Issue # 304 | 21 October 2014










State Education Financing in India: Problems and Possibilities


The clamor surrounding education in India is focused on increasing the money spent by the government on its schools but there is very little action on the accountability of existing government spending and the economic efficiency of India’s humungous public education system.

The team at Accountability Initiative calculated the average per-child expenditure across India on education at the elementary and secondary level to be at Rs. 4269 for the year 2011-12 but the state averages vary between Rs. 3,049 in Gujarat and Rs. 27,451 in Meghalaya for the same year. It is also important to consider the per-child expenditure in education incurred by other countries. The World Bank publishes data on public expenditure per pupil as a percentage of the GDP-per-capita, and while countries in the developed world like the UK (33.8%) and France (28%) spend more than quarter of the GDP per capita on per-child expenditure, developing countries are seen to spend in between 10-15% with India right in the middle with 13.3%.










Punjab RTE Crisis – 900 Schools Shut Down


Punjab RTE crisis – 900 schools shut down

Punjab Government has shut more than 900 schools across the State because they don't fit under Section 18 and 19 of the Right to Education Act (2009). The Section states that the Government can shut a school on the pretext of poor infrastructure but does not talk about the quality of education being provided to the students.









Wanted: Trained teachers to ensure every child’s right to primary education


How many teachers are needed to help every child realise their right to a primary education?
Universal primary education (UPE) will remain a distant dream for millions of children living in countries without enough teachers in classrooms. Current discussions of the post-2015 development agenda include a target to bolster the supply and training of teachers as part of efforts to ensure that every child learns in a stimulating and supportive classroom environment.
To help formulate and monitor possible post-2015 education targets, the UIS has released a new set of projections of the demand and supply of primary teachers at the global and national levels. According to the data, countries will need to recruit a total of 4 million teachers to achieve universal primary education by 2015. Of this total, 2.6 million will replace teachers who retire, change occupations or leave the workforce due to illness or death. The remaining 1.4 million will be needed to universalise access to primary education and underwrite quality by ensuring that there are not more than 40 students for every teacher.













Are Government welfare schemes such as mid-day meal, free textbooks, etc. sufficient to get children in school?


Government schools provide various concessions to students such as free mid-day meals, free uniforms, free textbooks, etc. to increase enrollment and retain children in schools. But wouldn't better classroom learning environment, quality teachers be much more effective tools to ensure that students are engaged and come to their schools regularly.


In India, approximately 76% of SC and 81% of ST girls, as compared to 47% of SC and 61% of ST boys, do not complete secondary school

By educating girls, we reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, and raise living standards for everyone. Despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of girls’ education, 37 million school-age girls around the world are not in class. Factors such as poverty and distance from schools limit access to education, but even in situations where all children face such barriers, a gender disparity is evident.


6th Annual School Choice National Conference
19 December 2014, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


The School Choice Campaign (SCC) is a policy initiative to ensure that all children receive quality education of their choice. Rooted in the philosophy that each child is unique, SCC believes that an education system can be called truly successful when it is flexible enough to cater to each student as an individual and yet ensure that the quality of education imparted in each institution is of the highest standard.



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Tamil Nadu // IBN Live // 20 October, 2014

CBSE Schools Brought Under DSE For RTE Act Implementation

Tamil Nadu Government has issued anotification bringing all schools affiliated to boards other than state boards under the control of its Director of School Education for implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. This was stated in a submission by Government Pleader Krishna Kumar before a bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court during the hearing of a PIL.


Maharashtra // Times of India // 21 October, 2014

Schools To Face Action For Not Filling Vacancies

Government, zilla parishad and government-aided schools that have not filled up vacancies for teachers will face strict action from the state education department. Education officers of the respective districts may also face suspension if teachers complain that they have not been allowed to join work despite receiving appointment letters.


Rajasthan // Times of India // 19 October, 2014

Education out of reach for many Raj kids

Rajasthan has the third highest percentage of out of school students in the age group of 6-13 years in the country. State has recorded 6.01 lakh out of school students from a total of 1.19 crore students in this age group in the academic session 2013-14, says the latest survey conducted by Indian Market Research Bureau for the HRD ministry titled Out of School (OoS).


All India / National // Hindustan Times // 15 October, 2014

Writing's on board: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan must be phased out

Fifteen years on, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has outlived its utility. In most states today, the programme is doing more harm than good to the education system. I make this strong statement responsibly as someone who has helped conceptualise and implement the SSA for many years and studied the SSA implementation in several states over the past five years.


Himachal Pradesh // Hindustan Times // 17 October, 2014

Education dept warns schools not to give extra work to vocational trainers

The state education department has directed schools across the state not to give non-teaching work to vocational trainers. During a checking by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) officials, it was found that vocational trainers are given non-teaching assignments by some school administrations.






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