“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

488 - Target IIT: Parents move students to state schools

TNN Apr 29, 2013, 06.26AM IST

HYDERABAD: Ever heard of parents taking their kids out of a school because they think there is not enough homework? Cases like these are surfacing in city schools with increasing number of parents shifting their children from CBSE and ICSE schools to certain SSC schools where "special focus" is laid on academics and high ranks are guaranteed.
Despite the deafening buzz surrounding the importance of all-round development and hazards of high academic pressure across the world these days, city parents still seem to be under the 'rank spell', bitten by the IIT bug.

One such parent is V Satish, an MNC employee who recently shifted his daughter, a Class VI student, to a school with increased focus on studies. "In her old school, there was hardly any homework for her and she just seemed to while away her time after school. Moreover, there was no IIT coaching too," he said, justifying his move.

Officials in CBSE schools and other institutions in the city where emphasis is on extracurricular activities and less academic pressure, say that every year a handful of parents decide to shift their children to schools where special IIT JEE coaching is given.

"Although the percentage is not very high, we do see more than five cases annually wherein parents with children in Classes VI and VII opting for state syllabus schools with special coaching classes which function for more than eight hours a day," said M Varalakshmi, principal of Jubilee Hills Public School, adding that around three years ago, this number was much lesser.
As if the sudden change of school was not enough, some parents are taking it a step further by monitoring their kids' schedules at home too. Romila Prabhakar (name changed) doesn't have any television at her home and ensures her children, who too have recently been pulled out of a CBSE and an ICSE school, realise "how tough the world is."

"Cartoons and cable television will ruin them. They have to get adjusted to studying for over 10 hours a day. It is a tough world and they better prepare for competitive exams from now onwards," she said.

Predictably, counsellors and psychologists do not approve of these methods saying how it could adversely affect the child's mental health.
"Too much academic pressure could result in severe anxiety and in the long run, could lead to low-self esteem, depression and even suicidal tendencies as they will not be able to adapt to situations effectively, given the lack of communication skills and practical ability," said Dr Bhaskar Naidu of Roshni Counselling Centre.

He said that every week, he gets at least a couple of cases of children of Class VI -XII suffering from stress due to academic pressure. Counsellors say recent cases of students committing suicide after the Intermediate Class XI exams could also be linked to increasing peer pressure.

At least three students committed suicide in the districts last week and three others went missing after they failed to get marks demanded by their parents.