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States must compete with each other on the basis of good governance: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman

parameters seriously,” he said while addressing a meeting at the Chennai International Centre here. Ranking of States based on parameters such as water, health, nutrition and school quality education, among others, has paid dividends. District hospitals will also be included in the parameters list soon. NITI Aayog SDG India Index rankings have been accepted by all the States. “This is a huge change,” he said. In the next tw

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For almost 15 million migrant children, education remains a luxury -Navya PK

to a city. They had found seasonal work in a brick kiln there. Sushil’s only option was to move to the kiln site and work alongside his parents. He had given up hopes of completing high school education, when he realised that other child labourers at the kiln were going to a ‘classroom’ located within the site. This learning centre was set up by Aide et Action, an NGO that works for the educa

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One Egg per Student Proves 'Too Expensive' for Jharkhand Government -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar Citing rising prices, the BJP government has reduced the number of eggs supplied in the mid-day meal from three to two in Jharkhand. Eleven states ruled by party do not supply any. New Delhi: In keeping with its party’s overall aversion to eggs, the BJP government in Jharkhand has decided to reduce the number of eggs supplied per week to children under the mid-day meal scheme from three to two. This step has apparently been taken in view of the rising price of eggs.

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Egg back on Raipur mid-day menu after regime change, not in Bhopal -Dipankar Ghose & Milind Ghatwai

opted to continue with the previous BJP government’s no-egg policy, the Chhattisgarh government Wednesday introduced the nutrient on the menu. The order issued by Chhattisgarh’s School education department includes a caveat: if children or parents have an objection to eggs, milk or other nutrition-rich items would be provided. But the directive has already drawn flak from the BJP for “imposition of this idea” on those who &l

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ASER 2018: In Math, education survey finds a growing gender divide -Sukrita Baruah

Wilima Wadhwa, director, ASER Centre, said it is possible that the gender gap in Mathematics is reinforced by existing perceptions on mathematical ability of girls. While the Annual Status of education Report (Rural), 2018 – or ASER – shows that the percentage of girls out of school is shrinking, it reports a gender divide in basic Math learning levels across age categories, which steadily increases as the children grow older. Adv

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Learning to compete: on Skill India -Santosh Mehrotra & Ashutosh Pratap

troduced the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). This organises all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude, just like classes in general academic education. For instance, level 1 corresponds to Class 9 (because vocational education is only supposed to begin in secondary school in many countries, including India). Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 correspond to Classe

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

e currently under-assessed and under-taxed property values. Only a quarter of the 10 per cent of GDP thus potentially mobilisable could go to UBIS; the rest can be spent on infrastructure, health and education. This allows roughly a grant of about Rs 16,000 to each household. If, to start with, it is given only to women, it’ll halve the cost (in my earlier piece there are typos in the cost estimates given for UBIS for only women; the correct amo

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ASER: Uptick in primary reading and maths, govt schools script turnaround -Sukrita Baruah and Uma Vishnu

dian Express For the first time since 2010, slightly more than half (50.5%) of all children in Class 5 can read a Class 2 text book, up from 46.9% in 2012. Close to a decade since the Right to education Act came into force and after years of flagging dismal learning levels, the latest Annual Status of education Report (ASER 2018) holds a glimmer of hope. While most children in primary classes (1 to 5

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