ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Disha Nawani

Unburdening the Child

The deletion of three chapters of the history textbook of Class 9 has been carried out in the name of reducing the burden on children. Quantifying burden in this manner and equating it with “bulk” alone reflects a myopic view of the problem of academic load and its relationship with textbooks, and is an attempt to invisiblise interconnections between time, place and ideas/events, intersectionalities between caste, class, andgender, and issues of conflict and social injustice.

Right to Education

Despite a few glaring shortcomings, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 proved to be a landmark. It provided a justiciable legal framework that entitled all children (6–14 years) to education and established basic parameters for quality education. Several provisions are, however, still not in place, which brings the efficacy of its features and implementation into question. This article considers the progress and shortcomings of the implementation of the act.

School Education

The proposed National Policy on Education 2016 has important implications with respect to school education in India. While acknowledging some of its positive features, attention must be focused on objectives of education as espoused in the policy: key amendments suggested in the Right to Education Act, 2009; position and importance of Early Childhood Care and Education and reforms proposed in the curriculum and assessment practices in schools.

Caste among Schoolchildren

Despite the potential of the paper, "Critical Thinking on Caste among Schoolchildren in Maharashtra: Case Study of Two Schools in Chiplun" (EPW, 31 May 2014), it is reduced to a reporting of some of the views and attitudes of children on caste-related issues and leaves much to be desired. The paper does not achieve the objectives it set out for itself. It makes sweeping generalisations across sites and across respondents and holds the schools responsible for being unable to develop critical thinking among children.