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5000 more seats in Navodaya Vidyalayas from ensuing session: Is it 'right way' to expand 'quality education'?
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced an approval for increasing 5000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) for the Academic Year 2019-20 raising the availability of 51000 seats henceforth, said an official release.

"This is a step in the right direction. This is the biggest-ever expansion of quality education for rural students.  This unprecedented expansion of JNVs, nearly free of cost residential schools, will provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get quality education," stated the release quoting Javadekar.

The release added "This reflects the growing aspirations of rural children for acquiring quality education and the Government's consistent effort to meet this aspiration, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,"  while calling JNV scheme 'unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere and have become passport out of poverty for thousands of underprivileged children'. 

"On the one hand, we talk of inclusive education and universal access to quality education under Right to Education Act, on the other hand, we double  talk of success of screened talented rural children through a competitive entrance examination and claim the achievement of such students due to 'so called quality of education' in JNVs. There is a serious contradiction in whole thought process on quality of school education. Furthermore, attributing the expansion of 'quality education' by enhancing seats to the dynamic political leadership is flawed obsequious logic," said a social activist and advocate of equity in education in Jaipur without being named.

Also, there had been new stories about alarming increase in the number of students committing suicide JNVs and the organisation was facing court case and, notices from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This means that these schools are low in social pedagogy which has led to mistrust and suspicion among parents when their talent children are committing suicides, while Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti ritualistically issued circulars  with a series of instructions and guidelines to check the tragic incidents. And, I think that quality of education needs to be seen as a combination of social pedagogy and instructional pedagogies suitable for gifted students.

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