MP govt and private schools come to a face-off over school fees issue

Private school operators and the government have come to a face-off in Madhya Pradesh. The MP government issued an order on Thursday saying parents of students studying in private schools will not have to deposit any fees other than tuition fees till further orders. On the other hand, private school operators have warned that they should be allowed to collect tuition fees as well as other fees such as annual fees and school development fees; otherwise schools in the state would be closed in protest from July 12. What MP…

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Bengal govt to reopen primary schools after evaluating Covid situation: CM Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that her government will wait for a few more days to evaluate the Covid-19 situation before deciding to reopen primary schools in the state. Some caution should be exercised before reopening primary schools as there are warnings of another variant of coronavirus, she said. Banerjee said that schools reopened for classes 8 to 12 on February 3, while open-air learning sessions for students up to class 7 started four days later under a project named ‘Paray Shikshalay’ (education centre at your locality). “On reopening primary schools,…

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‘Schools that completed syllabus, exam preparations not to change plan’

Putting an end to confusion over scheduling of final exams and summer vacation in schools, the Commissioner of Education on Tuesday clarified that the government resolution (GR) issued in this regard does not ask any school to change the timetable if the syllabus has been completed and exam timetable set. Commissioner of Education Suraj Mandhare told The Indian Express, “The GR was interpreted wrongly. It does not ask schools to change anything. It is only to provide scheduling guidelines for schools, which may have been lagging behind. If schools have already…

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Primary Classes Of MP Schools Reopen After Break Due To COVID-19

Classroom teaching in the primary section of Madhya Pradesh schools resumed on Monday after remaining closed since March 24 last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. However, they added that attendance, despite a cap of 50 per cent of class strength, was low. “Schools were shut since March 24, 2020. Students seemed enthusiastic to be back in class after such a long gap. Those who did not have mobile phones to attend online classes seemed to be more excited,” Bhopal District Education Officer (DEO) Nitin Saxena told PTI. Queried…

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Odisha primary schools to resume offline classes from January 3 onwards

The Odisha government Tuesday announced that physical classes would resume for students of classes 1 to 5 from January 3 next. The announcement was made by School and Mass Education minister S R Dash barely a few hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed officials to make preparations on war-footing to deal with a possible third wave of COVID-19 following the detection of at least eight cases of Omicron variant in the state. Dash told reporters that as per the directions of the chief minister, physical mode of teaching will be resumed in about 27,000 schools…

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These Sacramento-area schools are low performers. Here’s why state kept list’s release low-key

More than 50 schools in the Sacramento region landed on the California Department of Education’s list of the state’s 781 poorest performing schools – published quietly last week for the first time in four years. States have to report the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools under federal law so that they can receive additional aid. But since the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act was replaced in 2015, local districts have a lot more control over how they use those funds to remedy low performance. Parents are no longer notified that…

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Should schools fill key roles with volunteers?

The cake sale, a tradition for generations – but now some cash-strapped schools are asking much more. Photograph: Alamy News that an academy trust founded by the Conservative peer Lord James O’Shaughnessy is advertising for unpaid volunteers to fill key roles in its two primary schools was met with disbelief and dismay by teachers earlier this month. The Floreat Education Academies Trust is looking for full-time and part-time volunteers to fill the jobs of finance assistant, office administrator and personal assistant to the chief executive, Janet Hilary, who was paid £128,768 in…

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What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

WHEN the island of Singapore became an independent country in 1965, it had few friends and even fewer natural resources. How did it become one of the world’s great trading and financial centres? The strategy, explained Lee Kuan Yew, its first prime minister, was “to develop Singapore’s only available natural resource: its people”. Today Singapore’s education system is considered the best in the world. The country consistently ranks at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries, in…

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Five things Irish schools could learn from the Netherlands

Margaret Kearns with her husband and four children in Amsterdam, where the family have lived for six years. Several recent reports have found that Dutch teens are among the happiest in the world, and having lived here for almost six years with my family, I have to concur. When we arrived here, we had no idea how it would unfold: moving abroad with a family and no social support, to a new culture, new language and new country. We thought we would stay for three to five years, travel and…

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How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

how schools fail working parents (Lidan Chen/for The Washington Post) I had gritted my teeth through most of the school-related demands at odds with my working mom life. The midmorning concerts and late-afternoon ­parent-teacher conferences. The mandatory “volunteer” slots at after-school drama club rehearsals. The half days that, for some reason, preceded every school vacation. The final straw came when a new after-school program didn’t have space for my son. I vented on Facebook and quickly learned I wasn’t alone. I heard from fellow working parents who had plenty of…

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