Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

India’s coaching centres sell dreams to millions of young students, often claiming sureshot formulas to crack the country’s tough medical or engineering exams. Many of them also deliver on their promise. But the cut-throat nature of the business played out in a bizarre manner on Thursday with two institutes laying claim to the top ten rank holders in the MBBS entrance exams conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The results were declared at around 2 am on Thursday. AIIMS does not declare a list of toppers….

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What’s Wrong With Letting Tech Run Our Schools

What’s Wrong With Letting Tech Run Our Schools

. Silicon Valley tech moguls are conducting an enormous experiment on the nation’s children. We should not be so trusting that they’ll get it right. Alphabet Inc. unit Google has taken a big role in public education, offering low-cost laptops and free apps. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Inc. is investing heavily in educational technology, largely though the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Netflix Inc. head Reed Hastings has been tinkering with expensive and algorithmic ed-tech tools. Encouraging as all this may be, the technologists might be getting ahead of themselves, both politically…

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Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

f women – up to 208 from 191 in the last Parliament, but still only 32 per cent of the total Getty Images The number of state-educated MPs sitting in the House of Commons has risen to a record high, new data has revealed. MPs educated at comprehensive schools now make up 51 per cent of the Commons – the highest number since Sutton Trust began recording figures. The report by the social mobility think-tank found 29 per cent of MPs in 2017’s Parliament were privately educated, while 18 per…

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Chandigarh govt schools register over 6% rise in pass figures

Chandigarh govt schools register over 6% rise in pass figures

With 982 students failing the Class-12 board exams and 1,790 out of a total 10,742 getting compartments this year, city government schools were still able to witness a rise of 6.41% in the pass percentage compared to last year. Going by the individual results compiled by the district education office (DEO), out of 39 Government Model Senior Secondary Schools, 29 performed better than last year, which helped the overall result to improve from 68.31% pass percentage in 2016 to 74.72% in 2017. Also, only 341 of them had managed to…

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How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

Nearly a decade ago, state officials decreed that starting in 2009, graduation data would factor into the letter grades assigned to individual schools. The stakes were high: Consecutive failing marks meant that the state could mandate major changes, like replacing the school’s principal; significant improvement translated into extra cash for perks like teacher bonuses and athletic equipment. The policy change worried Reginald James, then the superintendent of the Gadsden County School District in the Florida Panhandle. By 2010, Gadsden’s graduation rate had fallen to a bleak 43 percent. So at the…

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Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools are facing sweeping cuts if the Tories win the election, a new analysis shows today. Funding per pupil in England will fall by nearly 3% under the Conservatives, a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reveals. This would mean a £130 cut for every pupil in primary school and a £170 cut for every one in secondary school. The respected economic think tank says Theresa May’s plans will result in an overall cut in school funding of seven per cent between 2016 and 2022. By contrast, Labour’s…

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Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

AUSTIN — Former Dallas trustee Mike Morath is a popular guy. He’s seen as sharp, energetic and strategic. That’s a big reason lawmakers have filed bills that would give the state’s education commissioner significantly more power. The position would have more authority on a variety of measures — from determining how to implement the new A-F accountability system for schools to creating a grant program for him to dole out as he sees fit. Longtime Texas education observers say the moves have met little resistance this session because of Morath….

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Illinois Schools Opt for Virtual Summer Learning Programs

Illinois Schools Opt for Virtual Summer Learning Programs

WESTMONT, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois school districts are revamping their summer school programs this year with virtual programs designed to allow students to complete lessons outside of the classroom. But education experts are worried that online learning programs aren’t the best approach for younger students, the Chicago Tribune reported (http://trib.in/2oX6GV1 ). They are questioning whether the move is due to the school districts’ desire to cut costs and redirect money at a time when the state is $13 billion behind in allocating school funds due to the budget impasse….

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CBSE tells affiliated schools not to sell books, uniforms inside campuses

CBSE tells affiliated schools not to sell books, uniforms inside campuses

CBSE had issued a circular to schools that said educational institutions are not commercial establishments and sale of books, uniforms and stationery by them is in while violation of the norm. CBSE has asked schools not to sell books and uniforms. The Delhi high court on Tuesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to ensure that schools affiliated to it must not indulge in commercial activities such as selling books and uniforms inside their campuses. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said,…

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‘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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