Education

India’s 21st Century Education Imperative

Each year, over 20 million students enrol for a graduate degree in India. But as the quality of education in these institutions differs, the race to join the country’s top academic institutions is intense. In fact, with an acceptance rate of only 0.7per cent, IIT JEE has earned the reputation of being the toughest entrance exam in the world. Concerns ... Read More »

Opinion | Education should be India’s most important electoral issue

You may be 18, scrambling to get into a college or hunting for a course that can help you get a job quickly. You may be a young parent, worried about your child’s admission to school or feeling helpless with the poor attention given to her in school. You may be middle aged, getting crushed by the struggle to pay ... Read More »

Education gave this Yavatmal woman’s life a new direction

Shubhangi Jirapure with her son Om. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo) Shubhangi was 23, with a 13-month old son, when her husband Sanjay Jirapure, 27, committed suicide in 2006. Sanjay was a farmer from Kheda village of Karanja tehsil in Washim district. He had 9.5 acres of land, but did not get any yield that year. He had a farm loan of ... Read More »

Funding for pupils with special educational needs drops 17%

 Kevin Courtney of the National Education Union says support for children with special educational needs and disabilities is ‘woefully inadequate’. Photograph: Gary Calton/The Observer The government has been accused of failing children with special educational needs after a report found funding for pupils had been cut by 17% across England since 2015. The report by the thinktank IPPR North also ... Read More »

The European far right has its eye on education

Italy’s Minister of Education Marco Bussetti arrives at the Quirinal palace in Rome, Italy on June 1, 2018 [File: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters] Today, the Thirteenth World Congress of Families will kick off in Verona, under the patronage of the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Marco Bussetti, the Italian education minister, will be among a number of high-level officials ... Read More »

Trump Turns To Higher Education; And A Selective New York City High School Struggles With Diversity

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order that could affect a few areas of higher education: from data collection to free speech. The order called for, among other things, an expansion to the federal College Scorecard, which reports average earnings and debt for graduates at institutions around the country. But the part that received the most attention was a directive to ... Read More »

How e-learning is transforming our education system with a tech-driven approach

Technology has today become an integral part of our daily life. It assists us in everything – from shopping, banking, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven portfolio management to learning a new language via an easy-to-use smartphone application. The merits that technology has been transferring to us are simply innumerable. But how effective can it really be in the field of education? ... Read More »

Opinion | A systemic approach to reforming education

Despite enormous and well-meaning efforts, we have not delivered quality learning outcomes to Indian children. Concerted efforts like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and initiatives like mid-day meals have ensured that we have solved the problem of access to school education for our children. With gross enrolment crossing 100%, the focus has appropriately shifted to improving learning outcomes. Assessments by the ... Read More »

Education to be accessible to all, says Union minister Prakash Javadekar

In order to upgrade the education sector and make it competitive and intellectually sound, Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of human resource development stressed on the need to make education accessible to all, and announced that the government is working in that direction. This issue was discussed at the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) National Education Summit ... Read More »

Labour would end free market in higher education, says Rayner

Angela Rayner will tell the University and College Union conference that universities ‘are there for all of us’. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA A Labour government would end the “failed free-market experiment in higher education”, taking a tougher line on vice-chancellors’ pay and improving academic diversity, the shadow education secretary is set to announce. Angela Rayner will outline a series of major policy steps that ... Read More »