300 school children in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli fall ill after inhaling toxic gas

A representational image. Nearly 300 students were taken ill in Shamli after inhaling toxic gas emitted by a sugar mill near their school . Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint Lucknow: Around 300 students were taken ill on Tuesday after inhaling toxic gas emitted by a sugar mill near their school in Shamli district, the police said. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the matter by Commissioner Saharanpur. The students of a private school in Shamli started complaining of stomach ache, nausea and burning sensation in their eyes after…

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Varthana raises $3 million from Dell Foundation to expand its school transformation program

Bengaluru: Bengaluru-based school finance company Varthana has raised $3 million in funding from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to expand its school transformation program (STP). The programme is aimed at improving the quality of learning in private schools by extending credit facilities. Through the STP initiative, Varthana provides debt financing, education assessments, hands-on support, vendor connections, and financial rewards to schools in different states. It has an in-house non-banking finance company (NBFC) for giving credit finance to schools. It provides loans from Rs5 lakh to Rs1 crore for private schools…

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How to fix accountability in school education

For some time now, accountability has become the buzzword in school education. Everyone seems to have suggestions about “fixing” education by holding teachers accountable for student test scores. But we should ask ourselves whether test scores are the only way to assess how well education systems are performing; whether teachers are the only ones to blame for low-performing systems; and whether ‘blame’ itself is the right approach at all. UNESCO’s new Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 is a comprehensive and nuanced look at the role of accountability in global education systems in…

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Award winning ‘Kanyashree Project’ to be included in school curriculum: WBBSE

Mamta Banerjee’s ‘Kanyashree’ project will soon be included in the school curriculum by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE). A senior WBBSE official told PTI, “The process to include ‘Kanyashree’ project in our curriculum is going on. We are awaiting for the final approval from the government.” Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had in June said, “Our government wants to let the future generation to be aware about the path breaking ‘Kanayshree’ project and how it received award from the UN Assistant Secretary General at the World Forum, The…

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Haryana government planning to do away with school bags

The Haryana government is planning to come up with a new pilot scheme under which students will not be carrying bags and their books would be kept in schools. Students will no more carry bags and books to schools         The Haryana government is planning to come up with a new pilot scheme under which students will not be carrying bags and their books would be kept in schools. The scheme will be implemented in 50 schools in the state for the upcoming academic session. Additional Chief…

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School fret as Maha education dept calls for competency tests in April

Competency tests to assess students first language and math skills will be conducted in April for Class 1 to 8 by the state’s education department. While the department has made the test mandatory for all the boards, which it wants to be part of year-end exams, schools have complained that they go on a summer break in April and some of the CBSE, ICSE schools begin classes for the new academic year during that period. These tests are part of the Pragat Shaikshanik (Progressive in Education) Maharashtra initiative started in…

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TN school education minister ‘Ma Foi’ Pandiarajan joins OPS camp; Sasikala seeks appointment with governor

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam got a shot in the arm when school education minister ‘Ma Foi’ Pandiarajan, Namakkal MP PR Sundaram and Krishnagiri MP Ashok Kumar joined his camp. Pandiarajan is the first cabinet minister to join the OPS camp. Pandiarajan, Sundaram and Ashok Kumar met the chief minister at his residence and extended support to him. The leaders told reporters that several MLAs, who are staying at a resort near Mahabalipuram+ , want to leave the party general secretary V K Sasikala camp and join the…

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Cooper Talks Education Issues at School Forum

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper got a firsthand look at education issues facing our state at the Public School Forum’s third annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Wednesday morning. The event allows leaders to discuss the status of public education in North Carolina. It coincides with day one of the news legislative session. It highlights the top ten education issues our state faces – with leadership, funding and teacher investment sitting at the top three. “We have to invest in our people,” said Cooper….

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Questions posed by the Pisa international school tests

In both your news report (UK schools failing to climb global league table, December 7) and your editorial (Slicing up the Pisa results) you make the mistake, common throughout the media and across many commentators, of assuming that the results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, tell us anything useful about the relative performance of different educational systems. Each of the 70 or so countries taking part in Pisa has a unique educational curriculum, structure and method of delivery, that reflect tradition, politics and social norms, and it makes…

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This Municipal School In Delhi Lets Its Students Explore And Learn New Things, And It Does Wonders

Look beyond private schools for good education. There is much potential in the existing government schools to be transformed into centres for excellent learning. One municipal school, located in south Delhi, is using a counter-culture approach to education, with an aim to make the students sharp and inquisitive. Ark, a non-profit organisation, in conjunction with South Delhi Municipal Corporation runs a government school in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar III where they lay heavy emphasis on exploration. “We want kids to be able to question, think and learn by observing and analyzing…

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