Japan’s School System Is More Equitable—and Less Costly

KAWAMATA, Japan—In many countries, the United States included, students’ economic backgrounds often determine the quality of the education they receive. Richer students tend to go to schools funded by high property taxes, with top-notch facilities and staff that help them succeed. In districts where poorer students live, students often get shoddy facilities, out-of-date textbooks, and fewer guidance counselors. Not in Japan. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of 35 wealthy countries, Japan ranks highly among its peers in providing its rich and poor students with…

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‘Hopeless system’: Mumbai University’s economics school head retires voluntarily amid crisis

Even as University of Mumbai struggles to meet the July 31 deadline for announcing the delayed results of examinations, senior officials are abandoning the university. Neeraj Hatekar, head of department, Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, has decided to opt for voluntary retirement, calling the problems at the university a “fight within a hopeless system of no use”. Known for voicing his opinion for or against the working of the university, Hatekar, on Monday morning, shared a post on Facebook announcing his decision to take voluntary retirement. “I realise…

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Education system dehumanised, mass producing clones: Delhi HC

New Delhi: The education system has become “completely dehumanised” into a machine which is “mass producing clones” and frowning upon individuality, the Delhi High Court said on Tuesday. “It (education system) is completely de-humanised. It is a machine. The human element has been completely taken out. The contact between teacher and student is perfunctory. There is no connect,” a bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri said. The bench said, “Are we producing clones? We seem to be mass producing clones. It seems individuality is frowned upon now. You must…

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If IIMs cannot offer online course, something is really wrong with Indian education system

Just when it appeared the government was readying to reduce its chokehold on education by giving both colleges and universities more freedom in setting academic and other standards as long as they met certain quality standards, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with new regulations that suggest it is in no mood to let go. The UGC’s new rules on distance education, for instance, stipulate that only recognised universities or deemed-to-be-universities would be allowed to offer such courses. So, an ISB or an IIM, for instance, will not…

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Activists moot one nation, one education system’

Call for a unified primary and upper primary education in the country gained momentum with social activists in Varanasi launching a signature campaign. The activists also sought abolition of the private education system. They advocated for individual state boards, managed by the government, across the country under which students in the primary (1-5) and upper primary section (class five to 8) would receive common education. This, they said, would improve education standard at government-run-primary schools besides providing a level-playing field for students from various background. There are 2.43 lakh government…

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