When should schools be reopened?

State governments are in a dilemma – should schools be opened when the epidemic is still raging? T Jacob John, Dhanya Dharmapalan Across India, about 1.5 million schools were shut as part of the nation-wide lockdown, affecting 247 million children, from midnight of 24 March 2020. During the initial lockdown period, which was set at 21 days, the number of infections increased 2,100 per cent, from 536 to 11,487, according to official figures. Although the spread of the epidemic was disappointing, yet, by removing school children as vectors of transmission,…

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Emphasis on Indian culture reflects RSS sway on New Education Policy

The RSS, which is the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological fount, has been pushing for a review of the education policy to Indianize it further . It has also sought rewriting of History textbooks from what it calls an Indian perspective. The renaming of human resource development (HRD) ministry as education ministry, and the emphasis on Indian arts, languages, and culture reflect the Rashtriya Syawamsevak Sangh (RSS)’s influence on the New Education Policy (NEP). The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved NEP, which also seeks to increase public spending on education…

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Scrapping of Article 370 and developments of J&K from 2002 onward added to Class 12 syllabus

The NCERT has revised a chapter in its Class 12 political science textbook to drop a paragraph on separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir and to add a brief mention of the scrapping of its special status last year. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revised the chapter in the textbook “Politics in India since Independence” for the academic session 2020-21. While the topic “Separatism and Beyond” has been deleted from the chapter, the scrapping of Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state of Jammu and…

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As life moves Online amid the Pandemic, Education system in Kashmir is left behind in the absence of fast internet

The 4G internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir has left teachers and students struggling. By: Ishfaq Majid and Shazia Kouser The internet is often in the news in Jammu and Kashmir. After abrogating Article 370 on August 5, 2019, the central administration suspended internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, fearing for the law and order situation. Months later, in the first week of March 2020, the authorities restored internet services but restricted the speed to 2G. We recently tested the speed of the internet on Airtel and Jio, two internet…

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Government’s move to open schools in J&K evokes strong reaction

A day after the Education Department announced to devise a strategy for opening schools in mid-June, former chairperson of the J&K Women Commission, Vasundra Pathak Masoodi, termed the action as “an abject contravention and violation of the guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry under the National Disaster Act”. In a letter written to the Lieutenant Governor, Masoodi, who is a Supreme Court advocate, took strong exception of the circular issued by the School Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Civil Secretariat, Srinagar, in which it was mentioned that…

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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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