Parental guidance required to curb school drop-outs

Lack of parental assistance hampers children’s interest in education, says expert Dropout rates in schools have increased due to the lack of parental assistance in India. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2021 shows a drop in parental assistance at home from 74.9 percent in 2020 to 66.6 percent in 2021. This potentially contributes to […]

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A path still to conquer for the NEP in Karnataka

Funding and research hinder the real impact and implementation of the NEP in Karnataka. Karnataka Minister of Higher Education and Information Technology CN Ashwath Narayan said the state’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 faces a funding shortfall to encourage research in government and private universities. Narayan addressing the “Challenges and Opportunities of Educational Institutions” conference […]

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Hike in tuition fees straining pockets

People who can’t teach their children have to resort to private tuition and pay twice—for school as well as for tuition More students from economically weak backgrounds are opting for private tuition, putting a strain on their finances. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2021 shows that the number of students with ‘low’ educated […]

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What the little can(’t) really read in India.

Although there is no law that determines what children can or cannot read, children’s authors in India find themselves playing it safe. Children’s authors in India sacrifice their freedom to express certain ideas so their books can be published, sold and accepted by parents, publishers and society. “My book ‘Behind the Lie’ is about domestic […]

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RTE: The forgotten slice in the education cake

Although most schools in Bengaluru have stopped admitting children in the Right to Education (RTE) quota, the children who remain in schools under this quota struggle. Bengaluru: RTE quota children in Bengaluru’s private schools struggle to learn, adapt and face several other problems. These have only worsened after school closures during the pandemic. Parents are […]

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Provide relief to Covid orphans: SC to States

Maharashtra joins the list of states who have proposed sponsorship for children who lost their parents to Covid. Mumbai: The Supreme Court has directed states to provide immediate relief to children who have been orphaned due to the pandemic. The court direction came in response to an application filed by amicus curiae Gaurav Agarwal seeking […]

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Teachers not happy promoting students

Due to the closure of schools, online exams were conducted and students were promoted without learning anything in the previous academic year. Haryana: Students of first and second standards were given marks based on oral assessment through Shiksha Mitra’s contact numbers, while students of third, fourth, and fifth standards had to give online exams through […]

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World Telecommunication Day: India’s digital divide widens

More than 80 percent of Indian students couldn’t access online schooling during the lockdown, Oxfam. Haryana: The 52nd World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) will be celebrated on May 17, 2021.  India is the world’s second-largest market in terms of total internet users. Its total internet usage grew 1.82 percent in the last quarter […]

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Academic year proceeds without books, sellers face losses

With the pandemic, subsequent lockdown, and online classes, bookstores on Avenue Road that sell academic textbooks face financial losses.  Bengaluru: Book stores on Avenue Road that sell academic textbooks are facing huge losses because the pandemic has stopped students from buying textbooks.  Srikanth, now a final year engineering student, did not buy textbooks for the […]

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Second Wave of Covid disrupts Coaching Classes

Coaching institutes are again witnessing a fall in students attending tuition classes. Bengaluru: As cases rise with the second wave of Covid-19 and final exams are cancelled, coaching classes and home tutoring see a decline in the number of students.   Home tutors are in a dilemma about continuing classes. Deviraja, a home tutor from […]

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