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To improve education quality and widen the set of choices available to the economically weaker sections of society
To improve education quality and widen the set of choices available to the economically weaker sections of society

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AAP has allocated Rs 9,836 crore for education in its annual budget for 2015-16 implying a 106% rise compared to the previous budget. They also proposed to set up 236 new schools including 50 model schools, recruit 20,000 regular teachers and set up research-oriented incubation centres in universities and colleges, all part of a bid to ‘improve quality of education for the poor’.

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There are glaring statistical discrepancies in reportage by DISE and SSA. According to this article, SSA’s figures reflect no enrolment of students under the EWS/socially-disadvantaged quota whereas DISE reports 35,264 admissions. Other similar discrepancies in government statistical reportage affects credibility and measurability of social schemes critical for progress.

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The Quality Council of India (QCI) under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development will start a mandatory training program for teachers which begins when they complete their B.Ed and continues till they remain in service as teachers. The program will focus on pedagogical methods and skilling teachers to communicate effectively with students.

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NGOs and CSOs are the R&D hubs of the social sector with innovations that are making an impact in the communities they serve. By partnering with them, the government can scale the impact of these initiatives thus ensuring better outcomes for more people. We explore some of the successes of such partnerships in the education sector and their underlying principles.

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Women and Child Development Ministry is collaborating with private company, Vedanta under PPP mode to upgrade 4,000 anganwadi centres with modern facilities across many states in the first phase of the 'Nand Ghar Yojana' programme of the central government. Anganwadi centres provide better nutrition and elementary education to women and children.

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From July 1st third gender children in Uttar Pradesh will be placed in the existing category of ‘disadvantaged group’ and ‘weaker section’ under the RTE in all schools and receive free and compulsory education upto Std 8. Until now these transgender children were not recognised under the RTE and as a result neglected by the education system.

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This article comments on the importance of having sufficient information on the levels of learning our public schools deliver especially with regards to children left behind. When aggregated and analysed this becomes a powerful tool in education policymaking and implementation along with clear mechanisms for measuring accountability.

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Under RTE Act, the State government of Andhra Pradesh was asked to open 111 lower primary schools to replace 374 single-teacher schools located in remote hilly areas and coastal belts which cater to 11,888 vulnerable and backward children. However, failure to do so is affecting students as well as the teachers who are paid a pittance.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/schooling-a-distant-dream-for-them/article7340351.ece

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Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel welcomed students at the 3-day Shala Praveshotsav - annual school enrollment drive of the Gujarat government. She addressed students and teachers at the event and while lamenting the poor school grades and low student performance asked teachers to use innovative methods like ABL to teach students maths.

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During 2013-14, 83.02% schools were without computers, 18% schools also did not have library facilities. Many attribute the dismal performance of government schools to the lack of such facilities which augment the learning process. Sources also reveal that 704 Computer Aided Learning (CAL) centres were established but no procurement of materials was done leaving students in the state unknowledgeable about computers and internet.
http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/news-83-govt-schools-in-jk-san-computer-internet-facilities-mhrd-85770.aspx
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