‘Casteless hostels’: limits and possibilities

Spaces of formal education-be they schools, colleges or universities, are never about classroom learning alone. While the political activism of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and University of Hyderabad (to some extent) may have caught the attention of national media over the last few years, it is important to recognise that in different forms, colleges and regional universities across the… Read more »

Precarity in Education: Insights from a study on the vocationalization of secondary education in India

Vocationalization of education in India was introduced fairly early in 1988 to offer vocational courses for two years alongside other subjects in higher secondary education. The programme was revised to the VHSE (Vocationalization of Higher Secondary Education) in 2011 with a view to cater to India’s economic growth and a growing demand for labour in the international market through the… Read more »

Film on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Secondary Education

Open and Distance Learning (ODL) at secondary education level provides the platform to pursue education for those who face such barriers. The structure of ODL in India includes National Institute of Open School (NIOS) that operates nationally and State Open Schools (SOS) that operate in respective states. Main advantages of the ODL system are the accessibility and flexibility in Admission,… Read more »

Reforms in Teacher Management: A Case Study from Karnataka

A teacher is one of the most critical actors of the education system. In order to enhance the overall education indicators and quality of teaching, it is important that teachers are motivated and committed. A number of researchers have argued that effective teacher management practices are closely linked with teacher motivation (Ramachandran, 2005). UNICEF’s manual on Child Friendly Schools released… Read more »

शिक्षा और भूख

“देखन में छोटन लगे, घाव करे गंभीर”, बिहारी जी की ये एक पंक्ति आज से एक साल पहले से मेरे जेहन में घर सी कर गयी है| यह कहानी कही न कही इन्ही पंक्तियों को सत्य करती दिखाई देती है|हाथ में सब्जी की टोकरी लिए हुए, बाज़ार में खड़ी एक बच्ची का सब्जी बेचना भले ही छोटी बात लगे पर… Read more »

Education and Equity: Challenges of post primary education in India – CBPS Discussion Paper for CBPS Annual Seminar, March 14, 2018

Post-primary education in India: The context and need ‘Quality Education’ has been recognised as one of the foundational conditions for achieving sustainable development. Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) state that quality education consists of ensuring equitable opportunities to access and complete education at all levels, including opportunities to access good quality technical, vocational, tertiary and university education… Read more »

Secondary Education: Thinking Creatively

Indian Secondary education system focuses generally on rote learning, which encourages students to learn the subject matter in a fixed envelope and reproduce from the same, on being questioned during evaluation – tests/examinations, even the test patterns are predefined for the curriculum. The envelope of learning in this environment blinkers the process of learning by questioning / exploring, which encourages… Read more »

Getting a Second Chance

Transition from   upper primary to secondary schooling is an important topic of discussion and incentives and infrastructure/ inputs are planned and being worked on.  Statistics suggest that although most children in India go to primary school, a large number of students drop out before completing Class X. This means that a considerable proportion of India’s youth are ineligible to apply… Read more »