‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

Headteachers in England have called for school funding to be at the top of the political agenda in the run-up to the general election, warning that widespread budget cuts threaten to undermine the education system. As political campaigning gathered pace, teachers predicted that progress in education would stall and academic standards would start to decline if schools continued to come under “unacceptable levels of financial pressure”. Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union, called on all the parties seeking to form the next…

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Srinagar Student Protests 2 Schools To Suspend Teaching Tomorrow

Srinagar Student Protests 2 Schools To Suspend Teaching Tomorrow

A day after the students took part in a violent protest here, the district authorities today directed the city’s two senior secondary schools to suspend the teaching work tomorrow as a precautionary measure. The district authorities here today decided to suspend teaching work in two higher secondary schools in the heart of the city tomorrow as a precautionary measure following yesterday’s violent protests by the students, a senior official said. All teaching activities will remain suspended at S P Higher Secondary School and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School here tomorrow,…

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CBSE Notice to 5 Schools in Delhi, 19 in Haryana For Violating Norms

CBSE Notice to 5 Schools in Delhi, 19 in Haryana For Violating Norms

New Delhi: Tightening the noose around schools violating its norms, the CBSE has issued notices to five schools in Delhi and 19 in Haryana asking why their affiliation should not be withdrawn. The schools, which have been found guilty of violating various norms, including safety measures, enrollment of students as per sanctioned strength and uploading prescribed data on their websites, have been asked to send their replies within 15 days. “The schools in Delhi which have been issued show-cause notices are Spring Fields Convent school, Ring Midyways Senior Secondary Public…

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CBSE asks schools not to sell books and uniforms

CBSE asks schools not to sell books and uniforms

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its affiliated schools across the country to shut down shops selling textbooks, stationery, schoolbags, uniforms, shoes and similar articles within their premises. The board asked schools on Thursday to strictly comply with its affiliation byelaws and “not indulge in commercial activities”. This includes sales through “selected vendors”. The directive comes close on the heels of the board’s effort to make schools follow NCERT textbooks and created an online link for schools to raise demand for these books in February…

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Ofsted considers using social media to monitor schools

Ofsted considers using social media to monitor schools

A school consultancy firm said Ofsted faced the risk of reading fake allegations posted by a disgruntled pupil. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Ofsted has raised the prospect of using Facebook and Twitter posts to analyse how schools are performing. The schools watchdog said it was exploring “the possibility of using near-real-time data and information from social media and other sources to predict and prevent decline in school performance”. The organisation said the frequency and content of social media posts about a particular school could help it decide whether an inspector should…

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Karnataka to empower itself to monitor private CBSE, ICSE schools

Karnataka to empower itself to monitor private CBSE, ICSE schools

Three kids died of food poisoning at the Vidhyavaridhi School in Tumakuru recently BENGALURU: In a major initiative towards ensuring safety and security of children in schools, the state government is set to empower itself to monitor and regulate even private CBSE and ICSE affiliated schools. The state cabinet on Friday decided to amend the Karnataka Education Act 1983, in accordance with the Children’s Safety Policy 2016, to empower itself to take appropriate action for the safety and security of students studying at private CBSE and ICSE schools. The state government,…

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School admissions: is a lottery a fairer system?

School admissions: is a lottery a fairer system?

  The annual secondary school offer day is behind us now. Thousands of parents and pupils across the country will be breathing a huge sigh of relief to have got a place at their first or second choice school for September. Or they may be like Anoushka Visvalingam, in one of a significant minority of families who failed to get any of their preferred options and are waiting anxiously to see if that will change in the next few months. The vexed issue of how to guarantee all parents a…

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CBSE Schools Can Order NCERT Textbooks Online For Academic Year 2017-18

CBSE Schools Can Order NCERT Textbooks Online For Academic Year 2017-18

NEW DELHI: NCERT textbooks will be made available to all CBSE affiliated schools for the academic session 2017-2018 and orders in this regard can be placed online. This decision has been taken in a review meeting chaired by the Minister of Human Resources Development. NCERT will be printing and supplying textbooks in adequate numbers for all classes. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has created a link on its official website (cbse.nic.in) for raising online indent for NCERT text books. As per the released circular, the link for online indent…

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Only NCERT curriculum from 2017-18 at all CBSE schools

Only NCERT curriculum from 2017-18 at all CBSE schools

All the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools have to follow NCERT curriculum from the commencing academic session 2017-18, as directed by CBSE. The board took the decision at a meeting in presence of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. Recently, the HRD ministry has also decided to make NCERT books available before the commencement of the academic session. How to place the order: In order to do the same, all the CBSE affiliated schools need to log on to the official website of CBSE, cbse.nic.in   According to a…

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UK schools trial police-style body cameras for teachers

UK schools trial police-style body cameras for teachers

To combat disorderly students, two secondary schools in the UK have started trialling staff-worn body cameras. Teachers will use the equipment to record specific incidents, such as a “perceived threat to a member of staff or pupil,” according to Tom Ellis, a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and a former Home Office researcher. The identity of the schools is, for now, a mystery, to avoid unwanted interference during the trial. The cameras won’t be recording at all times either — similar to the police, it will be up to…

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