Education

Parties’ education promises won’t help poorer pupils – study

 None of the parties have a coherent strategy to improve access to good school places, the EPI says. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Voters should not be blinded by the main parties’ spending promises on education as their plans are unlikely to improve results for England’s most disadvantaged children, according to a thinktank. The Education Policy Institute said that while the Conservative, Labour and ... Read More »

Arts education should not be a luxury, says Julie Hesmondhalgh

Julie Hesmondhalgh in rehearsals for There Are No Beginnings. Photograph: Zoe Martin Julie Hesmondhalgh, the actor and campaigner, has accused policymakers of conspiring to limit access to arts and culture for British children. Reacting to a report into school provision, Hesmondhalgh told the Observer she was dismayed that arts education was now seen as a luxury. “The idea it is not career-oriented ... Read More »

Why states with best quality school education need to focus on improving infrastructure

This data is meant to be used to incetivise states to improve the quality of their education outcomes through “competitive and cooperative federalism”. (Express photo) Niti Aayog’s recently-released School Education Quality Index (SEQI) is yet another pointer towards the yawning north-south divide in education outcomes, with Kerala leading the ranking of 20 large states’ performance in school education, and Uttar ... Read More »

Special needs education breaking our budgets, warn councils

Councils said the number of youngsters requiring support had risen by 50,000 in five years. Photograph: Imageplotter/Rex/Shutterstock County councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets, with local authorities overspending by more than £100m last year to meet the sharp rise in demand. Research by the County Councils Network found that some councils ... Read More »

Draft Policy Proposes Increased Expenditure On Education

Draft National Education Policy makes provisions for increased investment in Education NEW DELHI:  When the Draft Education Policy was released, the suggested three-language formula got all the attention leaving several other major aspects of the policy unattended. The Draft National Education Policy, which had been in the making for quite some time now, is available in the public domain for suggestions and ... Read More »

How to Handle Yourself during IIT JEE Preparation

IIT JEE is one of the most prestigious entrance exams in India and it is the gateway to some of the best engineering institutions like IITs, NITs, CFITs and other top private institutions in the country. It is also a popular exam and every year lakhs of engineering aspirants register for the exam. Against such a backdrop, the competition is ... Read More »

School education needs to be scaled up

Apart from improving infrastructure, a massive overhaul of teacher training is a must to improve quality of education Bill Gates, in a restrained observation that ought to make us cringe, stated that his “biggest disappointment when it comes to India, is the education system. It should be far better.” Without reforming its educational system significantly, India will be a left-behind ... Read More »

No political interference in drafting of National Education Policy: K Kasturirangan

There was no political interference during the drafting of the National Education Policy, chairman of the drafting committee K Kasturirangan said on June 21.  Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of a lecture on the New Education Policy organised by the Central University of Rajasthan, he sought to address the concerns of states ruled by parties other than the ... Read More »

The little robot that could

Today, iRobot Corp. announced its acquisition of Root Robotics, Inc., whose educational Root coding robot got its start as a summer research project at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in 2011. Since then, it has developed into a robust learning tool that is being used in over 500 schools to teach children how to code in an engaging, intuitive way. ... Read More »

Shut Down Corrupt, Substandard Teacher Education Institutions: Draft Education Policy

The draft NEP report was prepared by the govt-appointed committee led by scientist K Kasturirangan. NEW DELHI:  The integrity and credibility of the teacher education system has unfortunately taken a great hit and witnessed a severe decline due to the thousands of “Teacher Education Institutions” that are solely commercial operations where little if any teacher education is taking place, says ... Read More »