Issue # 303 | 14 October 2014










RTE: Right Or Wrong?


Anusuya is from the relatively impoverished central Indian state of Chhatisgarh. The 32 year old, mother of three works as domestic help in the posh neighbourhood of South Delhi. She’s never heard of the Right to Education (RTE) Act passed by the previous Congress led government in 2009. Widely hailed by social activists and those who supported the government’s entitlement based approach, as we shall see the RTE has had many perverse effects on actually worsening access to and quality of education.

Anusuya’s three children attend a local municipal primary school located in the fancy neighbourhood of Hauz Khas, Delhi, not far from the the Village, of the same name, an area popular with artists, well to do locals and expats.










The Education Divide - Public Vs Private Schools In India's Slums


The Education Divide - Public Vs Private Education In India's Slums

The poor in Hyderabad, India face a lack of quality education in government schools, despite the Right to Education Bill, which was passed to ensure free and compulsory education for all children in India. By Noreen Nasir, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant.









RTE - Another License Raj


Before the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (‘RTE’), most states under their state education Acts, allowed unrecognized schools to exist and provide education. With the 2009 Act coming into force, under the provisions of Section 18 and 19 read with state rules thereof, it was incumbent upon every private school to apply for recognition from such authority as was prescribed under the purview of said Act. In this manner RTE mandates a certificate of recognition for all private schools. The certificate of recognition requires compliance with minimum infrastructure, i.e. toilets, drinking water, pupil-teacher ratio, no. of working days and most importantly weather-proof building. There is no mention of learning outcomes. Additionally, by-laws and rules made by the states under RTE or the respective state education Act mandate a minimum plot area failing which schools may not be recognised. 













Has RTE Led To The Creation Of Another License Raj?


Has the law opened aveneues for edupreneurs or just given birth to another debate around compliance and non-compliance?


You Would Require As Many As 15 Licenses To Open A School

Read on this classic article by Mayank Wadhwa which talks about the entry barriers to edupreneurs in the Indian education ecosystem.


Boondein: Stories Of Hope From BPS In India


Forty five stories of fortitude and commitment of parents, teachers, students and school owners, weaved into a Coffee Table Book.



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Maharashtra // DNA // 14 October 2014

Children Learn Better With Inclusive Education

Inclusive education is the need of the hour. It helps build friendships and inculcate mutual respect and understanding. Patricia Mascarenhas investigates why inclusive education is not successful in India and what is the way forward. A majority of differently abled children go to special schools, away from their peers who go to regular schools. However, the Right to Education (RTE) Act, introduced in 2012 allows children with special needs to pursue mainstream education.


All India // Times of India // 14 October 2014

RTE Effect: 26% Drop In Number Of Out Of School Kids Since 2009

NEW DELHI: In a vindication of sorts for the Right to Education Act, the latest HRD ministry-mandated survey shows a 26 per cent drop in out-of-school children in the country since 2009. According to the latest survey conducted by Indian Market Research Bureau for the ministry, out-of-school (OoS) children have declined to 60.6 lakh — 2.97 per cent of all children in the 6-14 age group — from 81.5 lakh in 2009. In the first survey of 2005, 1.34 crore children were out of school.


All India // DNA // 13 October 2014

DNA Edit: Faulty Systems

Even while we celebrate Kailash Satyarthi, we must remember that he won because he stood up for children and their rights when the rest of us looked away. Kailash Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan estimates that his actions have helped rescue over 80,000 children in the three decades that he has functioned as a child rights activist.  Despite this towering achievement and the social ramifications of his actions, Indians, by and large, were unaware of his work and in denial of the problem.


Tamil Nadu // Times Of India // 12 October 2014

Corpn Schools Under Scanner

COIMBATORE: City Corporation commissioner S Ganesh was on an inspection to corporation schools when he found that a Class 10 student at a civic body run school struggled to read the word 'teacher'. There are two papers of English for Class 10 board exams. The incident during a casual visit to Selvapuram corporation school on Friday has thrown light on the state of English teaching in corporation schools. The school in question does not have a permanent English teacher. According to the staff, the English teacher was transferred a few months ago and currently they had only one temporary teacher.


All India // Asian Age // 9 October 2014

Mr Modi, We Need A 4th D

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fondness for alliteration is no secret. At New York’s Madison Square Garden, before a euphoric audience of overseas Indians, he extolled the virtues of the “three Ds.” “India has three unique Ds — Democracy, Demographic Dividend and Demand. These three things are present in one country… this is not there anywhere in the world. And on the basis of this India will cross new heights — it is my belief,” he said, speaking chattily in Hindi. It is hard not to agree.






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