In a First, Education trust gives up 12 of it’s schools over education concerns in England

As per the reports, there is an academy trust in England that has gained the status to be the first one in the entire world to give up all the schools under its name. The trust, established by Sir Ewan Harper who is an architect of academies policy under Tony Blair is named as Education Fellowship Trust. The trust has taken this huge step to ensure financial help for others. In an interview, Lizzie Howe, chief operating officer of The Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT) said that step is caused by “financial constraints facing the education sector and the misalignment of values with the Department for Education”.

The DfE also stated that “agreed to a request from the trust to terminate their funding agreement.” TEFT, which has 6,500 pupils, will now be dissolved. The trust was threatened with having funding scrapped for one of its schools, the Wrenn School in Northamptonshire, by schools commissioner Martin Post in January after Ofsted inspectors rated the school “inadequate”.

The transfer has been stated as aa great move in a letter published on the Wrenn Academy’s website this week. The letter is addressed to the parents of the students and states that “an exciting journey that we will embark on together.” “We guarantee that we will continue to give your child the very best education and opportunities both now and in the future.”

The letter further says that the trust’s only priority now is to “ensure a smooth and timely transfer that minimizes impact on the pupils, staff, parents and local communities at the schools”.

There 12 schools under the Education Fellowship Trust’s are rated differently. While five schools are rated “inadequate”, three are rated “requires improvement” and four of them are rated as “good”.

The schools that have been marked inadequate are Ruskin Junior School and Wrenn School in Wellingborough, Risdene Academy and Rushden Academy near Kettering, and Blackthorn primary academy in Northampton.

The spokesperson of DfE said, “Our priority now is to work with the trust to transfer its schools to new sponsors to drive up standards and ensure all pupils receive an excellent education.”

“We have agreed to a request from the trust” to terminate its funding following ongoing concerns about educational performance at “the majority of its schools.” He added.

Rajasthan Govt In a Fix As 500 Teachers Quit Over It’s One Decision

Apparently, last month The government of Rajasthan made an announcement which bounced back at it. Reportedly, the announcement made by the Government regarding the equal stature of the medical officers and medical teachers provoked the teachers and hence as a result, over 500 teachers of SMS Medical College filed their resignation.

What was the case?

On the 7th march of this year, the Rajasthan Government announced to make the medical officers equivalent to medical teachers. The said news was taken as offensive and 500 teachers at Sawai Maan Singh Medical College have written their resignation. The teachers related to the case showed their concern as the announcement would open the mean of bilateral entry in the field of medical science teaching. They objected to the use of word ‘equivalent’ and said it to be misleading.

As reported by a leading newspaper, the Secretary of RMCTA, Dr. Dhananjai Agarwal told the paper that the medical officers are set to perform non-teaching duties and they are not qualified to teach the students of medical science. He further added that the Government plans to relocated the current teachers of the SMS Medical College to the 8 upcoming colleges and place the medical officers on duty to teach the students.

As per the plans of Vasundhara Raje Government, there are eight medical colleges coming up in Rajasthan in Alwar, Barmer, Bharatpur, Churu, Dungarpur, Bhilwara, Pali, and Sikar. The academic session in these colleges is expected to start from 2017-18. The major concern of Dr. Agarwal was pertaining the affiliation of the college with the Medical Council. He said that if the medical officers are made equivalent to the medical teachers and are set on the job of teaching in the SMS Medical College the Medical council would end up the affiliation.

In a press conference, he said, “If eligibility and experience of these medical officers are made ‘equivalent’ to medical teachers and seen from the perspective of MCI guidelines, then things would become very clear whether this decision is right or not. We have demanded that the government withdraw this order and if it does not then it must accept our resignations from Thursday”,

The signing off by the teachers created a ruckus in the medical college as the college is a government run hospital well where major patients come across the state to get the treatment. The entire scenario made great pressure of the resident doctors. The SMS Medical college has communicated with other colleges of the state and is soon expecting a revert from them.

Why Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement on using Haj Subsidy for Girls Education should be welcomed

A couple of days after the Saudi Arabia increased India’s annual Haj quota from an earlier 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi gave a big statement. He welcomed the movement but demanded the government that the Haj subsidy should be abolished and be allotted for the Muslim girl’s education. A day after it was reported that the Haj quota has been increased, this prominent Muslim leader and chief of AIMIM expressed through a tweet the proper and efficient way of utilization of Haj subsidy that is being sent to pilgrims by the Indian government.

The Reason

The increase in Indian annual Haj quota by Saudi Arabia was a drastic change and is considered to be the biggest expansion in the last 29 years. Just a day after this transformation, Owaisi on behalf of Muslims tweeted that the Haj Subsidy should be used in a proper way.


Asaduddin OwaisiHe appealed to the Indian government to root out this Haj subsidy and allot the money in the favour of Muslim girls for their education.  The announcement was made by our Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in this regard. One of the most enduring ironies of Indian politics is that the Muslim girls are always restricted to education in the Society and this hinders their growth on a huge scale. However, it is not a surprising fact that the Muslims have to bargain for their rights and also in choosing the leaders which can take care of their issues.


Naqvi expressing pleasure on the signing of this agreement stated that the meeting was very fruitful and the problems related to transport, pilgrimage, safety and accommodation facilities will be solved. Also, the relationship with Saudi Arabia will be a strengthening one after this meeting. The services offered to the pilgrims were also taken into consideration which indicates the firm commitment of Saudi Arabia toward the welfare of the pilgrims.

The Impact

Muslims add up to only three percent in administrative services like IAS, IPS, etc. In 2013, a book called ‘Six years after Sachar’ revealed that the conditions of Muslim girls have hardly improved. Owaisi’s statement that the subsidy amount of 690 crores should be allotted and utilized towards educating Muslim girls must be accepted with seriousness. It is very much necessary for the Muslim youth especially the girls be educated properly as it will be beneficial for the country and the society. The scarcity of Girls Hostels and schools and the lack of exposure to Muslim girls has always been a problem and 690 crores is a huge amount. A Haj is obligatory for the Muslim who has been blessed with health and wealth and is capable of accepting the expenditure. Muslim doesn’t need any subsidy for that. Instead, it is necessary to use that money for providing a great future to the Muslim girls. The government who has made a panel of 6 members should welcome and consider the Owaisi statement as it is beneficial for the country itself and can also strengthen the Indian and Muslim community.

Delhi to equip schools with disaster management system

Disaster management system in schools

For the first time ever in a state or Union Territory in India, schools will be equipped with a disaster management system. The Government of Delhi in association with Delhi Disaster Management Authority has started to start the disaster management program in as many as 5,796 private and government schools across the state. This is a very good initiative to make out schools safer and ensure that in the case of any disaster there is no damage to the students.

This initiative will be able to ensure security to as many as 44 lakh students and more than 1.4 lakhs teachers in more than 11 districts of the city. This is a very good initiative and can provide a very good way to keep students safe in the school. There are many different things which will be installed in the schools to make the building safer and disaster ready. The main focus of the government will be to make schools earthquake ready and ensure that there are proper precautions taken to keep students when there is an earthquake.

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced the launch of the program on the lines of the recommendations which were provided by National Disaster Management Authority. The program is one of the many steps which have been very effective in improving the educational standards of the city. There have been any different initiatives made by the government to make Delhi the best place to have an education.

The Government will provide a detailed list of instructions to architects, engineers, and contractors who are building school building to make sure that students are kept safe. There will also be an education provided to the students and teacher as to what should be done when there is any disaster.

There have also been news of Delhi extending its winter break to deal with the cold wave by which the city has been gripped. The Government has directed many schools to extend the winter breaks to protect the students from cold. A safe environment is necessary for the purpose of learning and teaching. There have been some private schools who have opposed this proposal but the government seems to be certain to keep the safety of the students as their first priority. Along with this, there have been many different initiatives taken by the government to improve the education system.

Maharashtra To Sign MoA For Financial Assistance To Sainik School

The government of Maharashtra and Central government have decided to sign and MoA (also known as the Memorandum of Agreement) aiming to provide financial assistance to Sainik school located in Satara district (website:sainiksatara.org).

Sainik school was established in the year 1961. This was the first Sainik school that was established, out of the 25 Sainik schools that were a part of the plan. The main aim behind establishing these schools was to prepare boys for entering the armed forces as officers. The Sainik school society is governed by the ministry of Defence.

On 15th January 2017, Memorandum of Agreement was signed. The MoA was signed by the representatives of the government of Maharashtra and the ministry of Defence.

This step will help the administration of the school in a lot of ways. By signing the agreement, all the major expenses like that of meal allowance of students, scholarship, building maintenance, training grants, staff pension and subsidy, each of these will be taken care by the government.

The school will get Rs. 5 crore from the government of Maharashtra. The money will be given to the government annually. If the agreement works out in favour of both the parties, then it is likely that the fees might be reduced.

Before this agreement was signed, students had to pay a large amount of fee to the school. And, all those kids who belong to Economically Weaker Sections of the society were not able to afford the fees of this school.

As many as 1500 students have joined the Army, Air Force and Navy and rest of the students are part of the government sector.

A lot of parents and alumni of the school are happy with this decision. They have also thanked Chief Minister of State Devendra Fadnavis, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, and Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre.

CBSE UGC NET 2017 admit card will be out on Dec 28

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will issue the admit card for UGC-NET 2017 to candidates from December 28 onward, the board said in a press note last week. The admit cards were to be issued on December 21 initially. The facility to download UGC NET admit card for January 2017 examination will be provided on the website www.cbsenet.nic.in for the registered candidates.

It may be noted that this time the NET examination is being conducted in January 2017 on 22nd, instead of the traditional December month, a direct after-effect of the June 2016 exam being held in July.

The National Eligibility Test (NET) which is held to determine the eligibility of Indian national aspirants for the posts of Assistant Professor in colleges and universities, and for Junior Research Fellowship, will be organised at 90 cities. The test centres will be allocated to candidates on the basis of preferred cities set by them in the application form.

On the day, test will be held in three sessions. Here’s the complete schedule the NET 2017 exam as given on the official website of the board.

Session

Paper

Marks

Number of Questions

Test Duration

First

I

100

60 questions, out of which 50 are to be attempted.

1¼ Hours (09:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.) IST

Second

II

100

50 questions, all are compulsory.

1¼ Hours (11:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.) IST

Third

III

150

75 questions, all are compulsory.

2½ Hours (02:00 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.) IST

The test will be held for a total of 84 subjects with the inclusion of Yoga as a NET subject. Reportedly, around 6-7 lakh candidates appear for the NET which is held twice a year.

The candidates are also required to secure minimum marks as per the set cut-off by the board to be termed as NET qualified. The cut-off marks vary for each paper. Take a look at the image to check the cut-off marks for each paper, and category-wise.

CBSE UGC NET 2017 admit card

After the candidates have secured minimum required marks, a separate merit list is prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of candidates in all 3 papers. The top 15% candidates in each subject and category-wise are announced NET qualified for Assistant Professor posts.

The list of candidates qualifying for JRF is prepared separately and depends on the numbers of candidates who opted for the same and secured the 15% slot or cut-off marks. You can check official notification for digging deep into that.

Once the admit card for UGC NET Jan 2017 exam becomes available, we’ll notify here. Be in touch with EducationPlusCareer.com for the latest news.

 

Why Making Aadhaar Card Compulsory For Exams Is A Good Move

2016 has seen great many changes introduced by the government of India and it’s authorised bodies in the country’s education system, from announcing plans to make world class universities to change the dynamic of learning being facilitated in schools/colleges. While the significantly growing numbers of scams and irregularities may have wronged the overall picture, the continuous efforts of MHRD, state governments and other bodies like UGC, CBSE are commendable.

Earlier in 2016, the centre decided to pass the resolution to replace all state/university level entrance exams with NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses. Many of the states and universities gladly nodded and which didn’t, are considering so. This in itself is a great move which kind of eases pressure on students who will now to focus on one exam in place of many.

But, one of the better decisions came when the examination conducting bodies started making Aadhaar Card mandatory to register for the exams. Few states like Haryana and Gujarat did it first with making Aadhaar mandatory for board exam aspirants and then CBSE also followed the path. If you must know, CBSE this year said that it is mandatory to provide your Aadhaar details while registering for JEE Main 2017 examination for Indian nationals.

And according to new reports, MHRD is working to link Aadhar to more exams i.e., CAT, NEET and NET. It won’t be long before Aadhaar is linked with most of the exams. To say that this move may also make it’s way to college/university enrolments, won’t be a far-fetched comment. Many of the organisations such as RRB and BSNL have also made Aadhaar necessary for candidates to apply for their recruitment processes.

While I’m sure there are countless who think making Aadhaar compulsory is forcing us to adopt the government’s new profound rule, there are some advantages to it. First off, it brings the transparency in the system. There are many candidates who are still in second or third year of their graduation but they register for the exams by increasing their age to meet the eligibility criteria and to also duplicate their category. This has led to a surge in the number of candidates applying/appearing for exams which then results in the sky-high cut-off marks.

If the boards, recruitment companies/organisations have the database of candidates (which sounds pretty creepy though, that govt has full information on you), they can they sort out the eligible aspirants. Just about in 2016, scores of scams involving cheating, wrongdoing have surfaced with one person impersonating as other in the exam. If Aadhaar gets linked, it will effectively pull this malpractice down. Plus, few months back SSC made some changes and started collecting data of students who were applying for exams held by it. This way, if a person’s candidature is legitimate, his/her data is saved at SSC sites and he/she can apply for the exams without submitting the same documents every single time.

There are surely many other benefits and demerits too. But if we have learnt anything, it’s that government bodies lack in timely and proper executive of a plan as can be seen in JEE case. CBSE announced in its notification that Aadhaar is now mandatory and is to be provided by every aspirant who seeks to apply for JEE exams but the board did not notified of the decision which left aspirants high and dry with just days to go. So, frustration of lakhs of people is justified.

Anyway, it would be interesting to see just how the government takes this initiative in the future and how good/bad this turns out.