Align state curriculum with national standard: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the J&K authorities to accelerate the sports activities in the state and bring the curriculum of the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) on a par with the national curriculum.The authorities have also been directed to “identify the madrassas and bring them under formal education”. “These measures would be taken to streamline the mess that the state is in. These are developmental projects for the betterment of the state youth,” said a senior official in the administration. The directions by…

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Attacks on Kashmiris continue, Student allegedly attacked in Bengaluru

There seems to be no end to attacks on innocent Kashmiris are are continuing after the Pulwama attack, in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed. In the latest incident, a Kashmiri student residing in Bengaluru was brutally attacked by four men. The reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained. 24-year-old Absar Zahoor Dhar was assaulted by youths in AECS Layout near HAL in southeast Bengaluru. The victim who is studying civil engineering suffered grave injuries to his hand, head and face. Reportedly, the victim does modelling to fund…

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JKSECC threatens to close all pvt schools, colleges, if Jama’at-e-Islami run institutions,​ were not ensured to function normally

Jammu and Kashmir Socio Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC) has threatened to close all private schools and colleges in Kashmir if Jama’at-e-Islami institutions were not ensured to function normally.JKSECC— an amalgam of various trade, industrial, travel, tour, tourism, horticulture, educational, contractors, pharmaceutical, houseboat, bakers, transport and other civil society formations in a statement issue here said that government should release all managerial and teaching staff and operation of their bank accounts. A meeting of the amalgam was held to discuss the ban on the Socio-religious organisation and crackdown on the leaders…

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Parents, Students worried as winter break extended twice

The authorities in Kashmir have delayed the reopening of the schools after the winter break twice since March 1, saying it was because of the bad weather, but students and parents are apprehensive. They feel that the ongoing tension in the Valley might disrupt the academic calendar. The schools and colleges in the Valley were shut for a three-month-long winter break and were scheduled to reopen after March 1. The staff in the educational institutions were asked to join duty from February 25. The government had earlier announced that the…

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Loss of studies weighs heavy on the mind of Kashmiri students leaving for home

Amid concerns for their safety that are forcing them to return home, loss of academics is weighing heavy on the minds of Kashmiri students who are leaving for Jammu from Mohali in batches. Kashmiri students had taken shelter in Mohali following alleged retaliatory attacks on them in Ambala and Dehradun after the fidayeen killing of 40 CRPF men in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, on February 14. While most of them left for Jammu on Monday, 110 reached the Phase 3B1 gurdwara on early Tuesday morning, and left for Jammu in…

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KAS Aspirants up in arms against JKPSC over irregularities in evaluation

Since the results of Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) were declared on 4 December, almost every day now, hundreds of aspirants’ throng the streets to protest against the alleged “discrepancies” by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC), the top body for recruitment of administrative officers in Jammu and Kashmir. This is for the first time that such protests have been taking place simultaneously in Jammu and Srinagar, the twin capitals of the state, with the aggrieved accusing the commission of dropping “meritorious candidates” from the list and accommodating some “blue-eyed…

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Schools continue to violate ‘No Homework’ order

In a recent notification, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development directed all states that there should be no homework for classes up to Class II, but these directions are not being followed in Kashmir schools. Parents said schools were not serious about the personality development of children and they were being overburdened by homework. “My son studies in UKG and he is reluctant to do his homework. He was once slapped by his teacher and that incident has left an impact on him. Schools are not ready to handle…

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As mercury continues to decrease, parents seek early winter break in schools

As mercury continues to touch the freezing point in Kashmir, parents have demanded an early winter break for lower classes in schools, saying they lack heating arrangements. Mohammad Altaf, a resident of Baramulla, said children shiver in classes in the absence of heating facilities. “Unfortunately, schools do not have heating facilities due to which the children suffer. So, they should be closed for an early winter break because day by day, the temperature is decreasing,” he said. Another parent, Shakir Ahmad from Srinagar, said due to a dip in the…

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Share admission details of poor students: SHRC to Private schools

State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice Bilal Nazki (retd) has issued notice to leading private schools of Kashmir directing them to provide admission details of students belonging to financially weaker backgrounds. In the notice, the schools have been asked to file the detailed compliance report before the commission within two weeks as to what procedure they are following during the admission process. The SHRC direction comes in response to the petition filed by the chairman of the International Forum for Justice, Ahsan Untoo. The petitioner has also urged the commission…

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Fleecing students, panel set to tighten noose around private schools

The Directorate of School Education, Jammu, has taken note of the parents being allegedly forced by private schools to purchase textbooks and uniforms from designated shops at exorbitant rates. It has constituted a four-member committee to take action against the defaulting institutions in the Jammu region. The Chief Education Officer (CEO) will be the chairman of the committee in each district. The panel members include the Deputy CEO, seniormost principal of the higher secondary schools and the Assistant Director from the CEO office. Sources said all private schools in the…

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