“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.”

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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.”

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Out-of-school children in India

An article in the Hindustan Times discusses a UNESCO report highlighting the high proportion of out-of-school children in India:

According to UNESCO’s recently published annual Education For All Global Monitoring Report, there are 57.8 million children in the age group of six to 11 years who are out of school. 1.38 million of these are in India. India has the fourth highest number of out-of-school children in this age group. Pakistan is at number two with 5.37 million out of school children at the primary level. “In terms of the proportion of OOSC (out of school children) at the primary level it was 1.1% in 2011. It is based on the population of children between 6 and 10,” says Shailendra Sigdel, statistical advisor for South Asia, UNESCO. This means the Adjusted Net Enrolment (ANER) is 98.9% at the primary level. However, according to the figures, the NER of recent years has gone down. The recent publication DISE: 2013-14 Flash Statistics shows 88.08% Net Enrolment. “As UNESCO collects data on administrative data we are not in a position to say that ‘they were never enrolled or whether they attended school or not’. The OOSC number presented here is the number of children not enrolled on a particular day of survey,” Sigdel explains.

Click here for the full article, entitled: More than a million have no school and no hope for the future.

Discrimination against HIV+ children in Goan School

This is a very disturbing story:

More parents want Goa school to kick out ‘HIV positive’ kids

PANAJI: Impasse over continuation of 13-odd “HIV positive” students in a South Goa school has deepened with more parents now resolving to withdraw their wards from the school in protest against management’s decision to not cancel admission of these children.


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