posted Apr 17, 2010, 12:35 AM by Prashanth Mohan
updated Aug 9, 2010, 10:24 PM
Attendees: Venky, Tanushree, Ashwin, Gireeja, Aditya, Achintya, Prashanth
- RTE -> Started in 2002
- What is the difference between the 135 countries which provide for Free and compulsary education and the 13 countries that provide "totally free" education?
- Does enrollment matter when there is enough GDP per capita?
- Aditya: How does the mid day meal scheme work with the RTE
Venky: RTE requires that the schools have a kitchen. But does not talk about mid day meal scheme.
- Aditya: Are there any provisions for mentally and physically challenged children?
Tanushree: The laws might extend upto the age of 18 for these children.
- Aditya: Should not the education sector be seen in the context of the location? Chinese universities even allow education in the chinese medium.
- Venky: There is no metric for evaluation of teacher effectiveness. The school management team (consisting of parents) could have been responsible for evaluating the teachers.
Another aspect is whether compensation for teachers should be based on results.
- Prashanth: The impetus of ensuring proper attendance on the part of the student being on the state is the right thing to do, since it will spark further innovation such as the mid day meal scheme.
- Prashanth: Teacher compensations will increase due to shortage of qualified professionals
Other: People without BEd can also be hired initially and then trained
Prashanth: If someone is qualified to become a teacher, they are probably qualified for a call center job. This would cause significant increase in teacher pay.
Achintya: Are there enough vacancies in the call center sector?
- Achintya: Is there a regulation agency for enforcing the norms spelled out in the RTE act?
Venky: national commission for protection of child rights
- Other: RTE's promises seem to be more of a hollow promise with very little tangible commitment
- How much does the medium of education matter?
Easier to understand if the medium is in the local language