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Started by : M Sood, Manager, HCL   05 17 2011 11:30:03 +0000
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India's literacy rate is 74% according to census 2011. India’s literacy level has increased by 9.21 percent in the past 10 years to reach 74.04 percent. 

 

What further can be done to increase the literacy growth rate in India?

 
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1 in the context of islamic banking trying to come to india let us debate whether interest on monies is good or bad
2 Every literate to adopt 5 illiterates
3 Public Private Partnerships
4 Remove Private and demand only Government Institutions up to 12th grade
5 build NGO to run school for illiterates
6 Change the system
7 Literacy at a village level.
8 Citizens should also take responsibility.
9 All private institutions should take responsibility
10 Need to have a relook at the system

in the context of islamic banking trying to come to india let us debate whether interest on monies is good or bad

idea posted by m k mathai senior manager, canara bank , broadway ekm
interest earned on deposits ( and as corollary demanded on loans ) is a bad idea. in fact we are encouraging people who own money to stash it away in banks instead of making the money work by investing in productive ventures. true the banks as intermediaries do lend the money and make it work. but why add about 4% ( this is the spread a bank generally pockets ) to the cost of funds ? the other issue is that bank can pay interest to the depositor only if he collects interest from the borrower. the borrower in turn should get it from the consumer. notwithstanding anything printed in those revered economics guide books , any interest paid on money kept idle is a damper . a lot of of sophistication and complication will be required to confuse and the basic issue . why should anyone expect the money that he has bundled up ( not put to any productive use) grow ; grow with time at an assured ( not even flexible enough to reflect the economic realities ) rate
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by Muhammed jabir rifai, Graduate in Mechanical Engineering  | 06 12 2011 04:16:44 +0000

Re-post it as a debate sir. This is worth discuss

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by m k mathai, senior manager, canara bank , broadway ekm  | 06 12 2011 03:45:21 +0000

this post is out of context . i wanted to create a new topic for discussion but landed in this mess. sorry . the idea is worth debating . but under a different topic.

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Every literate to adopt 5 illiterates

idea posted by S. Muralidharan Executive Director, Knowledge Foundation
Neither Government nor private institutions can do anything about it. Government won't do it, because the politicians want them to be illiterates for vote-bank politics! Private institutions have commercial overtones, hence they would not do any charity. This is the scene we are watching out for the past 64 years, no respite as yet. Therefore, every literate person, singly or jointly, contribute to educate illiterates. The best way to do is to even pick up five children from near and dear ones who lack education show them beacon light to come up in life. You would then do great service to the society.
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Public Private Partnerships

idea posted by M Sood Manager, HCL

In the budget 2011, of the Rs 52000 allocated to the education, Rs 15000 crores have been reserved for Sarv Shikhsha Abhiyan (SSA). The recently introduced right to education act guaranteeing free and compulsory school education to all children comes under SSA.

 

But the recent annual survey done by NGO 'Pratham' revealed that while school enrollment figures have gone up in most of the states, quality of the education has fallen. Overall, after 5 years of schooling, almost 50% of the childrean are at class  - 2 level.

 

So I feel tying up with private institutions, doing public private partnerships for schools will help increasing the quality of education in India and the literacy rate as well.

 

The recently introduced Right to Education Act guaranteeing free and compulsory school education to all children comes under the SSA. But, as a recent
annual survey by the NGO Pratham revealed, while school enrolment figures have gone up in most states, quality of education has fallen: overall, after five years of schooling, almost 50% of children are at the Class II level.

 

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Remove Private and demand only Government Institutions up to 12th grade

idea posted by K LAXMINARAYANA RAO Freelancer
Allowing Entry of Private in to a vital sector as education is wrong in countries having very high population density like India. Private always has a profit motive and nothing wrong in that. DO you want the education sector to be a business enterprice? In Highly populated countries where it is always seller market suppliers form cartel and raises the price and supplies the poor quality goods and service. Also for every quality of goods and service you can find a class of buyer who needs to be serviced. Like Mangos very good quality Happos is brought by celbrities and the rich at a price of Rs 2000 a kilo and artificially ripend Totapuri that is left behind by the processor and middle class is bought buy the people living streets and slums. Every one wants to eat Mango and at their price. There is always a buyer in India for every thing. So is education. We have World class residential Schools with Fee ranging from Rs 2-5 lakhs a year and we have Government or aided schools running under tree shaed also where you dont have to pay fees if you are in that category. So every one makes business. people then tie up with Tution Schools and Pay extra for helping children to mug up waht they have to write. We have then education reforms where they teach you how to choose an answer and examination reforms to help you to pass easily where 40-60% multiple chice questions are asked so the even an illiterate can directly write an exam and pass if he is lucky by ticking the answers. But all those who entered education field as a business and the Officials and Politicians who made money to give permisions are busy canvasing for the PPP mode for every thing. Like our tolled roads, where PPP is brought in efficiency and reduce fuel and travel time. We now have to wait in long ques to pay toll at every 50 or 100 km. We pay Excise duty, Slaes tax while buying vehicle that is about 25% of cost of vehicle and then youy pay life time road tax that is another 5-10% and you pay almost 40% of fuel price as tax andwhen tolled roads are made they where given exta land for building township and facilities along the roads and they could recover the entire cost and make profit by real estate deal alone but are allowed to collect tolls and sahe it with politicians. So is the Education sector PPP is the best and Government job is only to collect tax and spend it on them by the populistic gimmics.
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build NGO to run school for illiterates

idea posted by Seema Partner/Principal/VP, Angel Associates
NGO's can help out so lets join hand to build new NGO for helping hand for illiterates.
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Change the system

idea posted by AMISH Writer - Administrator
Current system of education does have restriction with respect to enhancement of knowledge. People are too oriented to gather curriculam details than knowledge. Often those who are seeking information/knowledge outside the scope of the syllabi are asked to shut and sit. My son suffered the most. Hence this analysis. He asks hundreds of questions and he is restless till satisfactory answer is received. So the point is whether we should retain a system that only aims are providing education through a format or should the knowledge be gained from means outside the format, I feel that the knowledge of current society is not sufficient to answer all questions and hence it is best left to individuals to seek the answers to their questions and hence the need for a platform for such queries should be changed and made more liberal.
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Literacy at a village level.

idea posted by Rajendran Mariagnanam Mariagnanam Founder and managing partner, Braintrain consultancy services LLP
Should we have one teacher for every village then that could be a good initiative to improve literacy. The education at village level could be more on knowledge around their domain of life to improve their survival like agri based etc. Like what Seema has said many Ngo's can target villages either to adopt them or provide eduction to the needy for improving the literacy and the employ-ability level. Basic education could be on health and hygiene, law matters,news around them and the world, the products that could be grown, the market information,some technology that could be useful to them.
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Citizens should also take responsibility.

idea posted by Rohit Thakur Projects Coordinator, Construction Engineering
We should also encourage and support people to reach up to the proper educational level. Either financially or Morally! Govt. is doing their part but I think if we can help someone in anyways to get education then WHY NOT?
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All private institutions should take responsibility

idea posted by Kumara Swamy Project Associate, IIIT-H
It should be the part of all the institutions such as private schools, college, engineering colleges, etc. to take the responsibility of adult education in all parts of the country.
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Need to have a relook at the system

idea posted by Shashi Kumar U Head Accounts, Geluvu Food Products
The eduction policy that various state governments follow are out dated and are not in keeping with the changing social and economic situations. i will cite one example here the Kannada medium schools run by the government of kanataka has not takers and the government of karnataka is planing to close it down like this there are various issues which needs to be addressed, so the eduction system needs to be relooked.
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by m k mathai, senior manager, canara bank , broadway ekm  | 06 12 2011 03:11:22 +0000

yes . informal education is the solution. no need to sit tight for 6 hours in a closed room 5 days a week to learn things. books , teachers, balck boards are all ok but there are alternatives like the internet. i am not talking about primary education which means reading writnig and a bit of arithmetics. this facility should be given by the state compulsorily to each child. from there on leave the children free. do not keep them confined for almost 50% of their wake time. instead give them the option to walk in to an internet centre and learn what ever they want. make it free. and of course provide programmes at that level. another alternative is to employ all those unemployed graduates to teach the children in their houses or in a public place like the library or even in the existing school buildings after the regualr class is over. and of course pay the graduates . it is better than the unemployment dole .

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