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NGO Care India urges Free Education for all Children in a Safe and Secure Environment

Care India recommended a focus on ensuring that children learn in a time-bound manner where classroom processes are equitable and promote learning.

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New Delhi, November 11, 2016: Education should be free for all children in a safe and secure environment, according to a statement released by leading NGO Care India here on Friday.

“Children between 0-6 years age group and 14-18 years age group should come under the ambit of Right To Education (RTE) and education must be strictly owned by the state,” it said.

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 “In view of the large number of out-of-school children in the country, there is a need to spell out a systematic and clear approach or strategy to address their needs and how they will be mainstreamed into formal schools,” the statement added.

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The National Policy on Education was formulated in 1986 and then underwent modifications in 1992.

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Care India recommended a focus on ensuring that children learn in a time-bound manner where classroom processes are equitable and promote learning.

“The new policy must focus on a highlighted use of multilingual resources and pedagogy to help children acquire early literacy and language skills,” the statement said.

Noting that more than 50 per cent children who are attending school, Care India recommended to recognize that children are out of school due to social, pedagogical and systemic factors, hence customized and contextualized education needs to be developed, inclusive of an empowering gender, social inclusive curriculum and teacher development program based on it.

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According to Care India, school curriculum should be localized for the diverse country where mother tongue-based education is promoted in both urban and rural areas.

“One of the important focus areas has to be recruitment of quality teachers with adequate resources to implement a complex early literacy and language program with a strong gender and equity component at all levels.” (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    It is very necessary to provide free education to all unprivileged children….well done

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?