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Next EducationFebruary 28, 2017


In another attempt to increase the level of education in the country, CBSE has decided to periodically review the textbooks of private publishers that CBSE-affiliated schools prescribe.

The reviews will be to ensure that the textbooks meet the specifications of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), a set of guidelines which ensures that learning happens in a manner that benefits the students. Making learning a joyful experience, developing a sense of self-reliance and dignity, child-centri…

Next EducationFebruary 23, 2017


NSSO Report on education: Insights into the private tutoring industry


The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), in the first half of 2014, conducted a survey of 66,000 households. The report presents the proliferating nature of the private tutoring industry existing in India. The major highlights of the report are:

  • A glaring 21% of the student population, estimated at 7.1 crore, resort to private tuitions to bridge the gap between classroom learni…

Next EducationFebruary 22, 2017


Sibling rivalry is any feeling of jealousy, competition or enmity towards one’s sibling(s). It may or may not be mutual. For parents, any form of it in any extent can be very challenging to deal with.


The following points may assist you in dealing with sibling rivalry in your children:


  • Start before they start:
  • First off, try to have a gap of at least 3 years in between your children. Children who are closer in regards to age ten…

Next EducationFebruary 22, 2017


The Health Ministry has decided to provide peer education to adolescents through adolescent peer educators, who will be called ‘saathiya.’ The resource material prepared for them, which was released by the health Secretary C K Mishra on 20th February, seems greatly progressive considering that issues like sex and sexuality, gender and gender roles are still sensitive topics in India.

The resource material not just refers to attraction to the same or opposite sex as a normal feeling…

Next EducationFebruary 21, 2017


The central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released a circular, addressed to heads of all CBSE affiliated schools, stating that NCERT textbooks will be available in all such schools,before the commencement of academic session 2017-18.

The circular states that NCERT will be printing and supplying adequate quantity of textbooks to meet the needs of all students from classes I-XII. While the books will be available at selected NCERT Sale Counters, schools can also place online orders fo…

Next EducationFebruary 18, 2017


Mindful of the physical burden students have to bear each day in carrying heavy school bags, the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar declared that the ministry is working on new norms for CBSE schools to reduce the burden of bags on students.

He is quoted to have said at an event where several school students were present: “I am going to reduce the weight of schoolbags […] carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundl…

Next EducationFebruary 18, 2017


Most children dislike, if not dread, doing their homework. As a parent, it becomes a gruelling task to properly motivate your children towards doing their assignment on time. You cannot do the homework for them because you understand how important it is for the  children to do it themselves. At the same time, you cannot push them beyond a certain extent as it may break their spirit. The following  are some smart tips on how to make your children understand the importance of doing their homewor…

Next EducationFebruary 18, 2017


If you are planning a vacation or looking forward to a casual break along with  your children, travelling is something which is highly satisfying. In addition to the inherent charm of travelling, it can help in building character and develop life skills in your children.

Here are a  few ways in which of travelling can boost a child’s brain:

  • Travelling is de-stressing: The most significant aspect of travelling is that it allows us to break free from the daily routine. The…

Next EducationFebruary 18, 2017


It has been proposed to include learning outcomes in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The NCERT had prepared a draft on the learning outcomes for school children and till the 31st of January had sought feedback on the draft through its unit, Central Unit of Education Technology. The draft covers all classes and includes learning outcomes for Hindi, English and Urdu. Stemming from the National Policy on Education, 1986 and the Programme of Action, 1992, w…

Next EducationFebruary 13, 2017


The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Friday, 10th February, 2017, announced that with effect from 2018, admission to all engineering and architecture colleges will be made through a single entrance examination, on the lines of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges.

The decision is made to make the admission process more transparent and relieve the burden of heavy capitation fee levied on students. The decision is also thought of as elevating …