Kerala HSCAP 2nd Allotment List 2020 Released: DHSE Kerala has officially released the HSCAP 2nd Allotment list for Kerala PPlus One admissions 2020. Candidates who were waiting for the allotment list can now check their selection status. For checking the status of their selected candidates can log in on the official website of HSCAP Kerala – hscap.kerala.gov.in.

Candidates can get access to the direct link of the 2nd Allotment List here:

How to check HSCAP Kerala 2nd Allotment List 2020 online?

For easy access to the results of the allotment list, the results of the HSCAP 2nd Allotment list are published online. Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps in order to check their selection status in the allotment list:-

  • Visit the official website of HSCAP 2020 – hscap.kerala.gov.in
  • Find and click on the Candidate Login link
  • A new window will open asking for Login details
  • Enter your Username, Password and select your district 
  • After successful login, your selection status will be shown on the screen
  • Check the allotment list
  • Download and print it for further use

Admission Process After 28th Sept. 2020

With the release of the allotment list, the admission notification for Plus One/ Class 11 has been released. It is stated that the students selected or the qualifying students can continue with their admission process from 28th September, 2020 to 6th October, 2020. Qualifying students need to complete their admission formalities till 6th September, 2020. 

Earlier 1st Allotment list for Plus One admission was released on 13th September, 2020 and the admission process was held from 14th to 19 September, 2020.

Odisha Government to conduct Radio class from Class 1 to 8: The Odisha Government will be conducting ‘Radio Pathshala’ from the class 1-8. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown of schools from March 2020 has to lead to the complete shutting down of education for all classes. As per the Odisha School Education Programme Authority, the ‘Radio Pathshala’ will be broadcasted on All India Radio from today- 28 September 2020. The Pathshala will be conducted all week from Monday to Friday. The classes will be syllabus based and will be conducted from 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM. The classes are conducted in order to provide continuous learning for the students.

The classes are conducted in order to make the learning continues for the students as the lockdown of schools is creating a break in their education.

State Projector Director, Odisha School Education Programme Authority has asked all the District Education Officers, District Project Coordinator, and Block Education Officers to ask all the headmasters and CRSS to inform all the students and parents to listen to the radio programme daily and make sure that the students are listening to the radio programmes on daily basis.

 

School Conducting Classes on Radio

Due to the Covid-19 there has been a complete shutdown of schools across the country since March, 2020. While most schools has adopted online learning and online classes, some state governments have shifted to Television and Radio mode as some families did have access to internet facility or does not have means to access the online learning platforms. 

By adopting the Television and Radio mode, governments have made it easier for the students to access the education programme in order for providing continuous learning to the students.

HSCAP Allotment List 2020: Kerala Department of Higher Education has released the HSCAP Allotment List 2020 on its official website hscap.kerala.gov.in. It was scheduled to be released on 14th September 2020 but it got released earlier on 13th September 2020.

HSCAP Allotment List 2020

HSCAP List is the list that includes the names of students selected for admission in class 11. Students who had applied for the seat can now check for their name in the Kerala Plus One Allotment List released by Kerala DHEC by logging on the official website of HSCAP with login credentials.

 The trial Allotment list was earlier released on 5th September 2020 and as per the revised official schedule, the final Allotment list will be released on 5th October 2020. A total of 476046 students applied for the seats in Class 11 and a total of 280212 students seats are available and will be filled in the first Allotment round as per the first allotment. Until now 22252 seats have been filled and 57878 seats are remaining to be fulfilled through this list.

 HSCAP Allotment List 2020: Steps to Check

Below mentioned are the steps for checking the name of students in the allotment list:-

  • Visit the official website of HSCAP at hscap.kerala.gov.in
  • Click on the Candidate login option for the First Allotment
  • Login credentials are entered- User name, password, and district
  • A new page will be displayed showing the allotment list
  • Download the page
  • Take a printout of the page for further use.

In this way, students can check their names in the First Allotment list of HSCAP 2020. Further admission process starts today and will be continued till 19th September 2020.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has published an update regarding the opening of schools. The Health Ministry officially published a  Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on 8th September evening of partial re-opening of schools for higher classes. 

Since we are all aware of the current situation that Schools have been closed since April due to the worldwide pandemic situation. Schools and students have suffered a lot during this academic year of 2020-21. Finally, the Health Ministry has declared the opening of schools in Unlock 4. The notice states that partial reopening of school will take place from 21st September 2020 for classes of 9,10,11 and 12. SOP clearly states that the reopening will be totally voluntary and students can come and take guidance from teachers with their parent’s consent. Students will need to submit a properly signed declaration by their parents in order to visit schools during this time. 

Official Notification Released:

In the detailed notification, it covers two important points regarding the preventive measures to be taken when the school opens and the measures to be taken by the school before the school opens. The notification provides Generic preventive measures and preventive measures before the reopening of schools. SOP explained the prerequisites which need to be done before the school reopening on 21st September 2020. Students can find the full information here:

General Preventive Measures

According to the official notification by the Health Ministry, these are the preventive measures which need to be followed and properly managed by schools when the school reopens:

  • Use of Face masks and Face covers in the school premises
  • Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and regular washing of hands with soap
  • Maintaining a distance of 6 feet between teachers and students as feasible
  • Respiratory etiquettes such as covering one’s mouth while sneezing and coughing too be followed
  • SElf-monitoring of health and reporting of illness at the earliest
  • Installation of use of Aarogya Setu App

Measure Before Reopening of Schools

Here, you will see the measures which are to be followed by schools before the school opens as per the official SOP released by Health Ministry:

  • Only schools which are not in Containment zones are allowed to be open
  • Teachers and students residing in containment zones are not allowed to visit the school
  • Schools which were used as quarantine centers in the past need to go for deep sanitization and cleaning
  • Proper sanitization of schools including laboratories, halls with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution
  • Only 9 to 12 class students are allowed to visit schools on a voluntary basis
  • Only 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff can come to school
  • Marking and management of crowding outside school premises need to be planned
  • A contactless attendance system needs to be adopted
  • Assemblies, sports events, etc are strictly prohibited
  • Swimming pools in schools will remain closed
  • Backup storage of face masks, sanitizers, gloves should be available in need for teachers and students
  • Sanitizers, sodium hypochlorite solutions, soaps should be readily available at school
  • Pulse oximeters for checking oxygen level and thermo gun should be available in need to check any ill person
  • Management of covered dustbins and trash cans should be properly done at school premises

Schools in order to reopen need to follow all these preventive measures and also follow these strictly in order to prevent the infection spread and to provide a safe environment for students and teachers.

 

New NEP 2020: Ever since the announcement of the National Education Policy a few weeks earlier, there have been mixed reactions from different states. But most of the states have welcomed the decision of the union government and have started planning for implementation of the NEP 2020. Recently, during the Independence Day celebrations in Sikkim, the Chief Minister of the state Mr. Prem Singh Tamang stated that the government in the state will be setting up an education reform commission. The duty of the commission will be to design and implement a comprehensive policy that is in sync with the NEP 2020.

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After hoisting the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day, the Chief Minister appreciated the National Education Policy and added that it offers a comprehensive framework and overarching vision for higher education sectors as well as the school education sector. He also stated that “The state government will set up a Sikkim Education Reform Commission to draw a comprehensive policy and strategy in line with the National Education Policy, 2020.” 

New NEP 2020: Sikkim to Set-up Model Schools

On the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of India, the celebrations in the state were muted to a large extent. The social distancing norms and health safety guidelines were fully followed during the event. In addition to appreciating the NEP 2020, the chief minister also stated that there are plans to the government to set-up one model school in each district of the state. This model school will offer education to children using innovative learning and teaching methodologies.

New NEP 2020: Several Important Announcements were Made

The chief minister also paid tributes to the 20 brave army soldiers who achieved martyrdom during a bloody clash with the Chinese army in the eastern Ladakh, a few months back. He also asked the people of the state to keep fighting against the Coronavirus pandemic and use masks and observe social distancing at all times.

Concluding his speech on the occasion of the Independence Day, the chief minister took a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a self-reliant country. He asked people of the state to make Sikkim an AtmaNirbhar state and prefer locally produced products.

JKBOSE Reduces Syllabus for 10 and 12 Classes by 30%: There is an extremely important update for all the students who will be appearing for class 10th and 12th board exams to be conducted this year. As per the latest update shared by the Jammu and Kashmir Administration, it has been decided that the overall syllabus for class 10th and 12th exams will be reduced by 30% across the state. This decision has been taken due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the state which has resulted in schools being shut for several months now.

The decision of the state administration was shared by Principal Secretary, School Education and Skill Development of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon. He conveyed the decision through his twitter account by tweeting, “Syllabus for 10+2 class exams reduced to 70 % for JKUT, Samoon tweeted. He added that this also applied for the 10th class syllabus for exams. Syllabus for 10+2 classes exams reduced to 70 % for JKUT.” This announcement comes as a significant relief to the class 10th and 12th students in the state who have been worried about the board exams due next year as the classes have been curtailed across the schools. 

JKBOSE Follows the Decision Taken by the Other States

The decision taken by the school education board in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is in line with the decision taken by several other states across the country. In addition to state government’s like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Goa, the Central Board for Secondary Education had announced an overall reduction of 30% in the syllabus for the class 10th and 12th students across the country.

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A senior official of the JKBOSE was quoted as saying, “The decision will definitely help students to a great extent as the closure of schools due to extended lockdowns has affected their studies.” The board officials had offered recommendations to the Administrative Council to provide the students with the choice to attempt only 60-70% of the questions featuring in the question paper during final examinations. This was considered in order to compensate for the loss of precious days in the ongoing academic session.

Online Classes For Academic Year 2020-21: There has been an extremely crucial announcement from the education ministry wherein it has now been announced that the Academic Year 2020-21 will not be a zero year. This news has brought a lot of relief to the students and parents who had been staring at an uncertain future. 

There were apprehensions amongst the parents and students that the schools and colleges have remained shut since March 2020, so this academic year might be treated as a zero year. 

Parl Panel Questioned Holding of Online Classes

Answering these concerns, the education ministry informed the parliamentary panel that it is hopeful of resuming the classes in the near future as well as conducting the exams. The information was shared with the parliamentary panel wherein the ministry presented its case before the panel and stated that it is trying to resume the classes as soon as possible. Check | NEP 2020 Board Exams to be Made Easy

The education ministry was represented by the senior officials including the school education secretary, UGC Chairman, and the higher education secretary. They informed the standing committee on human resources regarding the steps being taken to streamline the education of students across the country in wake of the ongoing pandemic. 

Effectiveness of Online Classes Doubtful

The education ministry officials had to face several questions from the chairman of the parliamentary panel regarding the effectiveness of the online classes being conducted for students in present times. The members questioned the effectiveness of the learning outcomes through online classes. The panel added that it is important for the ministry to consider the suitability of the online classes for students from poor families. Most of these families either cannot afford smartphones or laptops or might just have one smartphone. Therefore, it will be difficult for them to access the online classes being conducted. Check | Delhi to Get Its Own Education Board, Implement NEP 2020 by Next Year

Community Radio Based Education Classes for Students

The panel suggested to the ministry officials that they must use community radio and transistors to ensure the delivery of online lessons to all students. As this method is extremely cost-effective, hence it can be offered to students coming from poorer backgrounds. The panel also recommended that a big question bank should be compiled by various departments under the ministry, which could be distributed to the students to help with their education.

In what is being seen as a significant step towards regulating the consumption of junk food amongst school-going children, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued orders prohibiting the sale of junk food within 50 meters of the school campuses. The announcement was made by Mr. Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI.

No Junk Food Outlets in a 50-Meter Radius of Schools

As per the orders, the sale and advertisement of unhealthy and junk food will now be restricted in school canteens as well as in establishments located within 50 meters of school campuses. Mr. Singhal stated that the aim of this decision is to ensure a safe, healthy, and nutritious diet for school-going children.  Check | Delhi to Get Its Own Education Board, Implement NEP 2020 by Next Year

When asked about the decision, a senior official from FSSAI was quoted as saying, “The idea is to provide safe food and a balanced diet for children in schools. Foods which are referred to as foods high in fat, salt, and sugar (HFSS) cannot be sold to schoolchildren in school canteens or mess premises or hostel kitchens or within 50 meters of the school campus.”

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The Delhi High Court in 2015 ordered The officials from FSSAI added that “Canteen, mess, kitchen operating in school should have a licence from FSSAI. Also, food business operators contracted by the department of education to function the Mid-Day Meal scheme must obtain a registration or licence from the apex food regulating agency and comply with the requirements of hygienic practices as specified under schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards Act.Check | NEP 2020 Board Exams to be Made Easy

Inspections to be Conducted Regularly

The official remarked that “Schools administrations have to adopt a comprehensive programme for promoting safe food and healthy diets among schoolchildren and to convert school campuses into Eat Right School focusing on safe and healthy food, local and seasonal food and no food waste as per the specified guidelines. This has to be monitored by a nodal officer nominated by each school.”

Strict Guidelines to be Implemented

Stating that these guidelines will be implemented within a few days and it is the responsibility of the school authorities, another official was quoted as saying that, “School authorities have to promote the consumption of a safe and balanced diet in the school as per the guidelines issued by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).”

NEP 2020 Implementation: Delhi to Get Education Board Next Year In an announcement that can change the education landscape in the schools in Delhi, the education minister Manish Sisodia informed the media that Delhi’s own school education board will be operational by the next academic year. But unlike other states, the new school education board will not be forced on the government schools. While discussing the plans of the Delhi Government regarding setting up a new school education board, Mr. Sisodia stated that the board will be in sync with the reforms suggested under the latest National Education Policy 2020. The focus of the education in the state will now be on continuous evaluation, instead of the term-end and year-end exams.

During an interview, he stated that “We have recently set up two committees for working on the proposed board as well as curriculum reforms. An ideal situation would be that we make it operational by next year. Initially, around 40 schools will be affiliated to the board, which could be either government or private.” Check | FSSAI Bans Sale of Junk Food Within 50 Meter Radius of Schools

NEP 2020 Implementation: Schools will be Free to Make Their Choice

The Delhi education minister further stated that “What happens in other state boards is that the private schools are free to make their choice whether they want to opt for CBSE, ICSE or state board, while government schools follow the state board. We will have no imposition. It will be optional for both government and private schools. We want to make the board so enriching and useful, that there is the demand for it.” The state government had revealed its plan to set-up a new school education board for Delhi during the budget discussions in March earlier this year. Check | NEP 2020 Board Exams to be Made Easy

Two Committees Set Up to Develop Proposal NEP 2020 will be Implemented

When asked about the implementation of the NEP 2020 in Delhi, the education minister added that “We are studying the policy in detail. We have already been working on some of the reforms proposed in it. There are a few anomalies but there are a few good things too. I have told the two committees that our board will be in sync with the NEP because as a nation we are together, but the focus will not be on evaluating students once a year and not encouraging rote learning in the process.” 

The National Education Policy 2020 is seen as a big step in the reformation of the education sector in the country which so far had been operating on the National Education Policy announced in 1986.

 

The political storm caused by the announcement of the National Education Policy 2020 is being witnessed in many states. When the policy was announced, the state education minister of West Bengal slammed the NEP 2020 as being a copy of the education policy in western countries. He said that “I wonder how they (Centre) can think of enforcing it without any discussion in the Parliament or with the states. This is unilateral.” Now, the state government has formed a committee of six members and share their observations on the NEP 2020.

This committee will comprise of several notable academicians including Mr. Sougata Roy (Retired Professor), Mr. Suranjan Das (Vice-Chancellor Jadavpur University), Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury (Rabindra Bharati University Vice-Chancellor), Avik Majumdar (West Bengal syllabus committee chairman) Nrisingha Prasad Bhadur (Indologist) and educationist Pabitra Sarkar.

Careful Scrutiny of The NEP 2020 In West Bengal

While interacting with the media, the education minister stated that the committee will scrutinize the provisions of the National Education Policy and subsequently submit a report to the state government by 15th August 2020. He also added that, “We will also seek views of schoolteachers and varsity professors on the matter. Once the committee submits its report, following careful observations, we will convey our opinion on the new policy to the Centre.” 

The state education minister registered his apprehensions regarding the NEP 2020 in front of the media. He added that, “As a political party, we have our reservations regarding the NEP, 2020. We have formed a six-member committee that will examine the NEP’s merit.” He further stated that, “The state government was not consulted. We would have registered our reservations. But no one from Bengal was included in the committee that formulated the NEP.”

NEP 2020: Other States Also Opposing The Provisions

West Bengal is not the only state that is opposing the provisions of NEP 2020. Tamil Nadu government as well as the opposition parties have also resisted the three-language formula recommended in the NEP 2020 and dubbed it as an attempt to force Hindi and Sanskrit on Tamil people. It is yet to be seen how other state governments and political parties view the sweeping changes introduced under the NEP 2020.