Parents of intellectually disabled children urge Kerala Education Minister to reopen special schools
Parents of the intellectually-disabled children on Wednesday urged Kerala Education Minister V. Sivankutty to immediately re-open the 325 special schools in the State to alleviate the hardships of the parents and the development challenges faced by their wards on being kept away from schools for over one-and-a-half years now.
The petition was handed over to Mr. Sivankutty under the aegis of the Parents Association for the Intellectually Disabled (PAID). K.M. George, State president, PAID said “Since these children need special care, at least one of the parents cannot go to work affecting the livelihood and income of the family. Children have also turned increasingly violent and developed other behavioural issues disrupting the peace at households. In fact, we are still leading a life akin to the lockdown as we continue to remain locked up in our homes with our children.” The petition said the reopening of special schools and hostels will enable parents to leave their wards in the responsibility and care of those institutions, thus helping them restore their livelihoods. We have to go to work to raise the resources to take of our children, it said.
The government has approved the continuation of the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) for the next five years. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded its approval to a stipendiary support of Rs 3,054 crore to apprentices who undergo apprenticeship training under NATS of Ministry of Education up to March 31, 2026 has been approved.
Around 9 lakhs apprentices will be trained by industry and commercial organisations under NATS. The apprentices who have completed their graduation and diploma programmes from Engineering, Humanities, Science and Commerce streams will be given stipends of Rs 9,000 and Rs 8,000 per month respectively.
CHIREC International School, Rainwater Project and SAHE Society inaugurate historic stepwell of Gachibowli
On the 24th of November, CHIREC International School, The Rainwater Project and SAHE Society (Society For Advancement of Human Endeavor) came together to inaugurate the historic stepwell of Gachibowli. Gachi-baoli, meaning lime-well, is a 200-year-old stepwell built during the Asaf Jahi Dynasty. This ancient structure, prone to degradation, lost its significance to urban development until the three organizations took the responsibility of restoring this heritage structure its natural aquifers for the benefit of the community living in the area.
On this occasion, Sh. Arvind Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Govt. Of Telangana, Sh. V. Prakash Rao, Chairman TWRDC, Smt. Priyanka Ala, Zonal Commissioner West Zone, Dr. Pt. Madnure, Director, Telangana Ground Water and Sh. Venkamma, DC, Sherillingampally graced the event to inaugurate the restored Gachi-baoli. Ms. Kalpana Ramesh, CEO of The Rainwater Project addressed the audience and shared with them the history of the well and the significance behind restoring water resources. She also took the audience through the 200-day restoration journey and highlighted the steps involved from cleaning the debris in the well to installing aquifers for water restoration and developing the site to make the well accessible to people. The Chief Guest, Sh. Arvind Kumar, said, “Restoring, preserving and brining a heritage figure back to shape is not just a great initiative but it’s fulfilling for every human being. This restoration sends out a strong message to Hyderabad. The efforts of CHIREC as the funder and The Rainwater Project and SAHE as the implementers will serve as an inspiration to every community and all the schools.”
The Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced that schools, colleges, and other educational institutions are allowed to reopen from Monday, i.e., November 29, 2021. On November 13, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced that schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will be closed for a week starting from Monday due to degrading air quality.
Recently, a group of parents wrote a letter to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking his intervention for the reopening of schools that were closed recently due to air pollution.
In the letter, parents said that due to Covid-19, schools were already closed for a long period of time, and while construction and other activities are allowed, keeping in mind weather-related changes that have resulted in minor improvements in AQI, children and their education should also be given equal attention.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched ‘Adolescent peer educators leadership programme in life skills, holistic health and wellbeing.’ The course will amplify resilience, mental well-being, self-esteem, social sensitivity, better communication skills, enhanced ability, set goals and lead a socially productive life. Over 2,600 CBSE schools across the country are enrolled for the initial phase of online orientation programmes. The ongoing training programme is divided into batches with 8-hour training sessions spread over 4 days. Two school counsellors/ wellness teacher / nodal teachers and 4 peer educators are being trained on 4 modules and 8 themes like building resilience, nutrition, hygiene, family bonding, dealing with emotions, the impact of the digital world and effective career choices.
The themes of the programme shall go on evolving as suggestions will be received from peer educators and good practices are shared across the country. A dedicated web page on the CBSE website shall carry advisory, practical tips, posters, videos, FAQs, and online interactive platform for various aspects of life skills, mental health, and wellbeing. Orientation modules will also be included which would further serve as an Interactive Chat-Line Platform for contact, guidance, and life skills for 21st century learners.
The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, UPMSP, will conduct the UP Board Exams 2022 for Classes 10 and 12 only after the UP assembly elections. However, the board will conduct the pre-board examinations in January. According to department sources, more than 51 lakh students have applied for the high school and intermediate UP board exams this year. Over 27 lakh students have applied for Class 10 board exams, and more than 23 lakh students have applied for Class 12 board exams. Previously, the board used to conduct the examination in February-March, but this time, the assembly elections will be held in February-March, for which polling stations will be set up in schools, and teachers will be appointed for duties. Therefore, the UP board has decided to conduct the 2022 board examination after the assembly elections only.
The Assam government on Wednesday approved the new school system under the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 to implement the NEP in the state by 2023. The decision was taken during the Assam cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The Assam cabinet decided that the school education structure should be changed from the existing 10+2 to 5+3+3+4. “5 years (pre-school) and 3 years (Classes 3,4 & 5) will be under the Directorate of Elementary Education, 3 years (Classes 6, 7 & 8) and 4 years (Classes 9, 10, 11 & 12) will be under the Directorate of Education. The change will come into effect from 2023,” said Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Indian Institute Of Management (IIM), Bodh Gaya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Health Society, Bihar on November 22. The MoU aims at establishing a long-term association between IIM Bodh Gaya and the State Health Society of Bihar which will aim at creating a world-class healthcare infrastructure in the state. The MoU also works for increasing the management capacity and utilizing management education in different contexts of society.
This MoU is a step towards training the healthcare professionals under the Government of Bihar in leadership, motivation and behavioral aspects of Healthcare Management said IIM Bodh Gaya in its statement. Health Minister Mangal Pandey stated that this MoU is a step towards building a long-term association between IIM Bodh Gaya and the State Health Society of Bihar to create a world-class healthcare infrastructure in the state.