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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UNCG’s education school gets largest-ever gift

UNC-Greensboro will use a $2.3 million gift from a local foundation to set up a new program to train non-traditional students to teach. The university announced the award from the Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation at a ceremony in High Point on Monday night. The money will go to UNCG’s School of Education, which will set up the Haggai Academy and other programs to prepare teachers. Chancellor Frank Gilliam said in a statement that the university “could not be more grateful” for the largest-ever gift to UNCG’s education school. UNCG…

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Barnsley’s school summer holidays cut by council

A council has announced a cut in the school summer holidays to under five weeks, bringing criticism from some parents and teachers. Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire announced term dates for academic year 2017-18 with a shorter summer break. There will be a longer school holiday at October half-term. Nick Bowen, principal of Horizon College, said the cut would “lead to difficulties in recruitment and retention of really good staff”. Councillor Tim Cheetham said: “The main differences to this year’s dates from previous years will support educational outcomes for pupils…

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