Depriving government school children of tasty and nutritious food because of certain religious beliefs

Several reports in the media had highlighted the violations of prescribed menu by Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in supply of food under Mid-day Meals (MDM) scheme in Karnataka, by refusing to use onion and garlic in the food. Instead of standing up to the imposition of religious agenda in a public scheme, Government of Karnataka, … More Depriving government school children of tasty and nutritious food because of certain religious beliefs

Increase in student suicides: Commercialisation of education dividing, destroying youth power

By Sheshu Babu* Summer is not only ‘cruelest’ season with rising heat and water connected problems to people but also it is a ‘testing’ time for many young students who dream of bright future and decent life. This is also a peak season for suicide-related incidents for secondary and higher secondary as well as competitive … More Increase in student suicides: Commercialisation of education dividing, destroying youth power

Exposure to midday meals increases students’ learning achievement, albeit at a decreasing rate

Excerpts from the study, “School Feeding and Learning Achievement: Evidence from India’s Midday Meal Program”, accepted for publication in 2019 by the “Journal of Development Economics”: School feeding programs are ubiquitous. The World Food Program estimated that in 2013, 368 million children, or 1 in 5, received a school meal at a total cost of US$ 75 … More Exposure to midday meals increases students’ learning achievement, albeit at a decreasing rate

Need to effectively defend Centre’s teachers’ reservation ordinance against PIL in Supreme Court

In a letter to Prakash Javadekar, Union human resource development minister, PS Krishnan, former secretary, ministry of welfare, Government of India, has insisted on the need to effectively defend the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019 against the Public Interest Litigation filed on March 8, 2018 in the Supreme Court, even as … More Need to effectively defend Centre’s teachers’ reservation ordinance against PIL in Supreme Court

Knowledge has become salable commodity, learning is reduced to acquiring “marketable” skills

Resolution on education by the All-India Forum for Right To Education (AIFRTE), which took out Shiksha Hunkar Rally in Delhi on February 18, 2019: The crisis in Education has resulted from the failure of successive Central and state governments to strategically plan, and financially and administratively invest in creating the necessary infrastructure to achieve the … More Knowledge has become salable commodity, learning is reduced to acquiring “marketable” skills

The skewed priorities of government in educational sector manifests in low learning levels

By Moin Qazi* The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves. –Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan The building blocks of a nation are the citizens of its tomorrow. The way these seeds will sprout will always depend on the way you choose to water them. India’s education sector is one of the largest sunrise sectors … More The skewed priorities of government in educational sector manifests in low learning levels

Status of education of Gujarat’s denotified, nomadic tribes: At least 33% never enrolled, 25% drop outs

The Gujarat chapter of the “Socio-Economic Status and Educational Attainment and Challenges of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes” , a study  sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research India, studies Denotified and Nomadic Tribes, stigmatized as ‘Born Criminals’ during the British rule – Wagher, Koli, Chuvaliya Koli, Sandhi, Chhara, Dafer, Miyana, Turi, Vanjara … More Status of education of Gujarat’s denotified, nomadic tribes: At least 33% never enrolled, 25% drop outs