Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 23-11-2022 | 06:01 am
MUMBAI: School education minister Deepak Kesarkar on Tuesday said that the state will adopt a successful school education model that has been implemented in Kerala. Conducting exams at regular intervals and offering remedial coaching to students who are not doing well and testing them again, upgrading the syllabus every 10 years, and focusing on teaching in the mother tongue are some of the practices in Kerala. Kesarkar said that some of the best practices from other states, including Punjab and Rajasthan, can be adopted here too. He said that the state will now stress on student-focused reforms. Kesarkar said that pre-primary education will soon be brought under the purview of the school education department. During an interaction with the media, Kesarkar said that schools will now return to testing students from class III at regular intervals by holding unit tests, semester-end and final exams. With the 'no-fail' policy prescribed in the Right to Education Act, several schools were following grading systems and did not test students at regular intervals, said a teacher from an aided school. "While no-fail policy will continue, as failing students may lead to dropouts in schools, regular evaluation of students will bring in accountability," said Kesarkar. He said that schools in Kerala come under the gram panchayats. He mentioned that every school in Kerala has a library, which helps in inculcating the reading habit. "Many states are doing well in terms of education. While Maharashtra is a huge state and cannot be compared with Kerala, we can adopt successful models from across the country here," he said. The state has already started the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP), said Kesarkar. He said leading countries in the world are imparting education in their mother tongue. "In advanced countries like Russia, education is imparted in Russian. In Germany, which is a leading country in terms of technology, education is imparted in the German language. If students learn in their own other tongue, they will comprehend it better. English should definitely be taught, but mother tongue should not be sidelined," he said. The minister said that soon pre-primary schools will be brought under the purview of the school education board. Among other announcements, Kesarkar said that from the next academic session, the school syllabus will be split into three sections and notebooks will be added to the textbooks. The sectional book, with booklets for writing, will have to be changed every three months. A principal said they will have to wait and see the guidelines. He said that private schools used to conduct exams anyway, but there has been no uniformity.
Dr Farhat Khan, the author of a controversial book, was arrested from Pune in Maharashtra on Thursday while she was undergoing dialysis in a hospital, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said.The arrest was made in connection with her book named ‘Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System’, which was kept in the library of the Government Naveen Law College in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city.The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has alleged the book being taught to law students has highly objectionable contents against the Hindu community and the RSS.According to police, Khan was suffering from a serious kidney ailment and needed dialysis on a regular basis.“The controversial writer, Farhat Khan, was arrested in Pune when she was undergoing dialysis in a hospital there.Papers (pertaining to the case) were also handed over to her,” Mishra told reporters in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal.Authorities have also started a probe into complaints related to another book and if any objectionable content is found, then it will also be linked with the same case, the minister said without elaborating.On December 3, the Indore-based college’s LLM student and ABVP leader Lucky Adiwal (28) filed a complaint against author Khan, the book’s publisher Amar Law Publication, principal of the institution Dr Inam-ur-Rehman and professor Mirza Mojij Baig in the matter.Earlier, an official said the Indore police had traced Khan to Pune and she was served a notice under relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).“After registering a case five days ago on the issue of the controversial book, we were searching for Dr Frahat Khan and had sent teams to places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rajesh Kumar Singh said.“On the basis of leads, we traced her to Pune and served her a CrPC notice, as per which she was asked to cooperate in the probe and remain present in court at the time of submission of the charge sheet,” he said.The DCP said the Indore-based author was suffering from a serious kidney ailment and needed dialysis on a regular basis.When she went from to Pune from Indore, at that time also she underwent dialysis at a hospital in Sendhwa town on the Maharashtra border, the DCP added.The ABVP had alleged the book contained objectionable content against Hindus, the RSS and promotes religious hatred.The state higher education department had formed a seven-member committee to conduct a probe into the case.A member of the committee said the panel had recorded statements of 250 students and teachers.The higher education department’s commissioner Karmaveer Sharma on Wednesday said the committee has not yet submitted its report.An appropriate action will be taken into the matter on the basis of the probe report, Sharma said.On Tuesday, a local court refused to grant anticipatory bail to the Indore-based law college principal Inam-ur-Rehman and professor Baig, both named as accused in the case.Their lawyer Abhinav Dhanotkar had said the rejection of bail would be challenged in the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
A bandh call has been given in the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad on Thursday in protest against the controversial remarks of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and BJP spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi. The call has been given by the NCP, Shiv Sena (UBT), Congress, VBA and at least 100 social and voluntary organisations.“Essential services, hospitals, ambulances, schools and colleges have been exempted from the bandh. The NCP, Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, Congress, VBA, AIMIM and at least 100 organisations are supporting the bandh,” Maruti Bhapkar, one of the organisers of the bandh, said.Activist Manav Kamble said the bandh has been called to protest against the “insulting” remarks of Koshyari and Trivedi. “We want the Governor to be shifted out of Maharashtra. The Governor has insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj twice and it seems like there is a BJP conspiracy behind this,” he said.Bhapkar said the bandh will be enforced from 9 am to 5 pm. “All shops, industrial units, eateries and markets will remain closed to support the bandh,” he said.
FROM THE next academic year, expected to begin in June 2023, all undergraduate (UG) degree programmes in Maharashtra will have a tenure of four years, as per the National Education Policy, 2020.In a government resolution (GR) issued late Tuesday, the state higher and technical education department asked all universities to formulate regulations for the same.It also shared recommendations made by the state-level committee headed by Dr Ravindra Kulkarni, former pro-vice chancellor of Mumbai University (MU), preparing a roadmap for implementation of the NEP.According to the recommendations, a student should have option to exit or leave the four-year course after each year.For example, a student will get a certificate if exiting after completing first year, diploma if exiting after two years, bachelor’s degree after three years and bachelor’s degree (honors/reserach) after completing four years.These exists (except the final year) would be possible after completing a bridge course, which would train student in employment skills.Also, students should be allowed to choose the semesters – six in all – they want to join. If one joins the course in semester 1, the student would be allowed to exit only after completing semester 2.The one entering the course in semester 3 would be allowed to leave only after completing semester 4.This would hold true for semesters 5 and 6 too.However, many, especially teachers, have raised concerns about the recommendations.Dr Madhu Parajape, general secretary of Bombay University and College Teachers Union (BUCTU), said: “The government has failed to show any commitment toward financial aspects of these reforms in terms of fees and grants given to aided colleges. Instead, by allowing a student to leave the course in between, the government will encourage dropping out of higher education. There is already a shortage of manpower due to the government’s failure in filling up vacant posts of teachers.”BUCTU had last month taken part in the three-day protest by All India Teachers Federation against NEP, outside the UGC office in Delhi.Many teachers also pointed out the absence of academic councils and boards of studies in most universities, which are responsible to prepare a new curriculum for the reforms.While such bodies are being set up in many state universities, MU still awaits the election process to start.The universities, however, are confident of implementing the recommendations.Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Shivaji University in Kolhapur, D T Shirke, who is currently holding the additional charge of MU V-C, said: “There is adequate time to introduce the changes. The national curriculam framework too is ready for reference.”Dr R S Mali, former Vice Chancellor of Kaviyatri Bahinabai North Maharashtra University in Jalgaon, said, “The universities are prepared. All have been aware of the impending changes and with a prescribed roadmap, implementing the reforms should not be an issue.”
MUMBAI: The number of students dropping out of civic schools in Mumbai has reduced to a great extent in recent years. In fact, the academic year 2021-22 recorded the lowest number of dropouts in the past 10 years. Compared to more than 40,000 students who dropped out from BMC schools in 2012-13, the numbers have come down to 3,977 in 2021-22. The numbers have come down by over 60% when compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019-20. In that year, 10,517 students had dropped out of BMC schools. BMC officials claimed that the door-to-door campaigns undertaken in the past few years have helped them to improve enrolments and to control the rate of dropouts. Praja Foundation, which collated and analysed the data, claimed the reasons for the fall in the BMC school dropout cases could vary from shutting down of other unrecognised schools to possible anomalies in numbers. For instance, M East ward, which includes Govandi and parts of Chembur, and is notoriously known for having higher dropout numbers over the last nine years, was not among the five worst wards in terms of dropouts in 2021-22. The ward also has the highest enrolment of students, almost close to 38,000. In 2012-13, most dropouts were from Kurla, Sakinaka region, Govandi, parts of Chembur and Malad-Malwani regions. In 2021-22, Matunga, Andheri West and Dadar also figure among the five wards to have higher dropouts, compared to the M East ward. Rajesh Kankal, education officer with the BMC, said that as part of the BMC's Mission Admission campaign, they have brought in several changes in BMC schools. "We even carried out door-to-door campaigns, traced out-of-school children, conducted bridge courses for them," said Kankal, adding that the initiatives helped them to improve the numbers to a great extent, especially in pre-primary level. The BMC managed to enrol 1.02 lakh students this year. Milind Mhaske, CEO of Praja Foundation, said M-East and P-North wards, which include Govandi, parts of Chembur, Malad and Malwani region, also saw closure of some unrecognised schools. "These could have probably forced parents to continue with the BMC schools in the region. But these are our assumptions," said Mhaske. Praja's report on 'Status of Municipal Education in Mumbai' Praja's report also shows that maximum dropouts were reported in Hindi medium schools, followed by Urdu and Marathi medium civic schools.
MUMBAI: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has announced the dates of its 2023 exams for class 10 and 12.The Indian Certificate of School Education (ICSE) or class 10 exams will be held from February 27 to March 29, 2023. The Indian School Certificate (ISC) or class 12 exams will be held from February 13 to March 31, 2023. The time tables are available on www.cisce.org.in. Students will get 15 minutes to read their question papers. Except in exceptional cases, a delay of not more than 30 minutes will be allowed for appearing for the exams. Candidates arriving late for the exams should have a satisfactory explanation for the delay. Exam centres have been advised to adhere to Covid-19 protocols during the exams. The Maharashtra state board was the first to announce the SSC and HSC 2023 theory exam dates in September. SSC exams will be held from March 2 to 25 and HSC exams are slated from February 21 to March 20. The state board is still to announce dates of the oral/practical exams. Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to announce the exams dates of their class 10 and 12 students.