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RTE norms being flouted by nursery schools, say parents -Isha Sahni

-Hindustan Times Gurgaon: Parents seeking admission for their little ones complain that a number of private schools are not complying with Right to Education Act (RTE) in nursery admissions. They say private schools continue to screen students and parents looking for admission though RTE norms prohibit the exercise. A number of parents said schools, in the name of admission processes, conduct interactions and try to get information about their financial status and...

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Over 1 lakh schools in India have just 1 teacher -Yogesh Kumar

-The Times of India DEHRADUN: A report on single-teacher schools across the country, tabled in Parliament on Monday, has thrown up some alarming statistics on the education scenario in India. A solitary teacher is running the show in as many as 1,05,630 government elementary and secondary schools in the country, with MP emerging as the worst state where 17,874 of the institutions have just one teacher each. UP has the second-highest number...

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Social entrepreneurs and promoters of the platform Azadi.in -- Radhakrishnan Ram Manohar, Siddharth Vijayan, Praveen Paul and Stalvart John -- interviewed by Shilpa Nair Anand (The Hindu)

-The Hindu A crowd funding platform for legal fees, www.azadi.in, is enabling greater ease of access to justice for all. The founders are four young men from Kochi Four young men from Kochi - Radhakrishnan Ram Manohar, Siddharth Vijayan, Praveen Paul and Stalvart John – a couple of years back thought up something that won our hearts – ‘Sisters Across Borders’. Those were hard times in flood-hit Kashmir; aid was pouring in...

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Child labour by other means

-The Hindu The amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, passed by Parliament recently, demonstrate a lack of national commitment to abolishing all forms of child labour. Instead of attempting an overhaul of legislation that has proved ineffective in curbing the phenomenon, Parliament has allowed children up to the age of 14 to be employed in ‘family enterprises’, and created a new category of ‘adolescents’ (the 14-18 age...

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Down memory lane: Forest Rights Act yet to achieve major milestones -G Seetharaman

-The Economic Times The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, or the Forest Rights Act (FRA), is among India's most important legislation since 2005, along with the Right to Information Act and the Right to Education Act. FRA, which was passed in Parliament in December 2006 and which became operational in January 2008, recognises the rights of forest dwellers, including Scheduled Tribes and others,...

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