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Third of girls in South Asia miss school during periods: report 22.5.2018 General News
More than a third of girls in South Asia miss school during their periods, a report said today, with a lack of toilets and cultural taboos about menstruation among the factors impeding their education. The study by WaterAid and UNICEF also found many girls across the region -- up to two-thirds in Sri Lanka -- did not know about menstruation before starting their periods Many schools in the region of more than 1.7 billion did not provide enough toilets for girls. This, coupled with a lack of access to proper sanitary pads, meant students were choosing to stay at home during their periods. "Girls have an irrevocable right to education, which is lost if they feel unable to attend lessons because of a lack of sanitary products or clean, private toilets at school," said Tim Wainwright, WaterAid chief executive, in a statement. "Governments simply need to ensure that every school has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene." In one district of eastern Nepal there was just one toilet ...
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Gujarat: A year later, fuming RTE parents claim school charging excess money 22.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Few parents of children studying under RTE Act have approached the District Education Officer (DEO) expressing their concerns over behaviour of the school. A mother of Bansri Rajnikumar, Sapnaben in her letter to DEO stated that after a year of studying under RTE, a school in Narol is demanding fees under various names. She said, "The school this year has sought money for books and other things and told us that they are charging because they have received less funds from the government to sponsor an RTE child. When we inquired about the Act, as realised that we are not supposed to pay any fees. We want DEO to investigate the matter." Another parent requesting anonymity said, "We have got admission this year for our son. But when we went to the school, in Vejalpur, they said that the child should know English as it is an English medium school. We have tried to meet the DEO but he was not available. The last date to submit and confirm admission is till 26th." When DNA attempted to contact Navneet Mehta, ...
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Central government plans Bill in Parliament to scrap 'no-detention' rule 22.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The Central government plans to introduce a bill in the Parliament soon to scrap the existing 'No-Detention' clause, which currently does not allow schools to 'detain' students between classes 5 and 8. Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday told Zee 24 Taas in Pune that many states have demanded that the policy be scraped. "We have formulated a bill in this regard which will be passed in the upcoming session of the Parliament. Schools will conduct exams for class 5 and 8 and if a student fails, he will be given a second chance to pass the exams. However, if he/she fails in the second attempt, the school can them detain the child. The move will help improve learning outcomes," Javadekar said. The minister said that the government is also planning to reduce the syllabus across all standards. "Children in class 2 are given seven books which is a lot for their age. This puts a lot of burden on them and it has to stop," he said. The 'no-detention' policy which is a key component of the RTE act was ...
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Gujarat Government witnesses drop in RTE applications from special category students 20.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Data released by the state government has shown a significant drop in the number of applications received from students under the special category for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. Applications received under RTE from special students are 457 as against 1,432 last year. The report further reveals an alarming drop in the number of special students who received admissions this year. While 13 applications were received from children with HIV and four had made it to the final admission list last year, 21 applications have been received in the same category this year and only one student has secured admission. The state government had last year extended its reach to students belonging to different categories with an aim of inclusive education.The students included orphans, HIV affected children, children of migrating labourers, mentally challenged, children with special needs, etc. However, after round one of admissions, nearly 30,000 seats remained vacant and nearly 80,000 ...
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Admission shocker: 32,293 seats in RTE go vacant in Gujarat 19.5.2018 DNA: Mumbai
In a shocking development, round one of admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) Act has revealed a worrisome situation with nearly 32000 seats across the state going vacant.  While this year, the state government had increased the seats by 75%, of the 125729 applications approved by the District Primary Education Officer (DPEO), only 80199 got admissions. In April, the state government had announced that they had a target of 105000 seats across the state for RTE admissions as against 60,000 last year. However, with round 1 having only 80199 admissions, the situation seems worrisome as many did not get admissions. SP Chaudhary, Deputy Director, Primary education said, “The reason for nearly 32000 seats going vacant is that many parents did not fill school as per their choice. For example, a school has five seats and preference for that school is by 15 applicants, only five would get admission. Parents were given many choices for schools this year. Interestingly, nearly 60,000 students got admissions ...
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Maha brings more castes in RTE Act's under-privileged category 17.5.2018 General News
The Maharashtra government today incorporated more caste groups and communities in the beneficiary list of students seeking admission in schools under the Right To Education (RTE) Act. Until now, the under-privileged category included students from SC (scheduled caste), ST (scheduled tribe), and Divyangs classes, which is now updated. All categories from VJ & NT (Vimukta Jati and Nomadic tribes), OBC (Other Backward Classes), and SBC (Special Backward Class) are inducted into the under-privileged category with a view to ensure that no student is deprived of education, a government resolution (GR) said. Under the updated list, HIV-positive students can also seek admission under the RTE Act, it stated. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), enacted in August 2009, describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 under Article 21a of the Constitution. The Act ...
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School's kicking our children out, says Parents 17.5.2018 DNA: Opinion
Pedder Road's Activity School, which had given admission to two siblings on humanitarian grounds years ago, has this year asked their parents to pay their fees if they want them to continue studying at the ICSE-board institute. Parents of the two children. who cleared Class III and senior kindergarten this year, alleged that the school wants to kick them out because their mother, who worked with the housekeeping staff at the school, was sacked over a medical leave. Manish Vinjuda, father of the two boys, Harsh and Devang, said the school is not ready to continue providing complimentary education to his two children because of his wife's record. "My firstborn, Harsh, was admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in 2012. I haven't paid his fees ever." He claimed that during the admission, he had written to the school seeking admission under RTE, and appended his pay slips as proof of income. Vinjuda said that when he approached the school to admit his second child, Devang, the school offered his ...
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Schools ask students under RTE quota to cough up money, allege parents 16.5.2018 Hindu: Cities
Say this is against the rules mandated by the Department of Public Instruction
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HC seeks response of Delhi govt, school on student's plea under EWS category 16.5.2018 General News
The Delhi High Court today sought response of a private school and the state government on a plea of a student seeking continuation of her studies in that school under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. Justice Rekha Palli sought reply of the school in Rohini and the Delhi government after the VIII standard student alleged that she was not allowed to continue studies under EWS category despite providing necessary documents. The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 13. The student alleged that the school's action was violative of her fundamental right to education. Advocate Ashok Agarwal, appearing for the girl child, sought direction to the school to allow her to continue her studies in one its branches in Rohini in class IX under EWS category. The plea also sought direction to Delhi government to take action against the school for not allowing the girl to continue her studies there.
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Transport facility to children of habitations without schools 16.5.2018 General News
The Telangana Government has issued orders to provide transport facility to children of 1,862 habitations without schools in the state. The government would provide transportation facility to 20,754 children of 1,862 habitations which are without schools in Telangana during the 2018-19 academic year, a Government Order (GO) said. The transport facility has been provided to the children under the Right to Education Act, 2009. The list of habitations without schools was appended to the G.O.
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Free education for EWS kids: Centre, govt’s reply sought 16.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Petition by NGO seeks free education for EWS students in unaided schools beyond Class VIII
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PIL in HC for free education up to class 12 for poor students in private schools 15.5.2018 General News
The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre and the AAP government in the national capital on a PIL seeking free education for students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG), up to class 12, in private unaided schools. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Delhi government and sought their replies to the plea filed by an NGO, which has claimed that the students admitted in private unaided schools under the EWS and DG categories are being asked to pay the fee or leave after they complete Class 8. The NGO, Social Jurist, in its petition filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, has sought an amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 to provide free education to poor and disadvantaged kids, up to Class 12, in the private unaided schools. Agarwal told the court that the Delhi government, under its Right of Children to Free ..
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HC issues notice for free education of underprivileged 15.5.2018 General News
Delhi High Court today issued notices to Centre and Delhi government in regard to Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking free education to students belonging to Disadvantaged Group (DG) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).The PIL was filed seeking the amendment in Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009 to provide free education in unaided schools beyond class VIII and up to class XII.The next date of hearing in this matter is scheduled for September 26.Currently, students admitted under RTE around the country are facing the threat of discontinuing their studies after Class VIII."The very objective of RTE of allowing DG/EWS students to study in unaided schools would be defeated if they are not allowed to continue studies up to class XII and complete their schooling", argued Advocate Ashok Agarwal, who also happens to be the petitioner.
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Call to rein in private educational institutions 15.5.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Roundtable decries collection of exorbitant fee
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Maha moving towards permitting cluster universities: Tawde 13.5.2018 General News
The Maharashtra government was moving towards giving permission to "cluster universities" in which students would be able to get degrees in multiple disciplines, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde today said. "The Maharashtra government is now heading towards giving permission for cluster universities. About 10-12 cluster universities would start functioning in the state in the near future and students would get multi-disciplinary degrees," Tawde said while addressing the media at the Shivaji University-Kolhapur campus here. As per the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development's Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)- National Higher Education Mission, a cluster university is one that gets created after converting colleges in close proximity to form one unit. The minister said that one of the distinctive features of these cluster universities would be a choice-based credit system (CBCS). As per the Union HRD ministry, the CBCS will enable students to take ...
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POCSO deliberated 10.5.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
POCSO deliberated
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With rules getting stringent, only 50% RTE applications approved by Gujarat government 10.5.2018 DNA: Top News
With stringent rules for filtering applications for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, nearly 50% of the applications have been approved by the state government. As against nearly 187644 applications, only 96000 have been approved after scruitinising all the applications. While the number of approved applications may increase, with one more day to go for the approval process, the state government this year has ensured that cases of forged documents are eliminated in the beginning itself. This year, the number of applications also witnessed a jump of nearly 50% compared to last year's figure. For 60,000 seats last year, the state had received 124954 applications, whereas this year, till the afternoon of May 9, a total of 187644 applications were received for 105000 seats across the state. As per the process, once applications are received, they are first confirmed based on documentation which is then filtered by receiving centres and eventually by the District Primary Education officer. ...
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Meppadi turns its schools into learning aids 8.5.2018 Hindu: News
The grama panchayat has set up collaborative classrooms in four government schools
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There is a learning crisis in South Asia, only half primary-aged child... 7.5.2018 DNA: Bangalore
There is a learning crisis in South Asia, only half primary-aged child...
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South Asia facing 'learning crisis': UNICEF 7.5.2018 General News
There is a "learning crisis" in South Asia where only about half of the primary-aged children are receiving education with minimum standards, the UN's Children's Fund UNICEF warned today. Investing in children is critical to achieving the sustainable development goals, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said as he inaugurated a three-day South Asian Conference on 'Learning Generation and Delivery Approaches', organised by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) here. Nepal's Constitution guarantees right to education to every child, Oli said. Regional Director for UNICEF South Asia Jean Gough said: "While impressive strides have been made in achieving universal primary education, we have a learning crisis in South Asia with only about half of primary-aged children receiving education with minimum learning standards. "We need much greater investment and increased quality education for girls and boys alike if we hope to see the next generation reach their full potential". UNICEF has joined hands ...
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