Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced that universities and colleges in the state will open for final-year Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) students from October 4. Mr. Vijayan also said that detailed instructions on the opening of educational institutions are being worked out. However, the decision of reopening the schools will be taken later.
Kerala General Education minister V Sivankutty had earlier said that the state government will consider reopening the schools in a phased manner. The minister emphasised on the students to get completely vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and he said that vaccination of students depends on the approval of the central government and experts.
JNUSU Members Stage Protest Demanding Reopening Of Campus & Hostel Accommodation – Education News India
Members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union staged a protest on Monday demanding reopening of the campus and hostel accommodation for students of 2020 and 2019 batches. They called for an indefinite sit-in outside the office of the Dean of Students (DoS) and urged students to join their agitation. The university on Saturday had issued guidelines for phased reopening of the campus from September 6, but the students’ body alleged that the administration had made hollow promises.
The students’ body said “Following the protest at DoS by JNUSU today, DoS was pressured into meeting the delegation of JNUSU. JNUSU put forth the demands of immediate commencement of allotment of hostel to 2020 and 2019 batches, issuance of identity card to the first year students, improvement in hostel infrastructure and universal vaccination in front of DoS.” The protesters said upon receiving no concrete response on any of their demands from DoS, the students’ union has given a call for an indefinite sit-in outside DoS office.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter urging the central government to postpone the NEET-UG 2021 exam. The opposition leader alleged that the government is “blind” to students’ distress. NEET-UG 2021 exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 12.
This response came after the Supreme Court on Monday refused to defer the NEET-UG examination, scheduled for September 12, saying it does not want to interfere with the process and it will be “very unfair” to reschedule it.
The apex court said however that the petitioners will be at liberty to make a representation before the competent authorities on the issue and the same may be decided at the earliest in accordance with the law. The NEET-UG 2021 aspirants are seeking deferment on the ground that several other exams are scheduled during the period. #PostponeNeetUG has been trending on Twitter with aspirants demanding the postponement of the exam to October 2021.
PM Modi launches five new initiatives for accessible education during Shikshak Parv 2021 – Education News India
Addressing teachers and students during the inaugural conclave of ‘Shikshak Parv’ via video-conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched multiple key initiatives in the education sector. The Ministry of Education (MoE) is celebrating Shikshak Parv, 2021 from September 5-17 in recognition of the valuable contributions of teachers and to take National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 a step forward.
Modi launched five initiatives on the occasion, including Indian sign language dictionary of 10,000 words, talking books (audiobooks for visually impaired), school quality assessment and accreditation framework (SQAAF) of CBSE, NISHTHA teachers’ training programme for NIPUN Bharat, and Vidyanjali portal for facilitating education volunteers, donors and CSR contributors for school development. “Teachers have rightly tackled all the challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic through online classes, group video calls and online exams. These concepts were not known to anyone earlier, but the stakeholders of the education system made them a part of the regular learning process,” PM Modi said.
He added that the Vidyanjali portal will help the country take advantage of community participation to help students. “In the past, we have dealt with many challenges through community participation. It is time for us to utilise our strength to help the education sector. Be it a research scholar or a bank manager, anyone can volunteer in their individual capacity,” he said.
Survey reveals only 8% rural kids attend online classes, 75% kids see literacy loss – Education News India
A recent survey of nearly 1,400 school children in underprivileged households has shown catastrophic consequences of prolonged school closure in the last year and a half. The “School Children’s Online and Offline Learning (SCHOOL) Survey” was conducted in August 2021 that studied 1,362 households and 1,362 children enrolled in Classes 1-8 to see the impact of lockdown on the education system, especially on kids.
The ‘SCHOOL’ survey took place in 15 states and UTs: Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. The survey emphasised the urban-rural divide and how it impacted this division separately and to what extent. As per the survey report, in rural areas only 8 per cent of children study online regularly, 37 per cent are not studying at all, and about half are unable to read more than a few words. Most parents want schools to reopen as soon as possible.
Further, the picture that emerges from the survey is absolutely dismal, especially in rural areas. The key findings speak for themselves. In rural areas, only 28% of children were studying regularly at the time of the survey, and 37% were not studying at all.
The ‘SCHOOL’ survey thus makes it very clear that the reach of online education is very limited as the proportion of school children who were studying online “regularly” was just 24 per cent and 8 per cent in urban and rural areas respectively. The reason why only a handful of students are receiving online education is that many sample households (about half in rural areas) have no smartphones.
The Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) declared the Save a Year or Kerala Plus Two Say result 2021 on its official website.
A total of 87.94 per cent of students cleared the class 12 exam successfully, the pass percentage in the science stream was 90.52 per cent, while humanities and the commerce streams recorded 89.33 per cent and 89.13 per cent, respectively.
Candidates who appeared for the DHSE +2 SAY 2021 examination can visit the official website of Kerala Examination Results — keralaresults.nic.in — to check and download the Kerala plus two say exam result 2021.