Education

‘Time for nature’: Education and the environment

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Time for nature”. This view of the UN shows that we have reached the tipping point regarding the way we view Mother Nature. It is the moment to act! In line with the theme, I am happy to share empirical statistics to showcase the Indian government’s work on environment conservation under ... Read More »

How COVID-19 will transform access to education in our region

Over the past decade the traditional university classroom model of higher education has had to contend with three disruptive forces: the march of the digital age, the persistent creep of online distance education as a viable learning alternative, and a global social movement calling for the democratization of education for those who lack means or access. When the year 2020 ... Read More »

Tech education can pursue the new normal, promote quality learning

The new normal, brought in by the Covid-19 pandemic, seems to be settling a decades-long debate on how best to deliver education, especially technical education, to students. Over the last three decades, there have been debates on theoretical versus practical knowledge. The educational institutions have defended their practice of delivering lectures and having some lab work with their available time. ... Read More »

Worried about your child’s higher education in a foreign university amid Covid-19 pandemic? Read this

Covid-19 has left a number of prospective student candidates pondering about their future plans of joining foreign universities in the new academic year 2020-21. Foreign universities have either cancelled on-campus visits and in some cases admissions until further notice. They have transcended to offering virtual tours for admissions. However, personal visit to the campus is cancelled till further notice. A ... Read More »

Four K-12 Education Models That May Gain Popularity During COVID-19

Education during the pandemic. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images In just a few weeks, U.S. education has dramatically changed. Schools have been closed for the academic year in most states, and some districts have already canceled their foray into virtual school-at-home this spring, ending the school year early. With more than 50 million U.S. students at home with their families, ... Read More »

Tribal students in Wayanad left out as education goes online amid lockdown

At a time when the education system is going online in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, students from the tribal settlements without internet connectivity or smartphones are left out. “The government intervention to link school students to online platforms to provide them with education is good. But at the same time, the government must consider the special situation of tribal ... Read More »

Online education in India extremely scalable: Abhijit Banerjee tells why shift to digital is good

Abhijit Banerjee also runs a Master’s programme (in Data, Economics & Development Policy) with MIT which is half online.  Schools and other educational institutions across the globe have witnessed a shift towards online learning as countries around the world have been under a lockdown for over a month now due to coronavirus. India is no different and the country has ... Read More »

It’s Time To Take Time Out Of Learning And Reinvent Higher Education

Everything takes more time if you are poor. The essentials of daily life, getting groceries and doing the laundry and getting to and from work, take planning and time that most of us scarcely consider when the groceries are being delivered, the washer is down the hall, and getting to work means jumping in our car. For students of modest financial means, ... Read More »

State Board of Education suspends school attendance rules if closed

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The Kansas State Board of Education announced they are giving executive privileges to the State Education Commissioners to grant schools special exceptions if impacted by the coronavirus. “This is only if a school is required to close by the public health departments or KDHE,” said Susan McMahan, Director of the Safe and Secure Schools Unit with the ... Read More »

Is India’s education spending efficient?

India’s public spending on education at about 4% of GDP is lower than that of most middle-income and low-income countries. However, when it comes to using these funds effectively, India may be a relative outperformer in the developing world, a new World Bank study by Élisé Wendlassida Miningou shows. Miningou uses data from 130 countries between 2000-2015 to gauge efficiency ... Read More »