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Right to Education to cover all categories of disability

A month after being passed by Parliament, the Right to Education Act is set to be amended to include all categories of differently-abled children in its ambit. The move comes after intervention by the prime minister’s office following protests from disabled rights groups

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SSA making steady progress in Himachal

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), launched in 2001 in Himachal Pradesh, is making steady progress with the strengthening and expansion of basic infrastructure in elementary schools

http://dailypioneer.com/199199/, September 2009 

Indian Parliament passes landmark Right to Education Bill

It has taken six-and-half years, two governments, and half-a-dozen drafts to put in place enabling legislation making the right to education a fundamental right in India

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Educationists express concern over Right to Education Bill

The Right to Education Bill, passed this week by the Rajya Sabha, stops short of providing a common schooling system and discriminates between students in government schools and private unaided schools, say educationists

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76% of schools use low-quality grain for midday meal in UP: CAG report

According to a recently released annual report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, around 76% of schools in Uttar Pradesh use low-quality foodgrain for midday meals. The report also highlights several irregularities in the scheme’s implementation

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Central anti-ragging agency soon

A central helpline to help victims of ragging at educational institutions will be set up in a week the government tells the Supreme Court after placing a probe report that cites alcoholism on campus as one of the main reasons behind the menace

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True inclusion

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

The move to include characters with disabilities in school textbooks is welcome, but do we not need a more nuanced portrayal?

disability in school textbooks

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Good girls are submissive and subsidiary

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

School textbooks continue to portray a predominantly male and patriarchal world. Women are depicted as demure, stay-at-home accessories for the male. They seem to exist only to preserve the status quo

Sukh ka Dwar, Rajasthan Class 5

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Chaste women and learned brahmins

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

How should school textbooks deal with realities such as caste, class and religious discrimination? Should they pretend they don’t exist, or confront them? Part 2 in our series analysing the values and biases in textbooks

education in India

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Top-down or participatory learning?

Who is the ideal child/student? One who dialogues with the teacher, or one who obeys, follows, copies? This is the first in a series of articles by Deepti Priya Mehrotra that will examine the values, biases and prejudices perpetuated by school textbooks

education in India

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