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Vacancy But No Skills No Jobs

Vacancy But No Skills No Jobs

Recently, there was a debate in the political circles about the absence of jobs, the opposition blaming the center for the situation. The center insisted that jobs were in place but skilled personnel were not available to fill the vacancies. How do students develop skill-sets to fill the available vacancies ...

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Validity of Assessments

Validity of Assessments

By Nitya Sundaram There have always been arguments for and against tests and exams; a debate that goes on and on with no end in sight. So, ultimately, what is the validity of assessments? A few examples and considerations will throw some light. Validity of Assessments: Let us say, a ...

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Popular Teachers vs Professional Teachers

Popular Teachers vs Professional Teachers

By Nithya Sundaram One of the biggest issues our education system is facing is the tussle between a popular teacher vs a professional teacher. There is continuous pressure on teachers to be popular with children since that seems to decide how proficient a teacher is. Very often the hapless teacher ...

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Role of Parents in Shaping Children

Role of Parents in Shaping Children

By Nithya Sundaram Two types of parents seem to be everywhere in every place I have worked. There are, of course, some very sensible parents and their children grow up into responsible and dignified people. Among the others, there are two types. The first is the `helicopter parent’, who hovers ...

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Pressures of Homework

Homework and its Relevance

By Nithya Sundaram The recent directive from High Court in Chennai that classes one and 2 should not get any homework has triggered a debate on the value of homework for young children. There are fundamentally two perspectives to it; the learners and parents. The school perspective should ideally be ...

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