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Universalization of Education in India: Right to Education Bill

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  1. desiman

    desiman Lieutenant ELITE MEMBER

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    Universalization of Education in India: Right to Education Bill


    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
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    India’s greatest wealth lies in its human resources. Universal schooling of decent quality could be the single biggest move it makes towards future prosperity. Towards this end the Government has come up with Right to Education Bill which promises free education for every child in the 6-14 age- group. Education requires substantative not just symbolic action. Merely passing laws without sustained political attention that plugs financial and administrative gaps in the school sector is going to fail. One of the problems of taking a purely legislative view is to define who will be held responsible if a child doesn’t attend school.

    A related problem is to set out clearly who will pick up the bill for universal education, estimated to cost Rs 55,000 crore a year to implement. It is supposed to split between the centre and states but the precise arrangement is yet to be known. The most controversial provision of the Bill is to drag the private sector in by imposing an obligation on private schools to take in at least 25% of its students of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their fees will supposedly be paid by the government, a promise it’s unlikely to keep. Providing free education for all should be unambiguously the government’s responsibility. Countries haven’t made rapid strides towards universal literacy by palming off the responsibility on the private sector. That will stunt the growth of the private sector rather than lead to universal literacy.
     
  2. brain_dead

    brain_dead Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    i think the most important step that we need to take in field of education is to make our govt. schools good enough.
    govt. schools in rural areas, even in cities, are in very bad state,standard of education is very bad.
     
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  3. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Bring them up to ISCE levels then India will truly Improve.
     
  4. desiman

    desiman Lieutenant ELITE MEMBER

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    The problem with India right now is the huge disconnect our middle class has with the poor. While the middle class and the rich get richer, we tend to forget the under privileged portion of our society. We tend to get to stuck with all the new richness India has to offer that we totally forget the poor our country still has. Now when the Middle class sends their children to study abroad, education has become a want rather than a need. Its crucial that education be streamlined throughout the whole system and each child be offered the same opportunities. Its upto the huge middle class to initiate this change or choose to remain negligent of any problems.
     
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    brain_dead Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    no. i think we should have one standard education board for all schools across India.
    there shouldnt be different boards for different states. we have U.P. board in U.P., Haryana board in Haryana and so on.
    ICSE or CBSE, doesnt matter, but it should be standard throughout country.
     
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    sir, actually the problem is much bigger and deeper.
    but once we recognised the problem, dealing with the wont be tough.
    the biggest problem is unemployment. in rural areas,in villages of Bihar and Orissa etc. people and nothing to do, no work and therefore no livelihood.
    so they all tend to come to other states for livelihood, as bandhua majdoors, with their families and kids. obviously after having travelled hundreds of miles away from their home, thier priority wont be to educate their kids but to make them work to get more money.
    what we need to do is to provide them sources of livelihood in thier own area, so that they dont have to come to other places.
    once the got that, thier priorities will change. also we should expand our mid day meals to all the states. we can also start schemes like paying 2rs/5rs per day to each student coming to school on a daily basis.but such schemes are prone to corruption, and strict vigilance would be required.
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Im saying bring other boards to the standards of education of a ISCE or CBSE school
     
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    hmm.. i agree.
     
  9. desiman

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    Agreed, sadly strict vigilance isnt possible under this very weak government and Prime Minister. Until a more head strong government comes to the center, a proper fight again corruption and poverty is not possible.
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    For once :lol:
    The level of Education is too low in some board but excellent in others how do you Intend to bring them to parity.
     
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    i thought i already replied to it.
    have one common standard board across India, instead of having different boards for different states.
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Have one common board seams nice but how ill you bring them all to the same level , time frame, level of curriculum,To have or not to have 10,12th boards all this creeps up ,Min qualification for teachers, minimum facility to gain permission to open schools, Cost of education,Autonomy of Pvt. schools .
    Whats you solution??
     
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    i dont think this problem have to to do anything with boards,u cannot particularly say this board is better and this is bad,the problem is attracting the poor people to sent their kids to whatever board, provide this people proper awareness,financing and subsidies,look at Kerala which have a 99% education,it is not that Kerala is poverty free,but the people r aware their
     
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    Good move by sibal.cheers.
     
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    Of course this is an essential step to have public schooling for all children of a nation.
    But it is not enough just to send children to school.

    To maintain an edge in international competitiveness, there has to be a coincidence of all supporting variables in a student's life.
    It is not only necessary to go to school, but:
    1.) have decent, well educated teachers
    2.) access to practical training and lab / technology
    3.) rigorous curriculum in variety of fields in demand
    4.) proper nutrition, health-care, sanitation, physical fitness. Health is one of the major factors in ability to develop a student's brain to full functioning potential.
    5.) Time to study and ability to concentrate outside of school. It is not enough to sit in classroom and listen to lecture 6 hours a day. The studying needs to continue at home and parents need to support their children focusing on education. If a child must have a part-time job to support their family India is being robbed of competitive training for future generations.
    6.) Culture that values intellectualism and education. Thankfully, Indians do value education, generally. It is probably one of the most fundamentally valuable memes of any civilization.
    7.) Ability to cater attention to students as needed. Rather than forcing everyone thru higher education, we need to maximize efficiency of resources spent on education so each student can contribute to fullest potential. This means some students will go for vocational training in some occupation that will be in demand when they receive their diploma so they can find a job early, while others who show academic promise will focus on traditional schooling.
    8.) Population control incentives so that lower income families are having fewer children, and higher income have more. At least this way each child will be afforded more equitable opportunities in competing with more wealthy families.

    This is an important first step but for something so fundamental to a civilization's future, India needs to follow thru and ensure the right to education doesn't simply become functionally a privilege.

    Look at how Indian diaspora, as large as it is today, proportionately outdoes every other ethnic group in the nations it occupies in intellectual property, educational attainment, income, and minimal incarceration rates.
    This is an indicator of the potential of India should the forces for growth in Indian civilization should be organized fully toward properly educating, training, and otherwise preparing future generations in every capacity.
    India must take advantage of this potential and a culture that values academia toward the future.
     
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