Proximity makes the information delayed and general: whether the children are educated or schooled

There are two short news articles about the child education in India. The first one, released on 9th of April 2015 and titled as ‘India made big gains in child education: UN’ said ‘…gross enrollment ratio in pre-primary education touched 58% in 2012 compared to 19% in 1999.Primary education net enrolment ratio reached 99% in 2012.’ Another news (1st April 2015) whose headline was ‘Children in India being schooled, not educated: RTE forum’, said ‘…only 10% schools in country are meeting norms of RTE Act and over one lakh schools are on the verge of closure …about 8.32% schools are being run depending on a single teacher.’

Both of the two articles were from The Times of India, and the second one appeared only 8 days before the first story. However, the attitudes were almost contrast with each other. Different source reports led to this distinction.

On one hand, UNESCO is an International organisation dominated by developed countries, so it normally just provides some general statistics due to the long-distance from the local areas. However, RTC forum is a local forum, which has accumulated a large amount of Indian education networks and organisations, so it to some extent can provide more specific, professional and latest information about Indian children’s education.

In combination, I think media should give more detailed explanation and comparison of the news source or data to avoid such paradox.


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