While the rest of the world celebrates Children’s Day on November 20 every year, India celebrates it six days ahead, on the birth anniversary of its most beloved Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. With the Right to Education Bill passed successfully by our parliamentarians, education has become a fundamental right of children across the country.
However, education is not penetrating the darkest corners of India’s society, due to poor implementation. But at the same time, educationists across the country are doing their bit by stretching a lending hand to the needy and teaching the importance of education in a child’s life.
Sharonee Mullick, principal of Singapore International School (SIS), Mumbai, said, “Even though the literacy rate has gone up in our country, there are large sections of society which are deprived of basic education. It is our duty to step in and share our resources with those who are in need of help.” Read More>>
India’s financial capital is now its international school capital as well. The largest number of schools in the country affiliated to the two international boards that have set foot in India – International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) – are in Mumbai.
While 22 of the 65 IB schools in the country are located in Mumbai, 54 of the 206 IGCSE schools in India are located in and around Mumbai.
The city has more than twice the number of international schools than Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida put together. Read More >>
Parents upset at schools charging high fees but not delivering on quality have joined hands to fight the system collectively. A rainbow coalition of parents and parent organisations are getting together to form the All India Federation of Parents’ Associations so that they can collectively battle irregularities in the system. The federation is in the process of getting itself registered with Mumbai’s charity commissioner.
“While commercialisation of education is rampant throughout the country, there is a growing criminalisation of the education system. We want to stop it before it spreads like cancer,” says Dr Avisha Kulkarni, the sole parent on the state government fee regulatory committee, who will be the general secretary of the federation. Incidentally, Kulkarni is involved in a legal battle against the management of her daughter’s school over fees.
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