The Directorate of Education (DoE) pulled up schools that undermine its directives. Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan is one of them. This school has had to re-schedule its nursery admission schedule till further notice from the DoE, after it received a notice from them. The sales of forms were earlier slated for December 1 to 15. Per DoE directive, no school is authorized to commence selling of forms or declare dates for selling of forms without clear direction from the DoE.
On November 10, Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan, had announced its nursery admission dates without waiting for DoE guidelines. VK Williams, principal of the school had said, "We are a minority unaided school, so we have the liberty to decide our own schedule. We have also informed the DoE and have not received any objection yet."
Per DoE, no school can announce any dates for admission process till the RTE guidelines are notified and also that all schools have to follow a common schedule. Non-compliance to the directive will lead to action to be taken against schools which do not comply.
On Tuesday (Nov 23rd) Williams said, "We have decided to postpone the process after we received communication from the DoE asking us to do the same to maintain uniformity." The statement, of course, sounds rather hypocritical given that Mr. Williams had claimed his liberty given the school’s minority and un-aided status to defend his school’s earlier non-compliance. It is rather amusing to see principals and proctors of these types of schools claim their minority status so often.
The cases of violent behavior amongst children is increasing by the day due to violent cartoons on TV.Note Cartoon Watching has become a favorite past time for children in India .This is due to a number of reasons like the busy life of parents,nuclear families,lack of safe open playgrounds etc.
In July 2006, when Shin Chan first appeared on Indian television screens, there were concerns regarding language, the behaviour and the mannerisms of the character Shin Chan. Due to this, the government banned Shin Chan in India till all such objectionable content was edited out.
This is leading to the harmful development of school children who try to repeat behaviour of cartoons in real life at schools.Bashing up classmates and objects becomes justified in children's mind as they see them on TV.Using abusive language and bad behaviour are some of the other harmful mannerisms being learned by children.
In our opinion children need to be encouraged to go out play with peers as this provides both exercise and a chance to develop interpersonal skills. It in a way is also the parents’ duty to censor what their children watch.
India recently passed a Right to Education (RTE) legislation which ensures various measures for betterment of children and their rights.However Awareness remains low which CRY has tried to ameliorate by organizing a Festival in Bangalore. Children from different schools will act in various plays in different parts of Bangalore to raise awareness about the clauses of the Act amongst the citizenry
Beginning from Sunday, the theater festival will see children staging street plays in every nook and corner of the city and act out the importance of RTE Act. Busy thoroughfares and malls will be the target of the children’s campaign. The plays will also be performed on November 27 and 28 at three different places of Bangalore. About 90 children in the age group of 11-18 will be participating in the festival.
The schools participating in the festival include Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Cathedral High School, CMR High School, Frank Anthony Public School, Genius Kids and Royale Concorde International School. “Though the RTE Act came into force on April 1, 2010, it is yet to be implemented. Many parents and teachers are not even aware of the Act and its clauses. Through the plays, we will highlight how the Act has to be implemented to change the very face of the Indian education system,” said Sahaya Teresa
India has been rocked by a series of corruption scams in recent times. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is known to be man of impeccable honesty and integrity has landed in a tough spot due to these scandals. With his party men and Allies all facing very credible allegations of siphoning off millions of dollars in Telecom and Scams, the PM has been facing a torrid time in Parliament. With compulsion of coalition politics, the PM has faced an unprecedented judgment from the SC asking him for an affidavit over delay in prosecuting a Telecom Minister. The Prime Minister in a candid interview revealed the state of his mind by saying that he felt like a "High School Student" facing one Test after Another. At 76 years, it’s tough to imagine anyone going through high school exams. However one would think these Tests are considerably tougher for the PM than simple high school exams
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says he feels like a high school student facing one test after the other.
Every time, we have been able to confront the crisis and turn it into an opportunity, said the prime minister.
Singh said that the economy will return to sustained growth path next year with growth rate of 9 to 10% of the GDP.
Small farmers and entrepreneurs often face unresponsive and corrupt government, he said.
India is going to triple its numbers of high school students in the next decade. With increasing per-capita consumption and a scorching 9% GDP growth rate,India's higher education is going to see a massive boom.India has relatively low numbers of high school penetration due to its poor human resources development.Both the quality and quantity of high school education is quite woeful in the country. At similar per-capita income,other countries have a much better education infrastructure than India does right now. For the millions of Indians mired in poverty,Education remains the only path to a better humane living standard. Kapil Sibal,the minister of education said that they are looking to add 1000 Universities to accommodate the surge in students.
India’s higher education enrollment will move up to 44 million from the current 14 million in a decade, the Central government said on Friday, underlining that private players, distance education and foreign education providers will play key roles in ensuring this growth.
Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit that the Central government looks to add 30 million more students at this level by 2020. “Industry does not create (human) wealth, it translates ideas into wealth. Higher education will create this human wealth.”
Chairman Vineet Joshi led CBSE released a circular on 27th October which will endear him to many a parent, and perhaps get him hated by an equal number. This circular makes compulsory some amount of physical activities in school. In our opinion, this is a welcome departure from the 7-9 hour forced education sessions in schools these days. As it is, the school hours are longer than they used to be, and rapidly the amount of time dedicated to physical activities (in a day or week) has dropped drastically.
The circular specifies that, (and we quote):
- "There should be at least 40-45 minutes of Physical Activities or Games period for Classes I-X everyday.
For Classes XI – XII it should be ensured that all the students participate in Physical Activity / Games / Mass P.T / Yoga with maximum health benefits for at least two periods per week (90-120 min / week).
- In case the school has constraints of space, climatic conditions, presence of enough PE Teachers, or coaches it may consider indoor activities which would provide maximum health benefits (Aerobics / Meditation / Yoga & Asanas).
- Mass P.T. in the morning keeping in view the climate conditions is another alternative the school can have."
The daily physical activities and sports will now be a mandatory part of the curriculum under the new CCE, and will be implemented in all CBSE affiliated schools across the country. This implies that the students will be assessed on these activities as well. The assessment part is perhaps a bit of an overkill but then in our country, if an assessment is not linked to a part of the curriculum it will certainly get neglected and remain un-implemented.
Given that the schools today have become completely exam oriented, we say this is a very welcome move Mr. Joshi! What do you think? Please write in, let us know...
Here is a potential hypothesis based on socio-economic trends in our country and perhaps many such developing nations like ours. The trend of urban migration is fairly clear in these countries. People from remote rural areas try to migrate to the nearest town. People from that small town try to get to the nearest larger (and prosperous) town or the district centre. People from that district try to move the nearest most prosperous city, and so on till they reach the most prosperous or populous cities in the country.
What happens between nations is not dissimilar either. People from undeveloped countries, reach out for the next higher level. People from not so prosperous nations reach out to the next higher level. So the simple conclusion (as we know) that people will move, irrespective of geographic disparities or barriers to raise their economic level. This, obviously, can happen if the particular individual has either a particular skill which is less easy to find (than required) in the destination location or offers his/ her services at a lower price point than available.
If this basic premise stands, then one could conclude (of course, this is a broad brush) that good teachers in rural schools would attempt to move to the next higher level of prosperity location. The added complication is that the economic condition that the student belongs too as well. This could lead to at least three specific things:
- One that the teachers will just leave and go, thus creating a bit of a vacuum and paucity of teachers in rural areas. The paucity, we know, exists for sure. So, no teacher and thus no teaching.
- Second, the remaining teachers in those remote rural areas will always be focused on getting out of their (present) rut and get to an urban location which is economically more rewarding. Even if this teacher does not manage to escape, how will this teacher actually ever manage to do a good job of teaching where she/ he currently is?
- And finally, if the place is that remote and economically backward - then there is a higher probability that the children (in the school) belong to economically backward families. If so, then the children might be under higher pressure not to attend school and contribute more towards the family income or running of the house (for a girl child).
Oh, there could be other valid reasons too. The somewhat contrary view perhaps is that if there were to be a economically very backward location closer to a prosperous place, the situation perhaps would not be very different. Just for the sake of the hypothesis, let us assume that remoter you go, poorer the place will be. That would lead to - farther away you get from an urban location, worse should the quality of education imparted (or received). And if the level of teaching and attendance fall, then the average results from that area should drop as well.
Of course, this is just a hypothesis and only way to prove or disprove it would be by some field work. It really might be interesting to conduct such a survey to see if the hypothesis stands to data (or not!).
Animation, along with the speech given by renowned education expert Sir Ken Robinson. Lovely speech and brilliant animation by the folk at RSA. The talk is about the need to move away from a factory mode, batch processed and unimaginative method of teaching in schools. The content of the speech is more or less the same as Sir Ken's speech at TED. Enjoy!