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Holes in the safety net -Mallica Joshi

e when her parents were called to the school. “The principal sat us down and told us that they would no longer support our child till Class XII unless we started paying the fee. She said the Right to Education (RTE) Act only applies to EWS (Economically Weaker Section) children till Class VIII, and the exemption from paying fee and other expenses would end this year. We never expected this. Their annual fee is higher than what we earn, and ou

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Civil society networks urge political parties to go beyond election rhetoric

ed include the National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samnvay Samiti, Pension Parishad, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information, Right to Education Forum and the Satark Nagrik Sangathan. “The narrative of our Lok Sabha elections is being dictated by actors in Pakistan. Rather than presenting a score card of its five-year performance, Modi government is hiding behind the pr

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

e has no Class 8 certificate! Who is the more skilled among us is debatable. Of course, literacy is an essential tool, which is why the state has a basic responsibility to ensure that people have the Right to Education. However, the certificate of passing an exam may have little to do with real skills. Literacy, in any case, cannot be made more important than intelligence and ethics, which are native to the human species. If literacy was a remedy t

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ASER: Uptick in primary reading and maths, govt schools script turnaround -Sukrita Baruah and Uma Vishnu

-The Indian Express For the first time since 2010, slightly more than half (50.5%) of all children in Class 5 can read a Class 2 text book, up from 46.9% in 2012. Close to a decade since the Right to Education Act came into force and after years of flagging dismal learning levels, the latest Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2018) holds a glimmer of hope. While most children in primary classes (1 to 5) are still way below what is expect

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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

even more important than progressive taxation as a means of making a dent in the nexus of inequalities that blight the lives of the underprivileged in India. Unfortunately, the connection between the Right to Education and social justice is rarely made, except among Dalit activists and intellectuals.* The world economy is yet to recover from the economic crisis of 2008. Economists like Prabhat Patnaik observe that capitalism has reached a dead end now

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Central and state governments sit over 24 lakh vacancies amid debate over job drought -Atul Thakur

s (1.1 lakh). Apart from the vacancies in the centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which provides assistance to states and Union territories to maintain the desired pupil-teacher ratio under Right to Education norms, the bulk of these vacancies are in the domain of the states and Union territory administrations. A Lok Sabha question answered on March 27 quoting figures from the Bureau of Police Research & Development stated that there

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Detention no cure: on RTE Act amendment

-The Hindu The amendment to the Right to Education Act will only undermine its intent The legislation to amend the Right to Education Act to give States the power to detain students who fail an examination in Class 5 or 8 is a negative measure. Although many States want such a change, the amendment passed by the Lok Sabha goes against the view of many educationists, who argue that it would weaken on

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Why Kerala's public schools have seen a rise in student strength for the first time in 25 years -TA Ameerudheen

schools that were not approved by the government may have something to do with the rise in student strength. He said 1,585 unrecognised private schools were served closure notices last year under the Right to Education Act, 2009, the Right to Education Act, 2011, and the order of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. While a few of these schools managed to get stay orders from the Kera

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