Students with disabilities exempted from paying fees in Odisha schools

The Odisha government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities, in government and government-aided educational institutions, in order to motivate them for higher education. The secretary to the higher education department has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, said Ananta Das, Higher Education Minister. “The differently-able students like blind students who use Braille for studies, hearing impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically handicapped students with disability more than 75 per cent will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees…

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Students with disabilities exempted from paying fees in Odisha schools

The Odisha government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities, in government and government-aided educational institutions, in order to motivate them for higher education. The secretary to the higher education department has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, said Ananta Das, Higher Education Minister. “The differently-able students like blind students who use Braille for studies, hearing impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically handicapped students with disability more than 75 per cent will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees…

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Vande Mataram now mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, offices: Madras HC passes order

The Madras HC passed an order, today, making singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, government offices, private entities and industries. Madras High Court makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools and offices The Madras High Court (HC) passed an order, today, making singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, government offices, private entities and industries. Justice M V Muralidharan said that while schools must sing it at least once a week either on Monday or Friday, the national song must be crooned in offices once a…

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Tripura to convert 769 Bengali medium schools to English

T ripura has bucked the trend of governments pandering to sub-regional sentiments in deciding to convert 769 state-run Bengali-medium schools to English. The Left Front government’s avowed move is to prevent students from shifting to private schools. But it comes at a time when Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal government is allegedly trying to impose Bengali in the Darjeeling hills, a move that has threatened to revive the Gorkhaland demand. A notification issued by Tripura’s Directorate of Secondary Education said the process of converting 769 Bengali medium schools to English medium…

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Studying Hindi to become mandatory for Class 10 students of KV, CBSE affiliated schools

The students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and CBSE affiliated schools will soon have to study Hindi till class 10. The HRD Ministry is yet to respond to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) suggestion. Representative image           After President Pranab Mukherjee give in- principle approval” to a suggestion of a parliamentary panel, the students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and CBSE affiliated schools may have to study Hindi till class 10. The HRD Ministry is yet to respond to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) suggestion. As…

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Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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School’s out: Inside Donald Trump’s extremest education agenda

Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency left education policy experts at a complete loss to explain what this would mean for the nation’s schools. During his campaign, Trump gave few clues about what would inform his education leadership, only that he had some antipathy for the Department of Education, he was no fan of Common Core and he would advocate for more “school choice.” After his election, experienced education journalists at Education Week predicted Trump would embrace conservative Beltway think tanks and state education policy leaders who had bristled under the rule of…

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Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over the level of education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities, a case that advocates describe as the most significant special-education issue to reach the high court in three decades. The question is whether public schools owe disabled children “some” educational benefit — which courts have determined to mean just-above-trivial progress — or whether students legally deserve something more: a substantial, “meaningful” benefit. Lower courts are divided on the question, meaning that…

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Pressure mounts on ministers to make sex education compulsory in schools

Pressure is mounting on the government to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools after five chairs of parliamentary select committees sent a strongly worded letter to the education secretary demanding a change in policy. The letter criticises the government’s “lacklustre” response earlier this week to a new report by the women and equalities committee in parliament, which revealed that sexual abuse of girls had become “accepted as part of everyday life” in England’s schools. One of the report’s key recommendations, which the government sidestepped, was that personal,…

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NI schools inspector says pupils not getting good enough education

Northern Ireland’s chief inspector of schools has said too many pupils are not getting a good enough education. In her latest report, Noelle Buick said that those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were particularly affected. She also expressed concern over how children are taught, pointing out that about one fifth of lessons were “less than good”. However, she acknowledged that a number of areas of education had improved since her last report, in 2014. The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) observed more than 11,000 lessons and training sessions in Northern Ireland…

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