Bihar School News: All the educational institutions across the country have been shut even before the nationwide lockdown came into effect in the last week of March 2020. As the threat of the pandemic had been increasing steadily, state governments decided to extend the shutdown of the schools for the time being. This had an effect on the students because they were designed to continue their studies using whatever resources are available to them. But in the latest guidelines issued by the central government, indications have been given that educational activities might resume from the second phase of the unlock.

This has prompted the concerned authorities in Bihar to start working towards the resumption of the educational activities in the state. Mr. Giriwar Dayal, Director of Secondary Education, Bihar has issued letters to all District Education Officers in this regard. All DEOs have been instructed to get in touch with the concerned stakeholders which includes students, parents, teachers, guardians, and school administration, and gather their feedback regarding the resumption of the classroom sessions across the schools in the state of Bihar. Check | NCERT Solution For Class 9 Science Chapter 1 Matter In Our Surroundings

Details of The Guidelines Issued By The Bihar Education Department

The Director of Secondary Education has instructed all the District Education Officers across the 38 districts in the state to avoid meeting with the stakeholders in person. Instead, they have been instructed to collect feedback and suggestions from the stakeholders through WhatsApp or Email. The complete report has to be filed with the Director of Secondary Education latest by 7th June 2020. Check Also: NCERT Released Alternative Academic Calendar For CBSE 11th And 12th: HRD Minister Announces New Updates

The Director of Secondary Education has also suggested a ten-point query that must be carried out by the DEOs. The suggestions include inquiring regarding the starting of the new academic session, a maximum number of students to be allowed in a class, date of re-opening of the institutions, duration of the class, as well as the prayer assembly.

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Decision Welcomed By The Private Schools And Welfare Association

The decision of the state government to start working towards re-opening the schools in Bihar has been welcomed by the Private Schools and Welfare Association. This association represents more than 25,000 recognized private schools in Bihar. When questioned regarding the response of the association towards the decision of the government, Mr. Shamael Ahmad, National present, Private Schools, and Welfare Association stated that “Schools should be opened in a phased manner. In the first phase, senior secondary sections should be reopened, followed by secondary sections, and so on. The seating arrangement should be planned to ensure minimal physical contact among students.” Check Also: Bihar Board 10th Result 2020: BSEB Matric Scrutiny From 29 May, Check How to Apply for Scrutiny

He also reiterated that the priority of the government and the schools would be to resume academic activities and classroom sessions, extracurricular activities, and events that can wait for now.

So, now the students in Bihar can hope to resume their classroom sessions soon and continue with their academics in the desired manner.

 

School News Odisha: The Coronavirus Pandemic is still spreading extremely quickly across the country and this has prompted the government to continue with some of its strict measures. The education sector across all the states is reeling under the impact of the nationwide lockdown. Same is the story with Odisha, which has been seriously affected by the pandemic, and the schools across the state have been shut since March. Earlier, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaik had stated that the schools and colleges in Odisha will stay closed till 17th June 2020

But as the situation across the state is worsening and the Coronavirus Pandemic is spreading quickly, the government has decided that the schools will remain shut till the end of June 2020. This intimation was shared with the media by the Chief Secretary of Odisha, Mr. A K Tripathy. The decision has been taken that fresh cases of Coronavirus infection have emerged from the 19 districts out of 30 in the state. Check >> COVID19: HRD Minister Released NCERT Alternative Academic Calendar
In such a situation students have no other option but to continue their education through the available online and offline resources. It is not possible for the government to resume classroom sessions until the situation normalizes.

School News: Odisha To Enforce The LockDown Rules Strictly

During his interaction with the media, the Chief Secretary stated, “No religious congregation will be permitted till June 30 this year and religious institutions will remain closed till the end of June in the state. School, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed in the state till July 31.” As the spread of the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down, the Odisha government has not given many relaxations in the fifth version of the lockdown. Check >> IAS Manoj Ahuja Becomes New Chairman of CBSE

All social congregations must be avoided across all the districts. In order to curb the spread of the pandemic, the state government has announced a two-day lockdown for every week of June across 11 districts in the state. The decision of the state government to continue the lockdown is contrary to various relaxations announced by the central government but is necessary in the wake of the ongoing situation. Check Also: Odisha Board 2020: Government Promotes Students In Classes 1-8, 9 And 11 Without Exams

 

Fines To Be Levied Against People Who Do Not Comply

The Chief Secretary further added that, “Night curfew will continue in the state from 7 pm to 7 am, instead of 9 pm to 5 am as announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs.” Along with schools and colleges, all coaching institutions, shopping malls, cinema halls, religious places will also remain closed during the lockdown. Check Here: NEET 2020: How To Prepare For NEET Exam? NEET 2020 Study Plan And Preparation Strategy

People roaming outside without face masks will be fined Rs. 500 each time for the first two offenses but another repeat of the offense would attract a fine of Rs. 1000.

According to the latest announcements as on Monday, 18 May 2020, the government of Punjab has taken the decision of broadcasting the curriculum of the state-run schools on the DD Punjabi channel. With all the educational institutions like schools and colleges closed down since the mid-March due to the unforeseen outbreak of the coronavirus and global pandemic COVID 19, the nation has been brought to a standstill. With the academics on an indefinite pause, and the lockdown stretching over its fourth phase, the students are likely to lose touch of the studies. This initiative has been taken by the Punjab government in order to ensure that the students do not suffer from the lockdown and get affected academically.

 

Government Issues Detailed Guidelines For Curriculum Broadcast

The government has also meticulously scheduled the class timings for students belonging to each class. An education programme had already been made available for the benefit of students of classes 7th and 8th already on DTH platforms from 20 April 2020 by the school education department. Starting from 19 May, the timing of the telecast for the class 9 students starts at 9 am and will end at 11: 15 am. This will be followed by the telecast for the class 10 students, starting from 11:15 am to 1:45 pm. Subsequently, the primary classes, 3, 4 and 5 will have their telecast scheduled from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm, according to the latest update from the government.

 

The District Education Officers and heads of schools have already been intimated about this by the Director of Education. The school heads will have to then ensure that the teachers also watch these programs and will have to collect feedback on these programs on a daily basis from them. The teachers, in turn, will have to pass down the information regarding the schedule and timetable for these programs to the students and maintain individual communication with each of the students. The students are to be motivated to indulge in these activities and effectively utilize the free time to make up for the loss of classes.

 

Parents Get Relief On The Fee Payment Front

The Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla had earlier said the schools conducting online classes would be allowed to only charge tuition fees from the students for the lockdown period. No other additional fee, like bus fees, uniform fees, or sports fees, can be taken from students. However, the schools that are not conducting online classes cannot charge any type of fee from the students. This has come as a huge relief for the parents.

With the government taking this noteworthy initiative, it is now essential that the parents motivate the kids to pursue their lessons through the DD broadcast as well as with the help of online classes. Schools in the state will continue to remain closed as the lockdown has been extended further. 

 

 

Schools in Delhi have been closed since 16th March 2020, and now that the summer holidays have been announced by the government, the schools in Delhi will not be reopening anytime soon. But the government of Delhi has already started the preparations for the resumption of educational activities in the schools as soon as possible. Another step taken in this direction includes the latest decision of the Delhi Government wherein suggestions have been invited from students, principals, parents, and teachers regarding reopening of schools post Coronavirus lockdown.

Announcing the decision, the Delhi education minister, Mr. Manish Sisodia said, “We have faced challenges in the past; the difference this time is that the entire world is facing it together. Soon, we will learn to live with the coronavirus disease. Slowly, things will open up, and so will the schools. However, this also means that new ideas of schools and learning will have to be scripted.”

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The Education Minister reiterated that it is time that we accept that this virus is here to stay amongst us. Keeping this in mind, students, parents, and teachers need to learn a new way to study, which requires out of the box thinking. He said, “For decades, schools had a set pattern, standardized classes, times, way of functioning. These need to be re-imagined now.”

As per the guidelines of the state government, The Directorate of Education, Delhi Government has issued a new form on its website, wherein suggestions have been invited from parents, teachers, principals, and students. The government of Delhi issued a statement while releasing the form that read, “Students, teachers, principals, and parents whose children are studying in schools can give their inputs. Respondents submitting practical and out of the box suggestions will be invited to share their thoughts with the Education Minister of Delhi through an online platform.”

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In order to formulate a strategy and create a blueprint, Mr. Sisodia will be inviting key stakeholders from across the city for meetings and discussions. A statement was issued by the Delhi Government announcing this decision, which read, “The dialogue sessions will be centered on how each stakeholder views the challenges and opportunities created by the Covid-19 situation, constraints we are likely to face in times to come, and steps that need to be taken from now onwards to create an education set up that ensures equitable quality learning and wellbeing of all children in post lockdown phase.”

In response, school principals and experts have suggested that from now on, schools will have to learn to operate in new ways. Some steps that can be included are rotational classes, no gatherings or annual functions or events, social distancing, regular sanitization of buildings, wearing face masks, use of online platforms, and online training for teachers. They added that this would have to be the way forward unless a vaccine is found to cure the virus.

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Assam School: There is an extremely important update for all the school and college students in Assam. On 7th May 2020, the state government of Assam announced the summer vacations for all the educational institutions in the state. During this period, no educational activities will take place in any educational institution. It is pertinent to mention here that since 23rd March 2020, all the schools and colleges in Assam were ordered to be shut in order to control the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. Ever since then, students have been continuing their education with the help of the online classes as well as other e-learning facilities available.

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Assam Summer Vacations 2020: All Schools And Colleges Closed Till 31st May 2020

While making the announcement, the state education minister, Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, said, “Assam government has decided to declare summer vacation for schools and colleges from 1st May to 31st May.” He further added that “There has been no decision regarding reopening of educational institutions, and it will be taken as per the guidelines of the Centre.”

The state has been under lockdown from 25th March 2020, and as all the schools and colleges in the state have been shut ever since, the government decided to include this period in the summer vacations. But when asked about the reopening of schools and colleges, the minister said that no decision had been taken yet. Once the nationwide lockdown is lifted on 17th May 2020, only then will the government decide.

Assam Summer Vacations 2020: Result for The Exams To Be Declared Soon

Recently, Assam Higher Secondary Education Council also announced that most probably the Assam Results 2020 will be declared by the end of June 2020. The exams have been conducted by the council many days before, but due to the sudden announcement of the nationwide lockdown, final results have not been declared. Now, that some relaxations have been announced in the lockdown, the process of evaluation of answer sheets has resumed with full force. There have been reports that around 15 evaluation centers in Assam have completed the evaluation and correction of answer sheets. They are ready to upload the marks for the purpose of compilation. So, the students can expect their results soon.

In the meantime, the government of Assam has issued guidelines to all government schools in the state to start online classes for students of class 10th and 12th. It is expected that the schools and colleges will resume their activities as soon as the vacations end, i.e. from 1st June 2020. But there are speculations that the classes might be online in nature and physical classes might resume only after some time. 

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Schools in Delhi have been closed since mid-March to control the spread of Coronavirus infection amongst the students. But this has put the academic future of the students in a quandary as not only are the final examinations pending for certain subjects; new academic session might not start at least till July 2020. As a result, the schools have been looking for alternate arrangements to help the students with continuing their studies.

 

Delhi Education: Online Classes & Study Materials To EVS Students

Online classes have been one such endeavor that aims to ensure that education does not stop. But students belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Children with Special Needs (CWSN), and Disadvantaged Group (DG) have been unable to access the online learning resources and are suffering due to it.

 

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Delhi Government has issued instructions to all private unaided schools operating in Delhi to provide the children from the above-mentioned categories with the necessary study material and online classes at the earliest. As of now, no special arrangements have been made by the private unaided schools in Delhi to assist the students enrolled under these sections.

 

The notice issued by the Directorate of Education states that “All the Private Unaided Recognized Schools providing online learning material or classes to the students are hereby directed to ensure that online classes or learning material are also provided to the students admitted under EWS, DG, CWSN category.”

 

The notice issued by the Directorate of Education further added that “In no case, any EWS, DG, CWSN category student shall be deprived of providing online classes or learning material.” Moreover, the notice specified that  “Schools shall ensure the same (access to online classes) in a similar manner as being provided to General category students.” The said notice was issued on 29th April 2020 and instructed the schools to take the necessary actions immediately.

 

On the other hand, Delhi Government has asked the Central Government to cancel the CBSE Board Exams for Class 10th and 12th students and have asked them to be assessed based on their performance in the internal assessment.

 

Ever since the closure of schools in Delhi since 16th March 2020, parents and students have been facing significant inconvenience due to the coronavirus lockdown. Schools have been looking for alternate modes of teaching, and online classes have become the new normal. But students form specific sections were facing problems as no particular arrangements had been made for them.

 

Now that the guidelines have been issued from the Delhi Government, it can be expected that the students from Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Children with Special Needs (CWSN), and Disadvantaged Group (DG) will also be able to continue their studies without any hassles.

 

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COVID-19: #EducationMinisterGoesLive

The Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced to hold a second webinar to address the student’s query on May 5, 2020, at 12 PM through his Twitter and Facebook handle. This is the second webinar by the HRD Minister after the huge success of the first webinar on April 27, 2020.

 

The HRD Minister is looking to clear all doubts, queries of students during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Students can participate in this webinar by posting the questions with #EducationMinisterGoesLive. The Education Minister will be hosting the webinar exclusively for students via his Twitter handle (@DrRPNishank) & Facebook handle (@cmnishank) pages. 

 

Date and Time of Live Webinar

 The Live Webinar Will Be Held On 5th May 2020 at 12:00 PM. 

How to Participate? 

  1. Login on Twitter/Facebook
  2. Go to HRD Minister twitter handle pages: Twitter handle (DrRPNishank) & Facebook handle (@cmnishank)
  3. There, you will find live webinar link
  4. Click on the link and watch and ask questions through #EducationMinisterGoesLive

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The Live webinar on 5th May 2020 is mainly focused on solving the queries and challenges of students during this crisis time of Coronavirus Pandemic. In this Live webinar, students can ask any questions with regards to the pending board exams, paper evaluation, entrance exam schedule, and start of the new academic years. Students who are willing to ark any questions can do so by posting them on social media platforms i.e. Twitter and Facebook using #EducationMinisterGoesLive.

 

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