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India: Unchecked Attacks on Religious Minorities

-Human Rights Watch Reform Laws Choking Freedom of Expression, Association New York: The Indian government failed to stop or credibly investigate vigilante attacks against minority religious communities during 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its World Report 2018. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism at

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Delhi eyes Finland school model -Basant Kumar Mohanty

ithout pressure," Rajput said. Children are not failed in any class and there are no annual exams. A system of continuous evaluation is followed, such as the one introduced in India under the Right to Education Act but often criticised. Teachers in Finland, as in Germany, are highly paid and come through a rigorous training process. They enjoy the trust of the government in devising their teaching methods and curricula according to the apti

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Aadhaar: When the Poor Get Left Out -Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri

very poor and the homeless — for reasons such as not being on the Aadhaar data base, not having a fixed address and failing the biometric identification test. Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri, Right to Food activists, point out why Aadhaar initiative is not only ill-suited to prevent corruption but could also rob the needy of their basic state support. As the Aadhaar matter comes up in the Supreme Court, it is perhaps a good time to assess h

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Ability versus aspiration -Rukmini Banerji & Wilima Wadhwa

-The Indian Express Competencies and achievements of young people will need to be aligned with expectations The Right to Education Act came into force in 2010. However, the trend towards universal elementary education was well in place before that. For example, for the age group 6 to 14, enrolment levels have been high and rising for quite some time. Even as early as 2005-6, the first Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and an independen

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Learning gaps

tion Report (ASER), released on Tuesday, is significant for several reasons. In looking at the age group of 14-18, the survey — to begin with — offers insights into the performance of the Right to Education Act, eight years after it made elementary education a fundamental Right. The 14-year olds surveyed in the report, brought out by the NGO Pratham, are amongst the first to have benefited from

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ASER report 2017: In villages, as they grow up, more girls drop out of school -Uma Vishnu

children across 28 rural districts. Uma Vishnu explains some of its findings. 86% of youth in the 14-18 age group are still within the formal education system It has been eight years since the Right to Education (RTE) Act came into force in 2010, making elementary education a fundamental Right for those in the 6-14 age group. Therefore, the 14-year-olds in the 2017 ASER (Annual Status of Education Re

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ASER report 2017: More rural teens staying back in school but struggle with reading, math; girls worse off -Shradha Chettri & Uma Vishnu

skills that are needed to help them get to where they aspire. A pointer to this aspiration is how most children in the age group continue to stay within the formal education system even though the Right to Education umbrella folds up at age 14: 86% of youth were in school or college. More than half (54%) of them were in Class 10 or below and only 14 not enrolled anywhere. Please click here to read more.

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Youths prefer Army, police jobs over agriculture: ASER report 2017

w Delhi today. This year, the report has focused on 14-18-year-olds, who have just moved beyond the elementary school and are the first batch to pass out of class 8 after the implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009. Currently, the RTE Act makes education a fundamental Right for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. The aspirations of youth are gendered as well. While boys wish to join

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Most Indian 14-18-Year-Olds in Rural Areas Are Reading at a Class Two Level, Finds Report

ASER measures are actually very rudimentary things. This is rock bottom. This really gives a sense of where we are and where we need to go,” said Subramanian on the survey and report. He is Right, because although the survey says that nearly all children are today in school (86%), the study repeatedly notes that the results are not encouraging even among those who have completed eight years of schooling. For example, out of these youth, &ldq

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