Blind students struggle to get higher education

The three percent reservation for disabled students in government aided institutions has also failed to encourage the visually impaired to pursue higher education.      It is yet another day of spring, the sky is full of clouds, the breeze is soothing in the evenings and the ambience surrounding us makes us feel warm and happy. […]

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Pandemic worsens the state of child labour in Karnataka

In the list of states with the highest incidence of child labour cases, Karnataka stands in the ninth position. Barren land in the middle of fields of Bheemanakatte village, only a few kilometers away from Kengeri, is home to a small community of construction workers and their families. It is surrounded by an array of […]

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Children with disabilities left out of mainstream education

Lack of inclusive education and trained personnel force 26 lakh special children out of mainstream education. “Nobody accepted my child into a mainstream school,” said Sudha Madhavi, whose child, Raju* has multiple disabilities – epilepsy, autism and a learning disability. She had to teach her son at home all by herself. “I am alone fighting […]

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Government’s promise of Braille books yet to see the light of the day

Many schools in Bengaluru unaware about the scheme. Bharathi Kokade, 15, a blind student studying at Sri Rakum school, Indiranagar, still learns from old Braille textbooks provided by her school. At the Divine Light School for the Blind, one Braille book is shared among five students. The promised Braille books and digital book banks never […]

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Students in a quandary as Ukraine crisis continues

They are waiting for online classes to begin Indian students studying in Ukraine are worried  about their education and future as uncertainty looms  due to the Russia-Ukraine situation. Anushka Pant, 22, a first-year medical student at the Kharkiv National Medical University in Ukraine, informed The Observer: “Our education has been severely affected by the war […]

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Schools: Hello, Math; Wait, Media Literacy

Media literacy is still an additional workshop in Indian schools and a touchy topic in Indian homes—teachers, media experts and sociologists say that this needs to change. Bengaluru: It is 2 p.m., an hour after lunch break. As *Ishita looks out of her classroom window, she sees the gloomy grey clouds fill Bengaluru’s skies. She looks […]

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RTE of no use to city orphans

Many orphanages prefer sending their children to nearby schools than RTE-reserved-unaided schools to save transport costs and other overhead expenses.  The list stands out in the office in black and white. Food, rent, birthday celebrations, gas, laptops, printers, staff salaries—it costs a lot to finance the lives of 23 children at Vatsalyapuram Orphanage, Jayanagar. However, […]

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More work and low pay: special educators face uncertain future

Special educators in schools employed under contracts are overburdened with work due to delay in recruitment of trained teachers. Fewer special educators are willing to teach in mainstream schools because the contracts they are issued are not attractive enough. This has reduced the opportunities for inclusivity in these schools. The number of special educators in […]

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Karnataka’s education sector struggles to adopt e-education

Teachers are not well-versed with online meeting platforms used for online classes. Dr. Helen Roselin has been teaching Environmental Sciences at Mount Carmel College for many years. She loves to teach, but online teaching has made her hate her job. She feels she isn’t able to give 100 percent to her students because she lacks […]

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