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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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Campaign on dropout students in Rajasthan focuses on right to education -Mohammad Iqbal

-The Hindu The campaign, launched by the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority, has identified over 42,400 such children Jaipur: A campaign for bringing dropout students back to schools, launched by the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority, has identified over 42,400 such children through para-legal volunteers in the State. With its mandate to ensure right to education for each child, the Authority has initiated action in collaboration with the State government's Education Department for...

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Govt denies kids cash for school -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph A sizeable portion of collections under the Primary Education Cess was never transferred to Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh The money every taxpayer pays towards the Primary Education Cess, meant to improve the quality of government schooling in the country, is not being used entirely for the purpose. A sizeable portion of the collections under the 2 per cent cess was never transferred to the Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh (PSK), the dedicated corpus...

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Central and state governments sit over 24 lakh vacancies amid debate over job drought -Atul Thakur

-The Times of India In time of a raging debate over jobless growth, nearly 24 lakh posts are lying vacant with the central and state governments, data compiled from answers to various questions in Parliament show. A Rajya Sabha question answered on February 8 shows that the largest chunk is the over 10 lakh vacant positions for teachers in elementary (9 lakh) and secondary schools (1.1 lakh). Apart from the vacancies in the...

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House panel rap on govt for slashing school funds share

-The Telegraph New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has criticised the government over the "decreasing" budgetary allocation for school education in terms of its share of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the tardy progress in setting up Navodaya schools. In terms of the GDP share, the allocation has been declining for the past five years. The allocation of Rs 50,000 crore for 2018-19 is Rs 15,000 crore less than what the school...

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