school education

100% marks! Is it time to revamp the system?

Class XII and X results are out. This year too, students have scored cent per cent marks. But this madness of marks, with students scoring 100% even in subjects like literature, is getting educators worried, and thus questioning the evaluation process employed by the boards. Experts believe that this trend of ‘perfect score’ discriminate against students who are creative and lack the aptitude for memorising. It is all about numbers now, they feel.

Amendment to RTE Act: Educationists, experts oppose bill to scrap no-detention policy till Class 8

No class is specified after which detention will be legal, implying that children can be held back from entry level.

A day before the Delhi Assembly discusses the amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act that will do away with the “no-detention policy”, educationists, NGOs and experts alike have come out in strong opposition of the move. They have called it “damaging, regressive and counter-productive” for school education.

Nobel laureate James J Heckman talks highlights value of investing in early childhood

MUMBAI: The Centre for Civil Society partnered with University of Chicago to host Nobel laureate James Heckman. Professor James J Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service professor of Economics at The University of Chicago and an expert in the economics of human development.

Where private and public co-exist: The opportunity in the Right to Education Act

Over the years, India has aspired to provide education to every child in the age group of 6-14. Sadly, as some recent surveys and data show, there is a huge gap between aspirations and actual achievements. This gap can only be filled by encouraging private involvement over and above reforming government schools.

State of elementary education in India

Are private schools better?

It is in recognition of the merit of private schools that the Act says they must reserve seats for the poor. Why not give students a 100 per cent choice?

The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act entrusts the government with the responsibility to ensure that every child gets quality education in India. Does this mean that every child has to go to a building called “government school”? Is the school’s ownership really critical to assuring education? Does it really matter to parents and children where they get quality education?

School Choice National Conference: Opening Remarks

Good morning!  It is my great honor to welcome you to the School Choice National Conference. It’s hosted by the School Choice Campaign of the Centre for Civil Society. CCS practices Social Change through Public Policy! We are a think tank that uses research and advocacy to review and recommend changes in policy in the areas of education, livelihood, and governance and also engages India’s youth through our New Ideas, New Leaders programs.

Education System - promote more ‘idiots’

Our pedagogy should look beyond exams and help students fulfil their dreams. Since decades, the education policy India should follow has been a matter of debate. Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” has only intensified the discussion. In the movie, there is a flashback scene where the child protagonist attends classes of his choice. The child grows up to become a renowned scientist. The film questions the system of evaluation on the basis of examination in particular and the education system in general. In my view, this is a valid criticism.

SSA: Expanding the failed education system

Since its launch in 2001, SSA has infused substantial new resources into India’s elementary education. In a sense, even before the Fundamental Right to Education became part of the Constitution, SSA has been striving to fulfill that right of the children in the age group of 6-14. Last year the budget allocation for SSA was Rs 7,800 crore, this year it is Rs 11,000 crore. This is on the top of the massive spending on the universalisation of elementary education.