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How Special Coaching Helped A Karnataka District Improve Its SSLC Results

How did Bengaluru Rural district improve its position in the Senior School Leaving Certificate examination of 2018-19 from 14 to 3, with a 15 percentage points more pass percentage than Karnataka’s state average? Two special coaching initiatives led by the district’s chief executive officer hold the key. Some 1,983 students who scored poorly in the mid-term examination were given additional attention and support from teachers and officials, in a project financed by the corporate social responsibility arm of the Bangalore International Airport Limited. The outcome is instructive for the entire country, where already poor learning outcomes further declined in 2018, the Annual Status of Education Report found. 
 
SPOTLIGHT
What Free Public Transport Means
To Delhi’s Women

In India’s sprawling capital city of 19 million, Rama walks 2 km with her toddler and takes two buses on a 90-minute one-way commute every day because autos and metro are too expensive. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s proposal of free transport for women has been criticised for being discriminatory against men, but it can boost women’s participation in education, employment and public life, especially if India’s largest city can improve its last-mile links to the 8-line, 373 km metro network. A PhD researcher on what she gleaned from conversations with women in the city’s service industry.


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