Category Archives: Secondary Education

Learning the online way: Experiences of a mother and teacher

The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed have changed the way we live our lives. For a large part of the workforce, work from home became a norm while for few, no work and unemployment became a glaring reality. Media, mostly off-beat and non-commercial ones, talked in detail about the repercussions on the migrant labourers, rising unemployment rates, rising… Read more »

Teachers’ Initiative for improving children’s performance in a government high School in Melige (Karnataka)

Melige village is located in Tirthahalli taluka of Shimoga district, Karnataka with a moderate population of 882 people. The sex ratio of Melige is higher than the state average (1100 as against 973 in Karnataka). It has the highest literacy rate when compared to other villages in the state (87.65 %). Gender difference in education is not severe as compared… Read more »

Has privatisation of education widened the gaps?

I recently had the opportunity of visiting Uttar Pradesh for a field study on understanding the governance structure and the institutional framework of policies, particularly focusing on children. As a part of my study, I had the chance to meet the frontline functionaries who diligently work for children – ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife), ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), Anganwadi workers… Read more »

How has Beti Bachao Beti Padhao fared in 5 years?

One of the flagship programmes of Narendra Modi Government that has created a lot of buzz is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.  However, the scheme has neither fared in its design nor in its implementation. The scheme majorly runs in two components; mass media communication and multi-sectoral intervention. I will be commenting critically on the design of the scheme, implementation issues,… Read more »

My experiences with the UPSC Civil Services examination – From an ex-aspirant’s perspective

UPSC Civil Services examination is probably one of the toughest experiences one can go through. More than the technical aspects of the examination, overall as an experience, it can be challenging and takes a lot away from our personal lives. It offers people job security and in general, there is a lot of honour attached to it and is considered… Read more »

Education Cess and its Neglect of Education

Towards the end of March, we all rush to complete our investments in the Tax Saving instruments and also furnish our declarations to save tax. There would be very many of you even despite all the exemptions end up paying taxes to the government. Ever wondered what happens to the different taxes collected from you? All taxes that are collected… Read more »

‘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 »