Tag Archives: Education

Cheques, balances, degrees: How will Budget 2018 impact higher education?

(Getty Images/iStockphoto) The union budget 2018 has big-ticket plans for higher education. It has earmarked Rs 85,000 crore. There are plans for 24 new medical colleges and hospitals, 18 schools of planning and architecture (SPA) and research fellowships. It has also introduced the Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education scheme to grant loans to higher education institutions. Is it enough ... Read More »

Centre wants to merge three school education schemes – but experts say it is not a good idea

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Resources Development hosted a national workshop for states on the merger of the three major Central schemes supporting education – the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for elementary school (Classes 1 to 8), the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan for secondary school (Classes 9 and 10) and the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Restructuring and Reorganisation of Teacher ... Read More »

Three milestones in education

“India is in a position right now to think and act differently in the area of education.” School children at the government higher primary school at Doddakallahalli in Malur, Karnataka.Bhagya Prakash K. There is enough data about the learning crisis in India. What is needed is effective decentralised action Every year in January, when the Annual Status of Education Report ... Read More »

After no-bid deal falls apart, Texas Education Agency review calls for clearer contracting procedures

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath testifies before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance about education outcomes on Jan. 23, 2018.  Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune An internal review of the Texas Education Agency’s contracting regulations found this week that the agency needs a more concrete process for determining whether to bypass competitive bidding when it enters into ... Read More »

State of the State 2018: What Gov. Brown said about education

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his eighth State of the State speech — his final one — on January 25 in Sacramento. He affirmed his belief in “local control” of K-12 schools and defended his record of expanding funding for California’s system of higher education. The following are his complete remarks on education as he delivered them: In addition to infrastructure ... Read More »

The many problems with a market for higher education

In April this year, the Office for Students will become the “regulator and competition authority” for the English higher education sector. The establishment of this authority, complete with its own “chief executive”, captures perfectly the transition of the country’s university sector, where income from tuition fees has gradually supplanted direct government funding over the last few decades. This process of government-encouraged marketisation — one ... Read More »

The 7 hottest California education storylines we’re watching in 2018

While 2017 was undoubtedly a huge year for education in national politics and in Los Angeles, 2018 has the potential to bring big changes to education across California. A new governor, who will appoint a new state Board of Education, will have a significant impact on how education is funded and what students are learning. Here are seven things to be looking for in 2018 and ... Read More »

Treaty 4 group sees hope for better on-reserve education in new agreement with Indigenous Services

Chief Reginald (Reg) Bellerose is the chair of the Treaty 4 Education Alliance. He says the Letter of Understanding he signed earlier this week with the Department of Indigenous Services is a road map to an on-reserve education system based in treaty. (Don Somers/CBC) The chair of the Treaty 4 Education Alliance is encouraged by a letter of understanding (LOU) signed ... Read More »

Job prospects will wipe away matric smiles‚ say education activists

An unemployed young South African pleads for money or food at a Johannesburg street corner.  Image: REUTERS With the matric results out on Thursday‚ education activists sounded a sobering warning: “Joblessness lurks as an increasingly likely post-school reality.” In an analysis of prospects for the Class of 2017‚ Equal Education said “even the educationally privileged” would struggle to find work. It ... Read More »

Advocate for Jewish Civil Rights Is Tapped to Lead Key Education Dept. Office

The Trump Administration announced on Thursday its intention to nominate Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, to be the assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement follows months of vacancies in key positions across the Trump administration, including in the department. Courtesy of ... Read More »