“Distance” Education

A really interesting and inspiring story in the news (click on image below):

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“The Perils of Schooling the nation”

Garga Chatterjee tackles the Sanskrit-German debate, focusing on “the marginality of these debates to the staggering majority of the students in the subcontinent,” in an interesting, provocative piece in DNA: “The perils of schooling the nation in Centre’s ideology“:

“An overwhelming majority of Indian Union’s citizens have nothing to do with central boards or central universities. They accomplish education and research based on mettle alone, without money props to heighten or brighten them – the kind of subsidies that central institutions take for granted. The disproportionate focus on these institutions tells you that the beneficiaries from such a tiki system skew reality and have a stake in the perpetuation of this skew. The skew is from years of centralization of education by the virulently rootless (intellectual roots situated in 1960 Europe or 500 BCE Saraswati river-bank are equally alien). The favourite media ‘concerns’ in education aren’t accidental. For instance, it’s never about geographically differential resource allocation. Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala and Odisha together have as many central universities as Delhi.”

For the full article, click here.

 

Schools and state language policy

This article examines how the recent “alleged rape of a three-year-old girl by an attendant on their school campus in north Bengaluru” has led to increased attention on “illegal schools”, which are now being investigated by the department of public instruction. The article traces the role the state’s language policy may have played. For the full article, click here.

Kannada-medium schools

From the Hindustan Times:

THIRTHAHALLI (SHIMOGA): When five-year-old Surashya goes to school, it’s a rather lonely life. For, the only other person there is her teacher H M Jaya Kumar.

Kannada-medium government schools in rural areas are facing low enrollment of primary school children. There are eight such kids in the village but their parents would rather they go to nearby private schools. But the government is keeping its word of not closing schools, even if there’s only one student. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the lower primary school at Jedi Kuni village near Araga in Thirthahalli taluk which has classes up to the fifth standard. Since June this year, it’s had one teacher and one child.”

For the full article, click here.