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Sahai said, “Most schools are profiteering and charging exorbitant fees from parents every year. They are hiking fees every year without giving any proper justification. During this pandemic too they are charging fees by claiming that they have to pay salaries to teachers even when they have huge surplus.”
One of the school teachers said, “When parents won’t pay fees how will the schools operate. Schools are financially broke and most of us are working on half salaries. Many schools, especially low-cost schools do not have budget to pay salaries or the rent at all.
Different state governments have given different directives, either in support or against the online classes and fee collection by private schools amid the Covid 19 induced lockdown leading to closure of educational institutions.
The Karnataka High Court has issued an interim order stating that the state government cannot ban online classes for LKG to class 5 students and stayed the Karnataka government’s orders dated June 15 and June 27, which first banned and then limited online learning for LKG-classes V.
The notice signed by Asha Mukherjee, acting registrar of Visva Bharati, “I am directed to inform you that as soon as the central administrative building is sanitized, normal activities including the release of salary shall immediately be undertaken.”
Although, the core concepts will be retained, which means that the class 11 students of political science will not study about federalism in the Constitution this year. Political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism have also been removed.
District Education Officer Alka Mehta said, “It is clear from the feedback we have received that parents do not wish to send their children to school under any circumstances for the next few months, or until things settle down completely.”
The expert committee set up by the Karnataka government has submitted its ‘Guidelines during Covid-19 pandemic for technology enabled education and beyond’ to the education minister S Suresh Kumar on Tuesday.
The Primary and Secondary Education Minister of Karnataka S Suresh Kumar has requested the government school teachers to donate their two days’ salary to private school teachers, who are in distress during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Parents in Pune, who have freshly enrolled their children in pre-school to Standard I are in a dilemma over the payment of fees. The schools have been repeatedly calling parents to make payments.
Amidst the Covid-19 imposed lockdown, teachers have remained unpaid for months and schools are yet to receive fees apart from a fee waiver. In the light of this, several low-cost private schools in Delhi, catering to children from lower-middle-class and working-class families are struggling to stay afloat.
A section of parents have objected to the move stating that if schools want to scrutinize their financial documents, they must also make their books of accounts available for parents to check out their reserves and expenses, both before and after the lockdown.
To address the issues challenging the education system today due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the Alliance of Schools, an informal group of educators in support of online education, have presented a white paper to the Karnataka government.
The bench further added, “Leave alone two laptops for a tribal family, let it (the Centre) first think of providing two square meals a day to the impoverished families.” It made clear that it wants to first hear from the Centre that why their guidelines do not address the ground realities.
The decision to chose the medium of education such as language and other modalities is the domain of parents as per the apex court’s verdict and the state government cannot interfere adding that the government has no control over private institutions.
Dr GV Basavaraj, honorary secretary general, IAP said, “We have taken both the aspects of reopening and closing the schools. What will be the psychological impact on children when the schools are not resumed? And, when the schools start, how to cope up?”
Only 4.4 percent parents felt that online classes are useful for children while 70.9 percent felt it is not useful. The children also felt they could not understand online classes and only 3.6 percent students were able to follow them while 68.7 per cent were unable to do so.
It further added that “to make up for the loss in instructional hours during the current session 2020-2021”, the CISCE has worked with its subject experts to reduce the syllabus for all major subjects for classes 10 and 12.
Aged 34, Mahendra is survived by his parents, a brother and sister. “His marriage was scheduled to take place later in June. I had visited the family. They say he take his life because of the financial crisis,” he added.
The HRD Minister tweeted, “Launched an 8-week Alternative Academic Calendar for the primary stage today. This Calendar contains detailed guidelines for teachers on the use of technology & social media tools to impart education while the students are at home.”
The students submitted that, during the lockdown from March to May, 2020, though the schools were closed and online classes commenced from June 2020, the students have been asked to pay tuition fees from March to May as well.
Maharashtra schools to reopen for classes for standards 9, 10 in schools located in non-red zone areas and junior college for class 12 from July 1, the state government said on Monday. The school will reopen for classes 6 to 8 from August.
The CISCE has notified that students all across India and abroad can now choose not to appear for the pending ICSE or the ISC board exams and instead get evaluated on the basis of their internal assessment marks
CBSE will conduct the pending board exams 2020 from July 1 to July 15 which was postponed due to the nationwide lockdown imposed s a result of Covid-19. As per IANS
An overwhelming majority of parents have been raising concerns over Karnataka government banning online classes for kindergarten and primary class students. They believe live online classes should be continued but with flexibility
The Karnataka Education Department has formed a committee for handling fake news reports and misinformation regarding the spread of SSLC exam 2020. The government may take action against such miscreants by lodging criminal complains against them.
Since most students of Kerala don’t have access to the internet and are unable to get proper education, the State Education Department has started online sessions named ‘First Bell’.
EducationWorld spoke to a few principals of CBSE and CISCE affiliated schools across the country to find out if they think the board exams should be conducted as per the revised schedule or be cancelled.
mid the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Human Resources Development is seeking opinion on reduction of syllabus. People who are interested can give their opinion and recommendations using the hashtag #SyllabusForStudents2020.
The HRD ministry began consultation on Monday with states and other stakeholders on reopening of schools which have been closed since March due to Covid-19 pandemic. In the meeting, chaired by Secretary School Education, Anita Karwal
During an official meeting convened by the chief minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday, Rao decided to cancel the rescheduled Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams.
Earlier, there were reports suggesting that schools and colleges will reopen in July with 30 percent attendance for students of class 8 and above and younger kids continuing with online classes at home.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released a notification providing complete details on how students can change their exam centres for the pending board exams, eligibility criteria, the process to be followed, guidelines and the deadlines.
The Karnataka government is considering reopening of schools from July 1 for the new academic year 2020-2021 following a meeting with the department officials. But the dates will be finalised after consulting all the stakeholders including parents.
A group called Parents Association has recently started an online petition on change.org addressing the MHRD stating that reopening schools in July will be the worst decision by the government.
The Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the schools might reopen after the class 10 and 12 board examinations. He said it would however depend on the ground situation at the time.
Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced that the students can appear for their CBSE board examinations from their current location. On a video, the minister said, “Since students have left their schools and hostels
Earlier, the Karnataka government decided to conduct Karnataka SSLC Exams 2020 in June. The decision has been opposed by a group of experts who asked the government to cancel the exams and promote all the students.
With the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown forcing the mass closure of education institutions, several state governments have issued circulars directing private school managements not collect tuition fees “until further orders”