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India's Small Schools are Failing to Provide Equal Education to Rural Children -Tanoj Meshram The new National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020 hereafter) has rekindled the debate on the various kinds of problems in Indian education. One of the problems which has bothered me is the need for reforms in rural government elementary schools, more specifically the need for addressing the problem of sub-optimal schooling experiences and poor learning outcomes of poor rural children. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 brought out...

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40% of toilets surveyed by CAG in government schools non-existent, unused

-The Hindu Over 1.4 lakh toilets were built by 53 CPSEs, with key support coming from power, coal and oil firms Public sector units claimed to have constructed 1.4 lakh toilets in government schools as part of a Right to Education project, but almost 40% of those surveyed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) were found to be non-existent, partially constructed, or unused. In an audit report presented in...

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As classes go online, how can the Right to Education be guaranteed for students without net access? -Rohan Deshpande The expectation that students will buy devices to receive education at their own cost is contrary to the spirit of the RTE Act. In April 2010, India brought into force the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, acknowledging the state’s responsibility to provide free and compulsory education to all children from the age of six to 14 years. The act was a consequence of Article 21A being...

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Bihar: After NHRC, HC prod, work begins to bring meals to kids -Dipankar Ghose

-The Indian Express The order came even as the Patna High Court and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognisance of The Indian Express report. Bhagalpur: IN THE STAFF room of the Primary School in Shahabad, Principal Devendra Kumar Singh and teacher Juhi Kumari squinted into the smartphone to read the latest state government order on mid-day meals. Parents of at least three children from Badbilla who study in...

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Under-age enrolment at primary level in Tamil Nadu schools is over 10% -S Poorvaja

-The Hindu Data reveals that 11.64% of children enrolled in class I in the 2017-18 academic year were below the age of 6 Chennai: Nearly 11.64 % of children who enrolled in Class I in the 2017-2018 academic year in Tamil Nadu had enrolled before they turned 6. Six years is the minimum age mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act for class I. In the 2015 and 2016 academic years...

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