School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad- The New Indian Express


MUMBAI: As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in Maharashtra, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said schools will not reopen in the state before Diwali.

Maharashtra has till now reported 15,17,434 COVID-19 cases and 40,040 deaths due to the disease.

The Centre on March 16 announced closure of all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It has now allowed graded reopening of schools from October 15.

Gaikwad, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said schools have been conducting virtual classes and teachers have been taking special classes for students in some areas.

However, the challenge is to find a way to end the academic year and assess students, she said.

“While we are exploring various options, it is clear that schools will not open before Diwali,” Gaikwad said.

According to senior officials in the state education department, reopening schools

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PM Modi invites Canadian businesses to invest in education, farming, manufacturing sectors- The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hard sold his government’s latest labour, education and agriculture reforms, saying they will make doing business in India easier as also give farmers the right to choose their market.

With its vibrant democracy, political stability and business-friendly policies, India offers an unparalleled investment destination for foreign investors in the field of agriculture, manufacturing and education, he said in his keynote address to the ‘Invest India 2020’ meeting through video conferencing.

The conference is being organised with a special focus on further strengthening business ties between India and Canada. The forum aims to give Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India and showcase the country as an investment destination.

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The prime minister said that India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the

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What ails higher education in India?- The New Indian Express

In a seminar on education technology, in a lighter vein I told the audience: “If I say I have leaked out papers of the Class 12 exam, people will be ready to pay me hefty charges. If I say I have the BA Economics final year exam paper from your university, nobody will be willing to pay me even the photocopying charges.” This is the value of graduate education in India. Peter Drucker once said that even for the most successful Fortune 500 companies, the strategies that work for them then will not work in the next decade. Governments pursue with diligence decades-old policies that are not even successful ones. Poorly designed policy that is efficiently implemented does further damage by creating rent-seeking stakeholders. Invariably, they take refuge under arguments that cite the rural poor. 

All-round failure: 

The most successful impact of the liberalised education policy has been the promotion

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Express POLL: Should the Government encourage students towards university or to jobs? VOTE | UK | News

School children are often pushed into attending higher education courses rather than the alternative of learning a trade despite the spiralling debts they will incur after leaving. Teenagers with the grades to get into university will often be given the option of a traditional academic route – A-levels followed by a degree – rather than other routes into careers such as apprenticeships.

But should the government stop trying to push young people towards university and instead focus more on training them for the jobs market?

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to consider giving young people an “apprenticeship guarantee”.

Attitudes to university in comparison to apprenticeships was laid bare in a 2019 poll, which revealed students feel pressured to go down the route of university.

The poll of 1,500 recent school leavers found two-thirds were urged to go to university by teachers, while six out of 10 said

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Lewiston-Altura staff express concerns about learning model

Superintendent Gwen Carman says the district has to look at more specific numbers than those provided for Winona County at large. But other issues have been raised, such as whether the district communicates enough with area families about positive cases and whether the district is being fully transparent about its process.

Minnesota Department of Education guidelines regarding how schools should operate during the pandemic are based on the number of new infections per 10,000 people over a 14-day period.

School districts can have in-person learning for all students if the county’s infection rate is 0-9. The guidance gets more restrictive as the infection rate increases. If the infection rate is 50 or more, the guidelines suggest all students should be using distance learning.

The first day of school for Lewiston-Altura was Sept. 8. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Winona County had an infection rate of 77.49 during the

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TRS working president KTR lauds role of Christians in health, education- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: TRS working president and IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday suggested to Social Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar to constitute a Christian Advisory Committee in the State. Participating in a meeting with Christian elders here on Friday, Rama Rao lauded the role of Christians in the development of the country and the State. “I too was born in a Missionary hospital. I have studied in Missionary schools,” Rama Rao said. He added that no one could deny the role Missionaries had played in education and health sectors.

“Missionary hospitals are playing a key role even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the IT Minister said.
Rama Rao emphasised that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was a secularist. “KCR proudly announces that he was born a Hindu. At the same time, KCR always treats all other religions equally,” Rama Rao said. He said that the State government was

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