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 Education for Life
Beyond funding
Published on : Wednesday, November 10, 2010
THE National Examination Council and West African Examination Council have recently released their results. Changing systems do not actually solve the challenges associated with the decline in quality of education. The qualities of publications used by students in West Africa are largely of poor quality when compared with the ones in other parts of the world. The quality of education being dished out should be a concern to all, writes Thompson Ayodele and Olusegun Sotola in The Guardian, Nigeria.
We need all the schools we can get
Published on : Sunday, September 26, 2010
Our current education regulatory structures don’t recognise the diversity of human motivations. What matters is not private vs government or profit vs non-profit schools but good vs bad schools. Let biodiversity prevail. A case can be made for make allowing profit in education as we are in an education emergency, reports Business Standard.
Set Priorities Right
Published on : Friday, September 17, 2010
Millions of Indian children are denied access to primary and secondary education, as of poor schooling, social and family conditions. If it remains that way, the country won't achgieve many of its goals. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act is noble, but is unlikely to achieve its objectives. It would only constrict the autonomy of private schools, writes Ashok Malik in The Times Of India.
Obama Continues Pushing Absurd College Agenda
Published on : Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Obama's idea that we should raise the college graduation arted to regail leadership is as absurd as his notion that the way to increase employment and output is through government "stimulus" spending. Many college graduates end up in low paying jobs. Marginally performing students are coming to the conclusion that college won't do them any good, and they are right taking in the context of their lives. More Government spending will put money in the pockets of bureaucrats, professor and other parasites, but won't do any good, writes George Leef in American Thinker.
Hidden Assets: South Africa's low-fee private schools
Published on : Thursday, August 12, 2010
Centre For Development And Enterprise has conducted many studies on private schooling in South Africa. In a recent study, it was found that 30 percent of the total sample are private school, which is much higher than the official figures. Students perform much better in standardized tests, and the teacher-pupil ratio is much higher in private schools. Paying for schooling plays a significant role in making school authorities more accountable to parents, says a study of Centre For Development And Enterprise .
Law threatens low-cost private schools
Published on : Friday, June 25, 2010
The Right To Education Act threatens many schools which operate on a shoe string budget. There are more than 75,000 such schools in India, operated by small businessmen. RTE stipulates that the schools should have huge pay grounds and high salaries, but if implemented, the fee would rise four fold, writes Anupama Chandrasekaran in Mint.
More than just a slap on the wrist
Published on : Saturday, June 19, 2010
Corporal punishment is a barbaric practice. Yet, it flourishes in India. It is partly because school authorities think they can get away with anything they do to our children. The Government has artificially restricted the supply of schools serving the middle class, writes Vir Sanghvi in Hindustan Times.
Indian Students and the Strangulating State
Published on : Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The results of IIT Entrance, one of the most competitive exams in the world were out last week. Students from varied backgrounds managed to clear the exam. India has one of the youngest workforces in the world, but very few of them have formal training and most of them are unemployable.The Right to education act will aggravate the problem. Government has virtually prohibited for-profit activity in education, writes Barun Mitra in The Wall Street Journal.
Building Bostons, not Kanpurs
Published on : Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Indian cities do not think of their universities and research institutes as important drivers of urban growth. At most, they are seen as utilitarian places for teaching students. Their importance for clustering human capital and driving innovation is simply not seen as part of overall urban strategy, writes Sanjeev Sanyal in Business Standard.
Why quantity is important in education
Published on : Friday, April 23, 2010
The recent public policy decisions in education evade the fact that quantity leads to quality. the Governmnet artificially restricts the number of admits in higher education institutions. This is license Raj and not unfettered competition. Institutions are figuring out ways to differentiate and be more creative, writes Manish Sabharwal in the Financial Express.

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February 15-17 : Forest Rights Act Training Workshop, Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh
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January 24th-25th : Forest Right Act Training Workshop, CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha
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