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India can have it's own PISA kind of assessments.

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“What is important for citizens to know and be able to do?” That is the question that underlies the triennial survey of 15-year-old students around the world known as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA assesses the extent to which students near the end of compulsory education have acquired key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. Since 2000, PISA has been testing students worldwide in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. The assessment also collects information on students’ backgrounds and on how their schools are managed in an effort to identify the factors that influence student performance. PISA also regularly introduces new tests to assess students’ skills in other areas relevant to modern life, such as creative problem solving and financial literacy (tested for the first time in 2012) and collaborative problem solving (testing will begin in 2015).

Participants of the OECD Programme for Int…

Finnish Lessons: What the World Can Learn from Educational Change in Fin...

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Finland School Education System-Pioneering the much needed change

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Reference article-
https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/finland-will-become-the-first-country-in-the-world-to-get-rid-of-all-school-subjects-259910/

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects
Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on their laurels, and they’ve decided to carry through a real revolution in their school system. Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography. The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes: “There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“ Instead of individual subjects, students w…

'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg...

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Should The World Adopt Finland's Education System?

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Why hiring is caste and language ridden and we are not ashamed.

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Has there been any caste proliferation in corporate hiring? Not sure but I feel like seeing it in my face quite often now a days. I was at ICICI bank , Jeevan Bheema Nagar, Bangalore today and I observed the official language of staff talk was mostly TELUGU. The same case at Vignnana Nagar (very close to Jeevan Bheema Nagar).
Sample one more, went to H&M at VR Mall , Whitefield Bangalore and nearly all staff talking for their internal communication in TAMIL. Pantaloons store at Indiranagar 100 ft road, nearly all staff communicate in KANNADA. 
MUJI store at VR , Bengaluru, most , everyone talks Hindi. It is Japanese retailer in India with JV with Reliance. Amazing store for innovating and high on utility products for household and even beds and shirts too. All these store guys were hired by the Delhi team , at Delhi NCR.
Just along the language lines, I observed some streaks of culture. At H&M at VR Bengaluru, staff make a fish market, they keep talking among themselves, loud and…

ZS Associates Vault ranking and Glassdoor presence!

Is ZS Associate India office hiring strategy and local office culture pulling its Vault.com ratings down. Tried evaluating it over Vault and Glassdoor to see if thing add up well. I worked for ZS as HR Consultant during 2007-2009. Even those days, ZS was a back office operations based consulting than strategic or even tactical. Great leaders, great people but very narrow business view. Shall we call it consulting in the first place is bit debatable.

India office has grown over past 8 to 9 years like any back office ops firm for typical pharma projects. Hardly any innovation and still relying heavily on excel based tools. Some topping on the cake is Microstrategy based dashboards and some use of SAS etc. Some say, the best place to look for typical time bound promotion is ZS Associates in India.

Core to ZS culture was the live element called PD Manager (Professional Development Manager). People were molded into  the ZS way through the PD Manager, (who at most managed 3 to 6 PD reports…

ZS Associates Vault ranking and Glassdoor presence!

Is ZS Associate India office hiring strategy and local office culture pulling its Vault.com ratings down. Tried evaluating it over Vault and Glassdoor to see if thing add up well. I worked for ZS as HR Consultant during 2007-2009. Even those days, ZS was a back office operations based consulting than strategic or even tactical. Great leaders, great people but very narrow business view. Shall we call it consulting in the first place is bit debatable.

India office has grown over past 8 to 9 years like any back office ops firm for typical pharma projects. Hardly any innovation and still relying heavily on excel based tools. Some topping on the cake is Microstrategy based dashboards and some use of SAS etc. Some say, the best place to look for typical time bound promotion is ZS Associates in India.

Core to ZS culture was the live element called PD Manager (Professional Development Manager). People were molded into  the ZS way through the PD Manager, (who at most managed 3 to 6 PD reports…

US Elections: Donald Trump Endorsed by Peter Thiel Full Speech

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