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What has gone wrong with the Right to Education

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, followed the 86th amendment to the constitution of India, which made elementary education for children in the age group of 6-14 yea

Bask in Ira’s triumph & India’s progress in educating children of special needs

India has been celebrating uncommon success of Ira Singhal, who has topped civil services rank list. Even though she studied in normal educational institutions despite her disability, Ira can take

Private schools reluctant to admit EWS children under RTE Act

Even after six years of implementation of the right to education (RTE) Act, children from economically weaker section are still struggling to find their seats in schools. RTE Section

What to expect from the new education policy

Here are few things we expect from the draft policy that has been submitted by a five-member committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian. The committee formulated the new education

New Policy draft favours granting right to education to toddlers

A five-member committee was set up last year to draft the new education policy. The committee, in the report submitted last month but yet to be made public, has recommended that pre-school educatio

No detention till Class 5, says new draft policy on education 2016

The draft for the eagerly awaited new Education Policy recommends amendments in the right to free and compulsory education Act 2009. Among its specific recommendations are:  

New education policy against politics in VC appointment, university campus

The New Education Policy draft, submitted to the HRD ministry last month, has recommended following changes in the teacher management system: The centre and state should jointly

Who’s disabled?

When nine-month-old Aditi was detected with hemiplegia, her parents were heartbroken – hemiplegia, paralysis of one side of the body, had affected their daughter’s left arm and leg. The

“This campaign is owned by the people”

Odisha’s largest district, Mayurbhanj, is set to be free from child labour very soon. District magistrate Rajesh Prabhakar Patil, an IAS officer of 2005 batch, talked to Taru Bhatia about

Childhood restored

As the sky starts to turn dark, noises of children from the playground of the Bisoi government nodal upper primary school, in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, slowly fade away. The students line up t

Here`s how poll bound Punjab performs in primary education

Punjab, set for the assembly polls in 2017, presents a dismal picture of elementary education in its rural belt. A NITI Aayog sponsored study conducted by Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development St

Experiments with pedagogy

Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of education, ‘Nai Talim’ or ‘Basic Education for All’, was conceptualised in 1937 and is just a year away from completing 80 years. He bel

‘Political will can make RTE a reality’

Kiran Bhatty is the national coordinator of the Right to Education Act with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She has worked in the field of education for several year

Representation sought for budget private schools in policy making

National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) has demanded active representation of budget private schools in the policy making process. NISA members on Thursday met Anil Swarup, secr

Enrolment up, reading ability down: ASER report

The good news first. Across India, enrolment has gone up for all age groups. Now the bad news. The reading level in class VIII has declined. The Annual Status of Education Report (AS

Hindi Medium, a movie that takes a dig at education system

If you are a parent living in Delhi who has fought a battle of nursery admission or is a parent who would do that in near future, the film Hindi Medium is your story. Having covered the nursery adm

You need some system of accountability: Atishi Marlena

Giving highest priority to education, the AAP government in Delhi is working towards bringing government schools at par with private schools. Atishi Marlena, advisor to deputy chief minister an

Right to Education: No sweeping change yet

At least once a week, nine-year-old Durga starts her day cleaning the floor of her classroom. She studies in a primary school in Kankrel village, in Amber block of Jaipur in Rajasthan. While studen

Kids of the elite in sarkari school: Activist threatens to fast again

Close to two years have gone by but the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to implement the Allahabad high court’s order to make it compulsory for government officers, people’s representat

Dreams of demographic dividend and reality of educational quality

Will India ever be able to achieve the dream of making best use of its demographic dividend? That question becomes relevant again with the release of the

Education not yet for all

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, an ambitious programme aimed at the universalisation of elementary education in India, has not been fully effective. Launched in 2001, it aims to provide unive

Don’t want to over-burden school kids: Anil Swarup

The government does not favour over-burdening the school children with newer syllabus like financial literacy at least till class 8th, as the kids are in any case over-burdened with focus on value

Why not have only public healthcare, education?

It happens in the US, UK and many other developed countries, then why not in India? The word ‘sarkari’ is scary enough for the Indian middle class, leave alone the elite. Even as the ad

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