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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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How new law marks paradigm shift, gives mentally ill many clear rights -Abantika Ghosh

ch essentially perpetuates the status quo, pleading that given current constraints of infrastructure and resources, the government cannot institute a “right to health” on the lines of the Right to Education. Challenges in the way This is not to say that the government’s arguments against a right to health do not apply to the right to mental health. Between 2% and 5% of Indians are said to be suffering from mental illnesses &mda

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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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