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Delhi's shiny happy sarkari schools -P Anima

d the appointment of new guest teachers. **** Any call to overhaul Delhi’s education system frequently comes up against the tussle over the no-detention policy — a vital part of the Right to Education Act. Says Kiran Bhatty, senior fellow at Centre for Policy Research, “The no-detention policy exists for a very good reason, and raising questions about it is unfair.” She further argues that it is short-sighted to blame

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Uncertainty over test for school teachers -Basant Kumar Mohanty

it teachers for elementary classes, taking advantage of loopholes in the language of the guidelines, they said. "The revised guidelines will unambiguously state that the test, mandated by the Right to Education Act, is compulsory for would-be teachers up to Class VIII," a council source said. Please click here to read more.

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Born in 1945, enrolled in Class II: How private schools siphoned off Rs 600 crore in Madhya Pradesh -Hemender Sharma

-India Today Private schools in Madhya Pradesh have siphoned off about Rs 600 crore under Right to Education since 2011 by providing fake data of students enrolled under the programme. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A man, who was born two years before Independence, has been shown as a student of class-II in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani. He is enrolled in a private school as beneficiary from an under-privileged family entitled to get benefits under the

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Indicators that matter: On the quality of public healthcare -Soumitra Ghosh

e best example to follow, it has some important lessons for India. For instance, Thailand has enacted a law to make quality health care a constitutionally guaranteed right. Unlike in India, where the Right to Education Act has been reduced to mere rhetoric, Thailand has undertaken structural reforms in the health sector to achieve the goals stated in the Health Act. Even before it started reforms to attain universal health coverage, it began massive i

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24 states look set to scrap no-detention policy in schools from 2018

ndia NEW DELHI: As many as 24 states are likely to scrap the no-detention policy in schools from 2018 with the Union Cabinet and Parliament approving the amendment of the relevant provision of the Right to Education act that allows the states to bring back evaluation-based promotions. According to a senior official, the change in the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act became necessary due to the fall in learning outcomes tha

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States are failing to spend their education budgets - because the budgets are too low -Shreya Roy Chowdhury

e of using the funds. This low utilisation has, in turn, resulted in low allocations under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – the only Central government scheme that supports the implementation of the Right to Education Act. Under the scheme, which was introduced in 2000-’01, states unable to utilise the funds received in a year got less than what was required in the next. According to Protiva Kundu of the think tank Centre for Budget and Gove

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Teachers get two-year window for valid degrees

, 2015 to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years from the date of commencement of the Act. This gives the 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers, appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognized degrees. The amendment bill gives them the final chance till March 2019 to get degrees or they may lose jobs. When the RTE Act was implemented in 2010, new schools were set up but qualifie

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The bleak new academic scenario -Krishna Kumar

ntly served this role, creating an ethos in which children’s education seemed to have become a major priority of the state. The success of these programmes emboldened the government to push the Right to Education (RTE) law through Parliament. Governments of many States registered their anxiety over their capacity to fund the implementation of RTE after the Central assistance provided under SSA runs dry. How valid that anxiety was is now amply

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By making Aadhaar mandatory, Delhi's government schools are shutting their doors to migrant children -Shreya Roy Chowdhury

nts of the slum are in this situation. In January, a teacher of a municipal school in the Dwarka area of West Delhi convinced the residents of this slum to send 28 of their children to school. The Right to Education Act, 2009 – which entitles all children between six and 14 years of age to free education – requires that these children be placed in age-appropriate classes, irrespective of whether they have been to school before. So, they

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Delhi government schools are turning away children who don't have Aadhaar -Shreya Roy Chowdhury Activists say the insistence on the unique ID for enrolment is a violation of the Right to Education Act and will lead to the exclusion of migrant children. On the morning of April 6, Uzma Begum took her nine-year-old daughter Iram to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in East Delhi’s New Seemapuri in an attempt to admit her into the government-run school. She had to return home unsuccessful. “Ghar mein bithao [Make your daughter

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