‘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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EC strengthens force multipliers for Bengal’s first phase polls

EC strengthens force multipliers for Bengal’s first phase polls

March 29 (IANS) To keep a close watch on the polling process in the first phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, the Election Commission on Tuesday said it has put in place multiple monitoring mechanisms like like webcasting and video cameras in the polling booths. “Apart from deploying central forces, the commission has arranged force multipliers in the polling stations and sensitive areas of the 18 assembly constituencies for the first phase of the election to monitor the poll process,” additional chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar said. Balloting for…

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