Adequacy of facilities in schools correlates to quality of education

Adequate and up-to-date facilities in schools influence the quality of education and students’ performance. A study carried out in Tennessee, USA, found growing evidence of a correlation between the adequacy of a school facility and student behaviour and performance. “Building a school infrastructure is different from building an office infrastructure. The school infrastructure not only has to be functional and economical, but it also has to give a sense of self-worth to the students,” the report stated. Against this backdrop, the education ministry in its recent annual education statistics has…

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Centre depriving Chandigarh schools of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds

With the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) releasing just half of the budget allocated under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), child-centred activities in UT government schools have been suffering. Implementation of self-defence training, remedial teaching and other components that are given the go-ahead by the Project Approval Board (PAB) were affected last year due to fund crunch. Sources say this year, too, children will have to suffer too. In 2015-16, the PAB, which is under the MHRD, released only 60% of the approved budget to UT. Against the…

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Protest against merger of govt schools

Parents and students of a government schools in old Delhi, that is likely to be merged with another by the government, voiced their opinion against the proposed merger on Thursday. The Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Panama Building, is proposed to be merged with the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV) No 1, Jama Masjid. While GGSSS, with 800 students, is a girls’ school for those between Class VI and Class XII, SKV No-1, with a strength of 300, is for students between Classes I-XII. While both the schools are among…

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One School's Quest for Personalized Public Education

SAN DIEGO—To understand just how far Vista High School will go to keep kids interested in school, consider the case of 17-year-old Hernan Hernandez and his skateboard. Hernan, an avid skateboarder, was bored in gym class. So were his classmates. So, late this spring, Hernan approached Principal Anthony Barela with a potential solution: What about offering them a skateboarding course instead? “I’m pretty sure if you told them they could skate and get an A, they would do that,” Hernan told Barela, a former football coach who is maniacal about keeping Vista…

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The Schools Transforming Immigrant Education

Katherine Zelaya sits in the front of her math class, leading her table of classmates in a word problem that’s asking them to determine the median and mean for a set of numbers. “¿Por qué?” she chimes in, asking Maria Alejandra to tell her why she came to a certain conclusion. “Jesús, termínalo,” the 19-year-old says a little later, encouraging the classmate on her left to finish his work. The scene in Michael Krell’s probability and statistics class at the International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, D.C. is a…

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Why Uttarakhand must not use English for teaching in govt schools

For a child, the school acts like a bridge connecting the home and the world. In this transitional crossing of environments, research and study have consistently highlighted the key role played by the mother tongue. That, when instructed in the mother tongue or home language, children perform better in subject-based learning. So, adopting English as the medium of instruction for early-age learners (from Class 1) in schools, like the proposed plan for government institutions in Uttarakhand, looks problematic. Education begins at home with the home language and gets conditioned by…

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Teachers in deprived schools 'more likely to be inexperienced'

Teachers working in the most deprived schools, where attainment levels are lower and children are needier, are more likely to be inexperienced and therefore less effective at their job, according to new research. The study by the University of Cambridge was published on Wednesday ahead of a summit organised by the Sutton Trust education charity to discuss how to improve social mobility through schools – in particular, how to ensure the best teaching for the most deprived children. The study found that experienced teachers, who are more effective than those…

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Tackling in schools rugby should be banned, health experts say

Traditional school rugby could become a thing of the past under plans put forward by health experts to ban tackling in the children’s form of the game. Fears that children are being put at risk of potentially fatal head and spinal injuries have prompted more than 70 doctors, health and sports experts to call on the Government to remove all harmful forms of contact from school rugby. The concerns are raised in a letter sent to ministers, chief medical officers and children’s commissioners published on 2 March. The signatories suggest…

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Cambridge University college launches scheme to widen state access to study medicine

One of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges has launched a scheme to encourage sixth-formers from state schools to apply to study medicine by letting them experience undergraduate life. The project was the brainchild of two medical students at Gonville and Caius College who were concerned at the difficulties facing state school pupils who might find it harder to break into the profession. They wanted to give practical advice and show them that Cambridge students were “not all posh boys in red trousers”. Medicine is highly competitive and requires medical work experience.…

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Schools facing 'national crisis' over teacher recruitment, headteachers’ leader warns

Schools are in the grip of a “national crisis” over teacher recruitment, a headteachers’ leader will tell the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan this week. Allan Foulds, the president of the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary headteachers and college leaders – will warn the shortage of recruits is so severe it is jeopardising the Government’s drive to improve standards in schools. In his address to his association’s annual conference on Friday Mr Foulds will draw attention to the shortage of recruits, the exodus…

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