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Education reform needs a systematic approach

To effect a large-scale transformation in education, what is needed is a comprehensive approach to coordinate academic and administrative change.(HT File Photo) Approximately 29% of India’s population is below the age of 14, and, at 250 million, we have the highest number of school-going students in the world. Unfortunately, we also have a public education system that is failing the young population by denying them quality education. To effect a large-scale transformation in education, a systemic approach, consisting of comprehensive and coordinated set of academic and administrative reforms, is needed. Academic…

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Labor promises independent health policy body for ‘big, structural reform’

Shadow health minister Catherine King says independent health body will be similar to the Productivity Commission. Photograph: Alex Murray/AAP A Labor government would set up a permanent policy-making body called the Australian Health Reform Commission to address challenges such as chronic disease, cost barriers, long hospital waiting times and workforce shortages. The shadow health minister, Catherine King, will announce the promise on Wednesday to implement an independent body similar to the Productivity Commission, with commissioners appointed for five years. King says if Labor is elected, the commission’s priorities would be directed through…

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Watch out if tax reform gets bogged down, Jim Cramer warns

Wall Street could witness another sell-off if President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan gets bogged down, CNBC’s Jim Cramer warned on Monday. “I still think that Trump with Gary Cohn and a different team working to try to get this through we’ll have some luck,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.” U.S. stocks opened sharply lower Monday, the first business day after the scheduled House vote on a repeal of Obamacare was pulled because Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had failed to gain enough support from Republicans. In…

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India Need to Keep Reform Momentum Going: Jaitley

New Delhi: As the global environment becomes extremely difficult and challenging, India will need to keep the reform momentum going while putting resources in areas where it lacks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. Speaking at the opening day of the three-day India-IMF Conference ‘Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future’, he hoped to get through some important measures over the next few months riding on popular mood for growth oriented policies. “We have been trying to do our best as far as India is concerned, notwithstanding the global environment being…

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