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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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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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