Private higher education institutions exempted from running exams in states under conditional MCO, says ministry

PETALING JAYA: Private higher education institutions have been exempted by the Higher Education Ministry to run exams during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The exemptions are for exams conducted by external examination providers or international exams during the conditional MCO period, according to the schedule that has been set, the ministry said.

“This decision involves a total of 3,031 local students and 195 international students in four states that’s under the conditional MCO.

“Students must get a letter of confirmation from their respective institutions,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14).

Exams under three categories are involved in the exemption.

The first group are students undertaking the A-Levels, Australian Matriculation, Canadian pre-university and the like.

The second are students who have registered to sit for the exam with external exam providers or for international exams, and lastly, students who have registered to sit for the Association

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Don’t join protests, Education Ministry says – National

The Education and Culture Ministry’s Higher Education directorate general issued a circular on Friday calling on university students not to take part in protests related to the controversial Job Creation Law and asking university leaders to promote the newly passed law.

“Considering the latest situation regarding the issuance of the Job Creation Law, we appeal to university students not to take part in any protest that could endanger the students’ health and safety during the pandemic,” the letter, signed by Higher Education director general Nizam, read.

The letter also asked university leaders to help promote the content of the jobs law and encourage academic studies of the law.

“Thoughts and aspirations from campuses should be conveyed to the government and the House in a polite manner,” the letter continued.

Read also: Problems in jobs law not only about labor sector: What we know so far

It also instructed lecturers not

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Ministry rejects scathing report claiming to expose ‘rot at the core of schooling in NZ’



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Briar Lipson on The AM Show.

The Ministry of Education is brushing off a new report which claims to have uncovered a “rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand”. 

The New Zealand Initiative says Kiwi kids’ declining success in literacy and maths is down to a focus on the “flawed philosophy” of “child-centred learning”.

“We used to be the envy of the world,” report author Briar Lipson told The AM Show on Wednesday.

“Just 20 years ago we were third in the whole world for reading and maths for 15-year-olds, and since then we’ve done nothing but decline. In reading we’re now sixth, and 19th for maths.” 

At the same time as NCEA pass rates have climbed, our students have dropped in the international rankings. 

“We follow what’s called child-centred learning – that sounds like a

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Ministry of Education rejects scathing New Zealand Initiative schooling report

Lipson, who has frequently written and talked about perceived flaws in the NCEA qualification system introduced in the early 2000s, said children have too much freedom in class in how they learn.

The report “exposes how parts of the research community confuse evidence with values. It uncovers how curriculum and assessment policy rest on a flawed philosophy,” she says. 

“Though we want [students] to be independent ultimately, the route to independence is not to practise being independent. The route to creativity and independence is to do things like learning your times tables, construct a sentence, grammar, do your spellings. We’ve just got the balance wrong.” 

The New Zealand Initiative wants “mandatory standardised national assessments” and charter schools brought back, the curriculum to focus on “disciplinary knowledge, not competencies”, and funding for “quantitative and generalisable research that rigorously tests properly formulated hypotheses about what might raise attainment”.

The Ministry of Education

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Unlock 5.0: Education Ministry Issues Guidelines For Reopening of Schools, Colleges



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New Delhi: The Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines for reopening of schools during the Unlock 5 phase. As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can also open outside containment zones after October 15. However, the decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with the states/UTs. For schools/coaching centres Students can come to school but they will need a written consent of their parents or guardians. Online learning will still be encouraged in case students decide not to come to schools. States and Union Territories will need to prepare their SOPs in line with the Centre’s Unlock 5 guidelines, and in accordance with the ground situation in their respective units.
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Unlock 5.0 school reopening guidelines issued by Education Ministry: Check here



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Unlock 5.0 school reopening guidelines issued by Education Ministry: Check here

The Education Ministry has tweeted the school reopening guidelines for Unlock 5.0. As per the directives for lifting the Covid-19 lockdown, schools, colleges and education intuitions in India can choose to reopen after October 15 only in non-containment zones. The exact dates will be subject to what the state governments decide.

For schools and coaching centres, governments of the individual states or union territories will tale the decision after consulting with the managements of the schools or institutions.

The Department of Higher Education will decide on the timing of the opening of colleges and other higher education institutions in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Most parents are unwilling to send their kids to school till the Covid-19 danger is completely over. States like Uttar Pradesh have already issued the state-wise school reopening guidleines.

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Online learning laptops still not provided by Education Ministry

As the coronavirus crisis continues to plague Israel, the necessary adjustments to schooling have yet to be made, with 150,000 laptops still unavailable to students six months after the beginning of the crisis.Head of the Child Rights Committee, MK Yousef Jabareen, demanded to know when the laptops are expected to arrive.  The amount of laptops was determined based on an OECD survey which showed that about nine percent of Israeli students have no means of partaking in online learning. This idea brought about criticism against the Education Ministry byJabareen, who claimed that by a survey made by both Central Bureau of Statistics and the Head Economist of the Finance Ministry showed that nearly double the number of laptops was needed, and asked why the Education Ministry did not conduct its own survey to determine how many laptops are needed for the students of Israel. “It’s a parameter that is difficult
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