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July 14, 2015
Karen Emslie explored how speaking at least two languages is known to improve multitasking and problem-solving skills and give children insight into other cultures as they explore different cultural identities within themselves. ... More
March 30, 2015
The regional director of NIOS in Pune clarified on Monday that only candidates with 40% or more disability will get writers.... More
March 30, 2015
The budgetary allocations on health and nutrition programmes for children, who are the most vulnerable, have dipped to Rs 11,093 crore from Rs 21,668 crore last year. In December 2014 itself, the finance minister reduced the health budget by 18 per cent, thereby lowering the base for future allocations. This year, he increased allocations by 2 per cent, but on the revised estimates. This adds up to a 16 per cent cut on last year’s outlays.... More
March 25, 2015
Learning Disability is not a disability in India and articles like this misinform the community. We must know our rights and the law. ... More
January 20, 2015
Down's Syndrome, Manik Vidya Mandir School Bandra West, Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights... More
August 31, 2014
While the parents, who have dragged the school to court, call the decision unfair, school says they are only following the rules. Court orders the institution to take the student back till final order is announced... More
July 1, 2014
The state government has issued instructions to local education offices on use of funds for disabled students. The centre has provided the funds by means of 'Kendra Shasan Puruskrit Apang Ekatma Shikshan Yojna' and 'Sarva Shikshan Abhiyan' (SSA). The policy entails that students aged between 14-18 studying in Std IX-XII can avail of the centres established at several places by the government for help in studies.... More
May 24, 2014
Illiteracy levels are high across all categories of disability and very high for children with visual, multiple and mental disabilities compared to national averages. Generating awareness that the disabled have full rights to appropriate education in mainstream schools and that it is the duty of those involved in administration at every level, including schools, to ensure that they have access to education is of utmost importance.... More
May 1, 2014
According to the Madurai district educational officer, the department had found that 1,296 schools throughout the state were unrecognised, while 723 primary and nursery schools were found with far from the mandatory requirements. Notices have been sent to all the schools seeking explanation.... More
April 14, 2014
Indian Express recently published a very interesting article about teachers being not just educators but change-makers. They interviewed school teachers from across the country on innovative ways and methods they used to engage their students in their class. Instead of labelling children ADD, ADHD and Dyslexic, these teachers went a little deeper to ask the big question WHY they were distracted in class. ... More
April 13, 2014
The legal system in India, over the years, has made many provisions for those with disabilities. Their recent advancement was including rights of children with disabilities in the Right to Education Act. Our constitution ensures that every child with special needs, irrespective of the kind, category and degree of disability, is provided meaningful and quality education for at least up to Class 8. However...... More
April 5, 2014
When you go in for a surgery, is it not most important to know how experienced the surgeon is and even more importantly, if he has a degree to do what he is going to? If you have a case to be fought in court, will you give your case to a lawyer without a license? Then why is it okay for you to send your children to teachers who have no teaching degree? ... More
March 5, 2014
An initiative in Jharkhand, inspired by the Right to Education Act, has allowed 5000 slum children to attend classes in private and government schools. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has started a ‘Street to School’ programme, which helps children from slum areas get their due rights. ... More
January 13, 2014
Section 13(2) of the Right to Education (RTE) Act clearly states that no school or person, while admitting a child, can collect any capitation fee and subject the child or parents or guardian to any screening.... More
September 1, 2013
This article talks about teacher training programmes like B.Ed and D.Ed not having a module on how to handle children with special needs in regular classrooms. Although the courses have information about children with special needs in theory, the curriculum lacks any practical experience.... More
September 1, 2013
RTE has provided equal opportunities to children with disabilities and special needs by giving them their right to attend regular schools. Until now, most schools were not designed to accommodate differently-abled individuals (students or teachers) but thanks to RTE, this is an opportunity for our schools to become more sensitized spaces. ... More
August 29, 2013
The space crunch in Mumbai affects every individual living in the city in some way or the other. The article below by Hindustan Times highlights the space problem our children are facing in their classrooms. The Right to Education (RTE) Act clearly mentions that classes in the primary section must have only up to 30 children per class and up to 35 students in the secondary section. ... More
August 26, 2013
This is an interesting article throwing light on why certain children remain out of school and why some others are forced to drop out. The article mentions 75,000 children in Maharashtra out of schools, of which 10,000 are children from Mumbai itself.... More
July 25, 2013
As the implementation of the RTE begins at a crawling speed, most schools as well as authorities are grappling to understand which schools fall under the RTE’s purview and which ones don’t. Unaided private schools are looking for loopholes in the Act and conveniently squeezing themselves out of their obligations. ... More

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