NITI Aayog and Bharti Foundation announce the launch of ‘Convoke 2021-22’

What is the news? NITI Aayog in partnership with Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, has launched Convoke 2021-22. What is Convoke? CONVOKE is a National Research Symposium for Teachers and Heads of Schools. Aim: To address challenges in imparting education and strengthening its quality with special focus on all teachers, educationists, heads… Continue reading NITI Aayog and Bharti Foundation announce the launch of ‘Convoke 2021-22’

Remote education was inaccessible to most children, says survey

What is the News? According to a survey conducted by ICRIER and LIRNEAsia, a think tank focusing on digital policy, remote education was inaccessible to most children in India. What is remote learning? Remote learning is where the student and the educator, or information source, are not physically present in a traditional classroom environment. Information… Continue reading Remote education was inaccessible to most children, says survey

National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

What is the News? National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country. As per initial, nearly 96 percent of schools and 92 percent of the targeted sampled children participated in the survey. What is the National Achievement Survey? ​​National Achievement Survey(NAS) is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students’ learning undertaken by… Continue reading National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

School students to prepare projects on lives of gallantry award winners under ‘Veer Gatha’ initiative

What is the News? The Government of India has launched the Veer Gatha Initiative. What is the Veer Gatha Initiative? Under the initiative, school students across the country will prepare projects in the form of poems, paintings, essays or multimedia presentations on the lives of gallantry award winners. Aim of the Project The aim of… Continue reading School students to prepare projects on lives of gallantry award winners under ‘Veer Gatha’ initiative

The decline of the Budget school

Synopsis: The private budget school ecosystem is collapsing, which is a threat to millions of children who rely on it. Introduction The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is visible in almost all the sectors, and the schools are no exception to it. Today, most private budget schools are facing the problem of financial crunch and… Continue reading The decline of the Budget school

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?

Long term Impacts of School Closure – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Recently, a Survey named School Children’s Online and Offline Learning(SCHOOL) was conducted to understand the impact of the prolonged closure of schools due to the pandemic. The survey mentioned that the prolonged School closure at primary and upper primary levels since the onset of the pandemic has led to “catastrophic consequences”… Continue reading Long term Impacts of School Closure – Explained, pointwise

Survey: 37% poor rural students not studying at all

What is the News? A Survey named School Children’s Online and Offline Learning(SCHOOL) was conducted to understand the impact of the prolonged closure of schools due to the pandemic. About the Survey SCHOOL The survey was conducted in 15 states and Union Territories(UTs). It focused on relatively deprived hamlets and ‘bastis’(slums), where children generally attend… Continue reading Survey: 37% poor rural students not studying at all

Making sure that girls don’t drop out of school

Source: Indian Express Synopsis: Addressing gender bias in education requires providing social, financial and emotional support to the girl child. Introduction In the recently held Olympics, Indian women showed their excellent performance. They can also excel in other fields like education. Women can contribute not just to the economy of the nation, but can also be… Continue reading Making sure that girls don’t drop out of school

India’s tuition Pandemic (On India’s mushrooming ed-tech sector)

Source: Times of India Relevance: Issues due to the rise of Edtech sector Synopsis: With billions of dollars in capital and tech backing, Indian educational corporates are creating a situation of tuition pandemic. China’s crackdown on edtech Recently, the Chinese government announced a crackdown on its booming educational tuition sector. Under its new policy, private… Continue reading India’s tuition Pandemic (On India’s mushrooming ed-tech sector)

The class divide that threatens to thwart our educational goals

Source: LiveMint Relevance: Understand the learning loss due to Pandemic Synopsis: The article highlights the “learning loss” that occurred due to school closure during the pandemic. India has to work hard to ensure that learning loss does not translate to a loss in future. Introduction The lockdowns because of the Pandemic impacted the learning, especially for… Continue reading The class divide that threatens to thwart our educational goals

Why the post-pandemic school is an opportunity to reinvent learning?

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Importance of student-friendly learning Synopsis: The classroom must be centred on joyful and creative learning. It should join the dots between children’s lives and education. Introduction Education is not a race. It is a child’s journey to fulfilling his potential. Reopening schools can be an opportunity to rethink the teaching and learning… Continue reading Why the post-pandemic school is an opportunity to reinvent learning?

Back to basics

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Focus on inclusive and quality education. Synopsis: It is important for India to work on ways to strengthen foundational education for children Impact of the pandemic on children’s education Pandemic & lockdowns have had a serious impact on the education system. There have been: Cases of alarming drop-out rates from school Migration… Continue reading Back to basics

Centre ropes in NCAER to help expand vocational education in CBSE schools

Source: Livemint What is the News: Even as the national skill mission failed to expand vocational education in schools, the Union education ministry has recently tied up with the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) will help CBSE schools to expand vocational education & to make skilling… Continue reading Centre ropes in NCAER to help expand vocational education in CBSE schools

India’s schoolchildren need their childhood back

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the need to reopen schools and recommendations to open them. Synopsis: India needs to stop asking whether schools are safe and start acknowledging that in-person school is essential Introduction: Malls, bars, restaurants, and some offices are open, but schools have been closed for 16 months and counting. But schools… Continue reading India’s schoolchildren need their childhood back

Surveys on learning losses by month end, panel told

Context: Recently the House panel on education discusses COVID-19 impact on education and syllabus reforms.  About the discussions:   Surveys:  A survey of Classes 8-12 in centrally run schools last August showed that 80-90% of students were dependent on mobiles rather than laptops for digital schooling. Around 30% of students were affected by electricity supply disruptions.   States… Continue reading Surveys on learning losses by month end, panel told

Union HRD Minister launches Integrated Online junction for School Education ‘Shagun’

Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister has launched an Integrated Online junction for School Education ‘Shagun’. Shagun is an initiative to improve school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities of the Department of School Education and Literacy. The word Shagun is coined from two different words-… Continue reading Union HRD Minister launches Integrated Online junction for School Education ‘Shagun’

Integrated National School Education Treasury (INSET)

Union HRD Minister has announced the setting up of the Integrated National School Education Treasury(INSET). INSET is envisaged as a fully integrated, instantly accessible and seamless information network for all parameters relating to the students, teachers and schools in the country.  The aim is to create an easily accessible multi-layered ecosystem of information – school… Continue reading Integrated National School Education Treasury (INSET)