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India slips in human development index

ing social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an average, have lower HDI than men across the world, th

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Aadhaar linked to mid-day meal: Why put the burden on children? -Kiran Bhatty and Dipa Sinha

ions making Aadhaar mandatory for receiving the benefits of government programmes. The most recent orders relate to an Aadhaar requirement for children to access schools (even under their fundamental Right to Education), mid-day meals, supplementary nutrition (ICDS) and scholarships. These directives raise a number of ethical as well as practical questions, besides violating children’s Right to Education More »

Centre amends RTE rules: States must now map learning outcomes

ent standards which help teachers to understand the learning levels of students in their respective classes, individually as well as collectively. THE HRD Ministry has amended the rules under the Right to Education (RTE) Act to make it compulsory for all state governments to codify expected levels of learning which students in Classes I to VIII should achieve in different subjects. A common practice globally, this is the first time that learnin

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Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget -Bappaditya Chatterjee

udget was "disappointing" and "unsatisfactory", considering the ground realities. "The Budget is disappointing. It paid no attention to the effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. A mere increase in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) by Rs 1,000 crore is not going to help in meaningful implementation of the RTE Act," Right to Education Forum Convenor Ambar

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Class III hope in poor progress report

vadekar stressed on improvement of quality of education in schools. He said the NCERT had come up with the expected class-wise learning outcome levels, which would be made part of the rules under the Right to Education Act. But Madhav Chavan, the CEO of Pratham, said the expected learning outcome levels should not be linked to specific classes but to stages like primary and upper primary.

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Niti Aayog calls for review of RTE Act -Yuthika Bhargava

-The Hindu The Niti Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right to Education Act that stipulate that children who don’t perform well cannot be held back up to class VIII. It said the good intention behind the norm is detrimental to the learning process. It has also suggested a system where direct benefit transfers offer the poor a choice between subsidised purchases or equivalent cash to buy their requirements from priva

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The widening class divide -Tanu Kulkarni

in a crowd of parents who have come to pick their children up in swanky cars. She works as a Group D employee at a government hospital, but thanks to the 25 per cent reservation quota mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, her seven-year-old son goes to a “big” CBSE-affiliated private school in in Bengaluru. Waiting for her child outside the school, she says she is thrilled that he can speak English. “My husband who is a dr

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Dropout pill: Aadhaar tabs on all students -Basant Kumar Mohanty

their parents and bring them back to school," Mehta said. Civil society groups, however, appeared skeptical about the success of the exercise. Ambarish Rai, an activist associated with the Right to Education Forum, said the 2010 RTE act had a provision to find out-of-school students and bring them back to school within three years. "The RTE act provision was never implemented on the ground. This tracking system is a good idea. But g

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NCERT advises Centre against scrapping 'no detention' policy, says dropout rate will rise

with it could lead to a spiral in the number of schoolgoers dropping out." The Javadekar-led ministry has been keenly pushing for doing away with the "no detention" clause under the Right to Education Act. According to NCERT’s website, "the RTE Act prohibits any public examination up to class VIII and no detention policy has to continue." The RTE Act, 2009 introduced the provision of no detention under article 1

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RTE admissions to go online in UP from next year -Rajeev Mullick

-Hindustan Times Lucknow: The admission process under Right to Education (RTE) in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted online from next academic session for easy scaling, improved transparency and better child tracking. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the basic education department to introduce the online system, saying it will help in completing the admission process faster. Yadav believes that the online system will help draw more admi

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