Education Ministry report: At least 40% school children in 7 large states lack access to digital devices

What is the news?  The report, “Initiatives by the School Education Sector in 2020-21“, released by the Union Ministry of Education talks about the response to challenges thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic.  What are the key findings of the report?  The report shows that 40% to 70% of school-going children in seven large states do not have access to digital… Continue reading Education Ministry report: At least 40% school children in 7 large states lack access to digital devices

India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

What is the news? United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently released its 2021 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “No Teachers, No Class”. About the State of the Education Report (SOER) for India It is an annual flagship report of UNESCO New Delhi. So far, two editions have been… Continue reading India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the ‘National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools’ for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. What is the National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools? This scheme will replace the existing national programme for mid-day meals in schools or Mid-day Meal Scheme. Aim… Continue reading Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

Missing skills: Low employability calls for academia-industry link

Synopsis:  Given the poor employability of Indian graduates, urgent steps are needed to address the skill gaps. Introduction The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 were recently released. The report reveals that no Indian Higher Education Institution is in the top 100 and only 3 HEI can make a place in the top 200. This shows the… Continue reading Missing skills: Low employability calls for academia-industry link

Building more inclusive, welcoming schools for LGBTQ+ children

Synopsis:  Not just infrastructure and process revamp, we also need reforms in curriculum and teacher education. Introduction This article highlights the discrimination faced by the non-binary gender. Recently, during the Shiksha Parv conclave, PM also emphasized the need for inclusive and equitable education. Recently, Kerala High Court brought attention to medical textbooks that described non-binary… Continue reading Building more inclusive, welcoming schools for LGBTQ+ children

New panel to devise school curriculum

What is the News? The Union Education Ministry has set up a committee headed by space scientist K. Kasturirangan to devise the National Curriculum Frameworks(NCFs). About the Committee on National Curriculum Framework(NCF) The National Curriculum Framework serves as a guiding document for the development of textbooks, syllabus and teaching practices in schools across the country.… Continue reading New panel to devise school curriculum

The difference education makes to what the salaried earn in India

Synopsis: Earning variations can be explained by education but our problem of educated unemployment deserves deeper examination. Introduction Unemployment among educated youth has been high in India for some years now. Despite consistently rising unemployment, youngsters continue to invest in education because over their lifetime, they expect to earn more compared to people with low… Continue reading The difference education makes to what the salaried earn in India

Empathy through Education

Synopsis: Social and Emotional Learning is not fluff; it is an important goal in education. Introduction The article highlights the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as an important tool of education. India’s recent National Education Policy also highlights its importance in children’s development. What is SEL? It forms the foundation of human development, for… Continue reading Empathy through Education

As children come back to school, they will need both time and patience

Synopsis: As the schools will soon reopen after the pandemic induced gap, what should be the factors that should drive the education system? Introduction Pandemic has had a negative impact on the education of children with students facing up to 57 weeks of school closure. They might have forgotten what they had learnt. But there… Continue reading As children come back to school, they will need both time and patience

Where is the strategy for dealing with learning loss during Covid?

Synopsis: As the schools reopen, it should not just be the regular business. This should be used as an opportunity to revamp the education system. Introduction COVID has impacted the various sections of society, especially the students. With the question of reopening the schools, the parallel debate is going on how to cover the damage… Continue reading Where is the strategy for dealing with learning loss during Covid?