The Schools in Delhi have been asked to prepare and submit ‘Micro Plans’ for reopening in July by the government. They have also been asked by the Directorate of Education to explore options in teaching and learning, taking aid of the right mix of regular classes and online resources, for which the availability of smartphones for each student had to be assessed. This micro plan framework is to be submitted by each of the schools by June 5. The HoS will submit the plan to the  District Deputy Director of Education concerned on or before June 5. The Deputy CM will then hold a meeting with DDEs to discuss the school plans of their districts thereafter immediately,” stated the DoE. Further, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia will be taking a final decision after a thorough discussion with the district officers in charge, of the school plans. Check >> Private Schools On Govt Land With No ‘Land Clause’ Don’t Require DOE Approval For Fee Hike- Delhi HC

Microplanning Essential For Re-opening Of Schools In July

With the global pandemic cases escalating alarmingly, the schools and other institutions were shut down by mid-March. The lockdown that followed has had a devastating impact on the education system. However, the Delhi government had conducted online classes in early May for classes 9 to 12. The classes had been suspended for summer vacation from May 11 to June 30. With a relaxed state of the lockdown in action, the schools have been devising methods on how to conduct the classes in times of Corona. “At present, summer vacations are going on. However, various activities and online classes are being conducted via SMS by teachers to help the students. However, we must be ready with a micro plan as per the needs of the school keeping in view the enrolment, staff, and infrastructure for re-opening of schools whenever a decision is taken in this regard,” read the circular of the DoE.

Additional Responsibility For The Heads Of Schools

“To initiate this planning process the facilitators of Cluster Leadership Development Programme shall conduct a session with about 10 heads of schools (HOSs) in their respective clusters in next fortnight.” a circular from the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Tuesday read. The schools have also been asked to submit statistics of the number of students, teaching staff, and support staff and also the available infrastructure. Check >> Government Schools In Delhi To Prepare A Schedule For Textbooks Distribution

The heads of schools have also been put in charge of assessing and tracking each student, providing them emotional assistance, monitoring their sanitization, and abide by the social distancing norms when the school reopens. Each head is also responsible for ensuring whether or not it will be feasible for all of the students of the school to attend classes starting from July. A record of the number of students that the school is in contact with is also to be maintained. A proper assessment on how to enable social distancing norms and stick to the guidelines should be made and the number of students that can be accommodated per class must be given. The accessibility of communication devices among students must be analyzed and the number is to be taken.

According to the recent statement of the Delhi Directorate of Education, it is the duty of the private unaided schools to provide the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students with desktops, laptops, smartphones, or high-speed internet facilities for them to avail the online earning facilities. This obligation was submitted before the High Court of Delhi by the Delhi Directorate.

 

Schools Must Ensure That No Student Is Left Behind

 

The Directorate submitted a counter affidavit in the court, which highlights the responsibility that each of these schools should take to ensure that no student can be left from not being able to receive online education due to the deficiency of learning materials that are necessary to attend these online classes. The statement also went on to focus on the Right to Education Act, which makes the government duty-bound to release funds and reimbursements for the same.

 

 

The Directorate had filed the counter affidavit in response to the petition that demanded that the schools provide laptops, smartphones, and high-speed internet connections to the students belonging to the EWS category studying in private unaided schools and are unable to take the online classes which have been the substitute for the loss of classes during the lockdown period amidst the COVID 19 outbreak.

 

Notice Issued To The Private Schools In Delhi

 

On the basis of the petition filed by the NGO, Justice For All and the government through an affidavit, 15 private schools in Delhi have been issued a show-cause notice for not providing free learning accessories like laptops, i-pads, android phones with a high-speed internet connection to the students. “The children belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) or disadvantaged group (DG) category are protected under Article 21A of Constitution for getting an equitable quality education, and the state is duty-bound to remove all financial barriers coming in the way of getting quality education in the same manner as their counterpart fee-paying students are getting in the school,” the NGO has said in its plea. The Education Department in Delhi was sought for a response based on this by the bench of Justices Manmohan & Sanjeev Narula.

 

The Delhi Court of late has made it clear that the schools and the government must ensure that not even a single student must be deprived of online education due to the deficiency of learning materials. In this regard, the schools have been expected to collect the equipment necessary for facilitating the online education for the EWS students and apply for reimbursement with the central government. A hearing has been scheduled for the same on June 10, 2020.

 

The petition files state that about 50,000 EWS students are not able to attend the online classes which are the only alternative in the lockdown, due to the lack of facilities needed to avail them, like laptops, phones, or high-speed internet facilities.

 

 

 

CBSE Board Exams 2020: Answering all the speculations regarding the possible cancellation of board exams for class 10th and 12th students, the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has specified that the exams will be conducted as soon as possible. CBSE tweeted from its official handle that “Recently there has been a lot of speculation regarding CBSE Board 10th, 12th Exam 2020. It is reiterated that the board’s decision to take board exams for 29 subjects of class 10 and 12, stands the same as mentioned in circular dated 1.4.20.” Check Latest >> CBSE Exam Results 2020 By Aug 15, Schools May Open After August – HRD Minister

CBSE Board Exams 2020: CBSE Latest News Update Over Class 10th 12th

CBSE Board Exam Notification 2020
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CBSE issued an official clarification that all the pending examinations for Class 10th and Class 12th students will be conducted as and when the nationwide lockdown is lifted. The board also specified that the students would be given at least 10 days’ time in order to prepare for the exams. The official statement from CBSE read, “With regards to the conduct of Class 10 examinations. It is once again reiterated that remaining examinations would be conducted by CBSE. It is once again clarified that adequate time of 10 days will be given to all stakeholders before starting the examinations.”

 

CBSE was compelled to issue an official statement to clarify the doubts amongst the students and parents after there were certain reports doing rounds on social media. With these reports, rumors were being spread that as the COVID-19 pandemic is showing no signs of abating any time soon, CBSE Board might cancel the pending exams for class 10th and 12th students. Check >> GSEB HSC (12th) Result 2020: Gujarat Board 12th Result Out For Arts, And Commerce – Direct Link To Check 12th Result Here

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The source behind these reports is being speculated as to the statement from Mr. Anurag Tripathy, Secretary, CBSE, wherein he was quoted as saying to a news channel that “As the minor subjects of class 10 board exams are pending, it can be canceled.” Additionally, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia had raised a demand to cancel the pending board exams for class 10th and 12th  and promote the students based on their performance in internal assessment and exams; further fuelling the confusion.  Check Also | ICSE Board Exam 2020 To Be Held In Maharashtra In July 2020, CISCE Board Confirms To Bombay HC

 

But now that the CBSE has issued an official statement, all these speculations have been put to rest. The board also mentioned that the decision to conduct the exams for 19 subjects for class 10th and 12th board exam is still the same as was mentioned in the official circular issued on 1st April 2020. The notice issued by the CBSE also reiterates that the examinations will be conducted only after assessing the situation once the lockdown is finished. Check >> CBSE Board Exams 2020: 10th 12th Students Can Appear In Exam From Present District

Meanwhile, the Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, has informed that the CBSE board examinations for class 10th and 12th will be conducted only for the 29 main subjects, which are essential for the promotion of the students and admission to higher education institutions. Also Read | New Education Policy: Sports To Be Included as an Integral Part of The Curriculum – Sports Minister

 

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