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24 states look set to scrap no-detention policy in schools from 2018

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: As many as 24 states are likely to scrap the no-detention policy in schools from 2018 with the Union Cabinet and Parliament approving the amendment of the relevant provision of the Right to Education act that allows the states to bring back evaluation-based promotions. According to a senior official, the change in the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act became necessary due to...

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States are failing to spend their education budgets - because the budgets are too low -Shreya Roy Chowdhury Chronic underspending on education has created governance systems that are unable to use the allocated funds. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found that states failed to spend over Rs 10,000 crores made available to them for elementary education every year between 2010-’11 and 2015-’16. The auditor’s report, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on July 21, reviewed the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and...

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Teachers get two-year window for valid degrees

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill allowing teachers appointed on or before March 31, 2015 to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years from the date of commencement of the Act. This gives the 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers, appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognized...

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The bleak new academic scenario -Krishna Kumar

-The Hindu Liberalisation has eroded the institutional capacity to train young people who might pursue liberal values The other day, a student asked me what exactly the word ‘liberal’ mean. She wanted to know whether ‘liberalisation’ promotes ‘liberal’ values. She had noticed that institutions of higher education, which are supposed to promote liberal values, were finding it difficult to resist ideological and commercial pressures triggered by the process of economic liberalisation. So,...

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By making Aadhaar mandatory, Delhi's government schools are shutting their doors to migrant children -Shreya Roy Chowdhury Both children and their parents need the unique identity number to get admission, receive benefits under the education law. Along the Sagarpur nala (drain) near Uttam Nagar in West Delhi lives a community of grinding stone makers originally from Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. They say they have lived in the row of shacks along the stormwater drain for over a decade now. But they have no documents to prove this. “No power...

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