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The stranded generation -Shriya Mohan

the 14-18 age group — namely, youth on the cusp of adulthood, about to vote and work for the very first time, the first batch of students who have been full beneficiaries of eight years of the Right to Education Act. ASER interviewed 28,323 youth across 26 rural districts in 24 States to map their learning abilities and aspirations. Muskan and a few others like her who were surveyed by ASER, shared their stories in the short video screened a

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Another Budget, Another Year of Ignoring Binding Laws on Rights -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

avings” from Aadhaar-based exclusion are not even being reallocated to add new beneficiaries (to maintain the numbers required under the law), but being used to reduce grain allocations. The Right to Education Act is being reduced to an announcement of what should be, without the resources to carry out its legal mandate. Activists and educationists have persistently quoted the Kothari Commission recommendations for over 50 years to try and ge

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In Odisha, schools are the dropouts -Elizabeth Kuruvilla

for having less than 10 students each. It’s less than a decade since the Indian government displayed some political will to achieve the goal of universal and equitable education by passing the Right to Education Act. But the failure, in practically all the States, of hundreds of government-run neighbourhood schools to even stay open betrays a lack of seriousness in implementing the RTE. In Odisha, the Ranaguda case is hardly the first instan

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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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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 the Act’s provisions of free and compul

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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 Report — Rural) survey are among the firs

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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 the Army or go for police jobs (17.6 per cent

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Suggestion to punish parents -Basant Kumar Mohanty

d including a provision for punishing parents if they don't send their wards to schools. A draft report placed before a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (Cabe) on Monday said the Right to Education Act needed to be looked into afresh. "The provisions of the RTE Act 2009 need to be re-looked as there is no penal provision for parents who do not send their children to school," the report, on the extension of the act to

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