well as in teaching training and implementation, says an impact evaluation report carried out in various government schools in Haryana.


Andhra Pradesh // The New Indian Express // 29 August 2014

Right To Education Does Not Mean Right To Private Education

HYDERABAD: Right to Education does not mean right to private education, explains M Jagadeeshwar, Commissioner and Sirector of School Education of Telangana state in an interview with Jeevan Kumar Durgam.


Jammu and Kashmir // DNA // 28 August 2014

How The Children Of Poonch Struggle To Attain Their Fundamental Right To Education

On one hand when urban India is battling its weak areas in the educational system, rural India has not seen a clear light of day for one of its fundamental right to Education .Though the government has taken necessary steps and initiatives to enforce cost free education. It has also made certain laws so that each child is educated in the country. But the scenario in many villages and the border areas is grim and alarming.


All India // Live Mint // 27 August 2014

New Scheme Launched To Improve Mathematics, Language Skills

New Delhi: Concerned over poor learning standards in schools, the human resource development (HRD) ministry on Tuesday launched a new scheme to improve mathematics and language skills of students across India and vowed to plug the infrastructure gaps in all schools by utilizing portions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.






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