Private schools flouting govt instructions: School Education Department

Private schools flouting govt instructions: School Education Department

The School Education Department (SED) Friday said the private schools in the Kashmir division are not ensuring full compliance with the various government orders issued from time to time. The department also said that the private schools were violating the government and Fee Fixation Committee (FFC) orders related to charging of tuition and transportation fee. In this regard, a circular was issued by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) on Friday. “The circular instructions were passed on November18, 2017 followed by another circular on July 14, 2018 with regard…

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Tough times ahead for learning

Tough times ahead for learning

Mir Mohmmad Gulzar The preceding year witnessed devastating effects of Coronavirus and all sectors of the economy were affected. Among other sectors, education systems around the world were severely hit. The schools were closed in March—2020 and remained closed throughout the year. This year the new wave began with a surge in late March in the COVID-19 pandemic at an alarming speed. The number of cases rises with every passing day and the number of cases reported in the last six weeks showed 20 fold increase. The second wave of…

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Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University reduces fees by 50 percent

The Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday slashed its fee for most academic programmes by up to 50 per cent and also launched the online admission process for various courses for the 2021 session. The announcement of slashing of fees was made by the Vice-Chancellor of the Rajouri-based university, Akbar Masood. “The online submission of application forms for admission to different academic programmes offered by the university will start from June 1, 2021,” the varsity said in a statement. The admission process was launched…

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Fee Controversy: Parents urge LG to direct schools to curtail monthly fee

While the government has imposed a strict lockdown for more than three weeks in view of surge in Covid-19 cases, the parents of those wards studying in private schools on Tuesday appealed the LG administration to issue directions to private schools to curtail the tuition and transportation fee. The parents told the news agency, that they have not earned a single penny during the ongoing and previous Covid-19 lockdown and can’t afford to pay the tuition fee and other charges. One of the parents Manzoor Ahmad, who have been working…

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As on-campus facilities remain closed, Schools must reduce fees: Supreme Court

As on-campus facilities remain closed, Schools must reduce fees - Supreme Court

While listening to a bunch of pleas by private unaided schools of Rajasthan against the state government’s order to forego 30 per cent of the tuition fee during the pandemic, the bench agreed that schools had to reduce the fees. Amid calls to slash school fees, Supreme Court has asked educational institutions to reduce fees as their running costs have come down with offline class and on-campus facilities remaining closed. Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said that schools must be sensitive to the problems faced by people…

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After two years of lockdown children from across the Kashmir Valley started returning to schools

Schools across Kashmir have reopened after nearly two years of home learning forced by back-to-back lockdowns. Initially closed after the disputed region’s partial autonomy was revoked in 2019, the schools were shut again after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March 2020. It was the day Waseem, a 16-year-old grade 10 student had been waiting for. “We were away from friends, from school which impacted our mental health. We used to feel depressed as we had no one to talk to and our classes also got impacted.” But the…

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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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