Newsletter May 2014

How technology is set to transform India's fragmented education system
India has no strategy for technology in the classroom, but entrepreneurs and nonprofits are braving the odds in the sector

Students in a computer studies class at school in Hazira, near Surat. Gujarat. India. Students in a computer studies class at school in Hazira, India. Photograph: David Gee 5/Alamy

In 2012, engineer Raghav Gajula moved to an east Delhi slum to work as a teacher at a private school for low-income families ........

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Toilet, water must in schools: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has ruled that separate toilets for boys and girls as well as drinking water facility were integral to right to education and ordered that all schools, including those run by minority community, must make provision for them.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice V Gopala Gowda said the May 6 judgment of the 5-judge constitution bench, which had exempted the minority-run schools from admitting poor and backward students under the Right to Education Act......

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Plea to introduce LKG, UKG classes in government schools
An organisation formed by parents of students has filed a public interest litigation petition in the Madras High Court for a direction to the State government to introduce LKG and UKG classes in all government primary and elementary schools in the State from the coming academic year for the benefit of the rural poor.

In the petition, the Parents Union for Students Educational Rights (PUSER), Vriddhachalam in Cuddalore district, submitted that even.....

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In India's Schools, Discrimination Drives Dropouts
At the government school in this north Indian village, 8-year-old Dilip Banwasi is being taught his place.

His third-grade teacher makes him sweep the classroom floor and sit in the back row. When it is time for lunch, Dilip - a member of a low social class referred to as "rat catchers" - is among the last few to be served. At recess, his classmates warn, "Don't play with us," Dilip says. ...

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