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Punjab farmers panel gives education scenario poor report card by Priya Yadav

The worst fears about education in Punjab have come true. Nearly 9.5% children of school-going age have never been inside a classroom, while about 38% people in villages are illiterate. A new survey on rural education has blown the lid off SAD-BJP government's claim on improvement on this front. Punjab State Farmer's Commission has compiled a report and submitted it to the chief secretary, Punjab. "The report has indicated that the...

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Inclusive growth: Malnutrition-education link by DP Chaudhri & Raghbendra Jha

The approach paper for the 12th Five-Year Plan with focus on faster, sustained and inclusive growth is candid and forward-looking. On poverty reduction, the document notes, without comment, the annual trend decline of 0.8% accelerating to 1% during 2004-05 to 2009-10, against a promised target of 2% in the 11th Plan. It emphasises that India will easily meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving poverty by 2015, over 25...

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RTE may prove a game-changer by Julie Mariappan & M Ramya

Private school admissions may soon see a sweeping change if the government has its way after notifying rules under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act. While the government plans to ensure 25% reservation for underprivileged children by assigning officials to closely monitor the admission process in all schools, including unaided private institutions, a proposal to impose a firstcome-first-served rule may do away with preferential admissions...

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Ashok Agarwal, Senior Advocate interviewed by TK Rajalakshmi

ASHOK AGARWAL, a Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court, has been litigating for the right of education, primarily for those belonging to the weaker sections of society. In fact, even before the actual enactment of the Right to Education Bill, he had campaigned forcefully among policymakers to reinforce the link between Out-of-school Children and child labour. He was involved in several rounds of discussions...

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Kerala's lessons by R Krishnakumar

The State's public education system faces the threat of dilution from several quarters. WHEN a national law is finally in place to ensure that not a single child is out of school, there is a growing concern in Kerala, which already has a well-established, though languishing, public education system, about the United Democratic Front (UDF) government's moves to sanction a large number of private, unaided schools. The decision to issue no...

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