Education
 
Restoring dignity to the teaching profession in India
Ashish Dhawan
Posted on: 07 Feb 2014
Topics:   Education

It is unfortunate that the teaching profession in India is no longer considered an attractive career option by young, bright people. This article outlines a plan to make teaching a more viable profession in India. It recommends strengthening teacher education institutions, incorporating practical experience into teacher preparation programmes, promoting performance-linked rewards and career progression, and creating a more professional environment for teachers.
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Is the policy focus shifting from school education to higher education in India?
Ashish Bhardwaj , Anamika Srivastava
Posted on: 25 Aug 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

The overall allocation for education has been reduced in the 2015-16 union budget, with an increase in allocation for higher education and decrease in allocation for school education. In this article, Bharadwaj and Srivastava explore whether the policy focus is really shifting from school education to higher education. They argue that while it is important to focus on higher education and skill development to plug the gap created by poor quality school education, this can only be a transitory arrangement.
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Ensuring learning at the elementary stage: Are children school-ready?
Aparajita Bhargarh Chaudhary , Venita Kaul
Posted on: 19 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

In this article, Venita Kaul and Aparajita Bhargarh Chaudhary from the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development, Ambedkar University, present evidence from their research to emphasise the importance of good preschool education to prepare children to learn well in elementary school, and recommend adding a preschool class to all existing schools.

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Holding the teacher education enterprise accountable for its performance
Amita Chudgar
Posted on: 20 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

Research on the performance of trained and untrained teachers fails to find that students of trained teachers always perform better. In this article, Amita Chudgar, Associate Professor of Education Policy at Michigan State University’s College of Education, argues that while a focus on teacher assessment and accountability is important, teacher training institutes must be held accountable for providing appropriate teacher training.

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Ten steps to transform the quality of education in India
Sridhar Rajagopalan
Posted on: 19 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

In this article, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, suggests 10 initiatives that can help transform the quality of education in India.

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Assessments in school education: The current debate
Azim Premji Foundation
Posted on: 23 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

There is an active ongoing debate in the country on the move to scrap the No-Detention Policy and the efficacy of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation, which were introduced under the Right to Education Act. In this article, Azim Premji Foundation puts forth the argument that if one understood the idea behind assessments in the progressive paradigm of education, the need for these initiatives would become clear.

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Getting reading right, right now
Lant Pritchett
Posted on: 24 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

In this article, Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, contends that children of 2015 in India are not getting the education they need to be ready to lead the polity, society and economy of the country in 2050. To fix the problem, we should start by ensuring that every child is taught to read fluently by grade 3.

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New Education Policy: Incorporating a ‘Right to Learn’ Act
Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Posted on: 04 Dec 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

In this article, Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor of Education Economics and International Development, University College London, discusses some of the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009 that are leading to declining learning levels. In her view, the most important plank of the New Education Policy must be to nullify the effect of such provisions by bringing in a new ‘Right to Learn’ Act, 2016 to supersede the RTE.

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New Education Policy: Addressing institutional concerns
Kiran Bhatty
Posted on: 22 Dec 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

Failure of education policy has been attributed, at least in part, to implementation issues. In this article, Kiran Bhatty, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research, contends that the poor state of institutional capacity in education, especially at the lower levels of administration, does not receive sufficient attention. The New Education Policy should include a plan for institutional reforms as these are critical for successful implementation of policies and programmes.

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Introduction to e-Symposium: Ideas for reforms in education policy in India
Rukmini Banerji , Ashok Kotwal
Posted on: 18 Nov 2015
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

A New Education Policy is being formulated in India based on a time-bound grassroots consultative process. As a contribution to the discussions, Rukmini Banerji of the education NGO Pratham and Ashok Kotwal, Editor-in-Chief, I4I, are hosting an e-symposium on ideas for reforms in education policy. Over the next few days, the e-symposium will bring together key findings from recent research in education and experience-based insights by stakeholders from academia and civil society.

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