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Monthly Newsletter | August 2020 | Volume 16

Dear Readers,


I am glad to present before you the August edition of the School 360 Newsletter. 


The Covid-19 situation has dominated all the sectors without exceptions and education sector is one of the most affected ones. A majority of states in the country have seen an ease in the lockdown but schools remain closed for the consecutive fifth month and they remain closed for good reason. As the new academic session starts, we have included stories which highlight the struggles of the private schools and the ways they are coping with it. 


The articles in this edition pertain to the restriction of fee collection on schools in the state of Gujarat and their response, the Punjab and Haryana HC order concerning fee collection, Google’s partnership with CBSE in training of teachers, The NCPCR report on conditions in schools, struggles of Delhi private schools concerning fee collection and HRD ministry’s guidelines on online classes. 


I hope you find this edition informative and I appeal to you to share with us your insights.


Stay Safe, Stay Healthy. 

Data from 170 private schools in Delhi gives a glimpse of the fee backlog

A survey conducted by a body of private schools has revealed that the schools have not received school fees from 9 out of 10 students. This is pointed out by a survey of 170 private schools in Delhi 53% of which have shown the backlog in fee collection.  


 Action Aided Committee of Private Recognized and Unaided Schools reported that 82 out of 170 schools within the fee range of Rs. 1,100 to Rs. 5,500 have only received 5-10% of the fee in the month of April. In May the number of schools receiving a dwindled collection reached 108 out of 170.


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NCPCR report shows that 22% of the schools across 12 states run in dilapidated buildings

In a report on ‘Safe and Secure School Environment’ the child rights body National Council for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) state that about 22 per cent of school building of oper...

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In the No Fee order aftermath, Private Schools in Gujarat suspend online classes

It is reported that the private schools in Gujarat have decided to suspend online classes indefinitely in the wake of the order by the government that directed them to not collect fee until they physically reopen.


The notification was issued by the government in mid-July directing unaided schools to not charge tuition fees while they are observing the lockdown. Furthermore, the schools were directed not to increase the annual fee in the 2020-21 academic year.


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HC Extends the order passed for the schools in Punjab regarding fee collection to Haryana Schools

The order originally issued for the Punjab schools enabling them to collect admission and tuition fee irrespective of whether they are conducting online classes or not have been extended to the schools in Haryana.  


The Punjab and Haryana High Court decided on the petition filed by 87 private schools of Haryana, and extended the order for Punjab schools to the s...

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HRD Ministry Issues Guidelines for Online Classes, Decides on the Cap on Duration

On July 14 the HRD Ministry issued guidelines for the online classes and also set a cap on the duration of such classes. The schools that are conducting online classes will be notified about the guidelines and are expected to adhere to them.


The guidelines were issued by the ministry in view o...

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Google to Partner with CBSE and Train 1 Million Teachers Under ‘Blended Learning’ initiative

At the Google for India virtual event, Google has announced its partnership with the CBSE in an initiative ‘Blended Learning’ under which around 1 million teachers in 22000 schools across India will be trained in online and classroom teaching.


Google has stated ...

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Editorial - August 2020

Data from 170 private schools in Delhi gives a glimpse of the fee backlog

NCPCR report shows that 22% of the schools across 12 states run in dilapidated buildings

In the No Fee order aftermath, Private Schools in Gujarat suspend online classes

HC Extends the order passed for the schools in Punjab regarding fee collection to Haryana Schools

HRD Ministry Issues Guidelines for Online Classes, Decides on the Cap on Duration

Google to Partner with CBSE and Train 1 Million Teachers Under ‘Blended Learning’ initiative

Delhi Govt. 'Education Mentoring Programme' for Effective Initiation of Girls in STEM Education and Careers

PPP model for Opening New Sainik Schools Set Afloat

Assam’s Initiatives for Incentivizing Girl’s Education are Unique and Innovative

Institutionalization of Virtual Model of Education May Be on the Cards in Delhi

State’s Education Expenditure Per-Student has Risen in Delhi

Findings on the adoption of Online Education in Government Schools in India

New assessment framework for middle and secondary classes launched by CBSE

UN Report Indicates Poor learning Outcomes of Children In school

Private Schools organize Protest over Fee Cut Directive in Bangalore

Union Education Minister Chairs IIT Council Meeting, implementation of NEP remains discussed

CBSE: Two levels of English and Sanskrit from 2021-22 session, Improvement exams under NEP 2020 Implementation

2 Million Jharkhand Students of classes 1 to 7 may get promoted without examination this Academic Year

Civil Society Organization Protests the Omissions of New religions from Textbooks

CBSE affiliation procedure to be restructured towards total digitalization

Delhi High Court Fines SDMC as the organization fails to requisition special educators in its schools

Karnataka May See Schools Reopen for Classes 6 to 12 by January End

Educations and Health Expert become votaries for reopening of classes for Primary students in Karnataka

COVID-19 likely to have a bearing on the education budget thereby on NEP

State Directive for Schools for 30% Fee Reduction in Karnataka for the academic year 2020-21

Unaided private schools fear closure as a consequence of fee cutbacks and students moving to government schools

Economically Weaker Section students are among the hardest hit in the course of the pandemic

The enrollment in US Public School Dwindles in the Wake of the Pandemic

CBSE Board Exams not to start until February end

Delhi may scrap nursery admissions for 2021-22, schools unlikely to open before July

Come 2021, Schools set to reopen for class 10 and 12 in Karnataka

A Student Poll on CBSE 2021 Board Exams shows majority inclination towards deferment, some favour cancellation

Delhi Directorate of Education Website will have approvals for fee hike uploaded

Government schools in Srinagar to get ‘smart’

Merger of low-strength Schools in Odisha planned

Andhra Pradesh Association of Private Schools appeal for governmental assistance for budget private schools

CBSE Schools Gearing their class 12th Students up for Changed Exam Pattern

Centre’s portal DIKSHA: Gujarat is first in ‘direct plays’ on online learning

India ranks 6th most positive about teachers in the 35-country survey

Reopening of school—Uttarakhand issues SOP for schools ahead of expected reopening

Digital Divide Highlighted by the ASER 2020

COVID Aftermath--There may be a further reduction of CBSE and ICSE board syllabi

Reopening of schools—KV and Navodayas propose reopening in November

5 reasons why you should start using Vidura Digi today

With Unlock 4 underway, and Center’s issuance SOP for Schools’ reopening, states remain undecided

Tamil Nadu will not Employ Shift- Model for Schools that Reopen: Education Minister

Model Project for the Benefit of SC and ST Students Launched In Kerala

NEP 2020: 10 Nations Show Interest in Adopting India’s NEP into their Education Systems

NCPCR Launches Tele Counselling Service for Children to Help them Cope with Covid-19

National Education Policy 2020 | Introduction of the New Curriculum and Assessment Modalities to take effect from 2021-22

Dry Food Items for Children Till Schools Reopen

Plea Against Salary Cuts of Private School Teachers Moved in Delhi High Court

BYJU to Organize the Biggest Ever Virtual School Quiz Competition

CBSE Survey Findings Suggest Principals are in Favor of Staggered Reopening of Schools for Senior School Students

NIOS Advised to Increase Transparency and Reform Exam by Education Minister

NEP 2020 Implementation—Ministry Of Education Invites Suggestions from Teachers and Principals

HC Extends the order passed for the schools in Punjab regarding fee collection to Haryana Schools

HRD Ministry Issues Guidelines for Online Classes, Decides on the Cap on Duration

Google to Partner with CBSE and Train 1 Million Teachers Under 'Blended Learning’ initiative

In the No Fee order aftermath, Private Schools in Gujarat suspend online classes

NCPCR report shows that 22% of the schools across 12 states run in dilapidated buildings

Data from 170 private schools in Delhi gives a glimpse of the fee backlog

Learning outcome-centered MHRD’s Road Map for the new academic session 2020-21 released for NCERT

CISCE asked to clarify its position on holding remaining exams by Bombay HC

Parents in Bangalore to set off an avalanche on twitter with 40,000 pro-online classes tweets

Delhi Schools not to open until after July, Virtual Classes shall continue, micro-plans for reopening in the offing

Mumbai sees protests against school fee hike, ban on online classes

To Take, or not to Take the pending exams – the dilemma before class 10 and 12 CISCE students, Bombay HC also intervenes

Schools to reopen Zone-wise for classes 8 to12, green zones to take the lead, others would gradually follow

Maharashtra might see phased reopening of schools from mid-June

Enter COVID-19, foreign Universities offer IELTS relaxation and fee-waivers and much more to attract Indian students

Introduction of Vocational Courses for classes 9 and 11 on the cards in Himachal Pradesh

Art-integrated curriculum, a new addition to CBSE curriculum with projects on ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’

CBSE issued a circular clarifying its position regarding the board exams for 10 and 12 classes

Overseas CBSE students granted exemption from class 10 and 12 exams

States must look into the matters of School fee and teachers’ salaries—CBSE Advises

NCERT takes up revision of Activities Calendar for classes 1-8 amid lockdown

In View of School Closure, CBSE affiliation May be extended by 1 year

CBSE plans syllabus rationalization for class 9-12 after taking stock of the disruption caused by COVID-19 lockdown

UNICEF scales up support in 145 countries to marginalize disruption of education amid COVID-19

Free Digital Learning App for Class 9, 10 Students launched by Haryana

'Corona Studies Series' to be launched by the National Book Trust

CBSE still mulling over the matter of promotion of students

CBSE, NCERT, NTA to design new academic calendars under HRD ministry directions in the wake of Covid-19 lockdown

Extension of deadline for application of affiliation of schools announced by CBSE

Maharashtra Assembly passes bill making Marathi a compulsory subject in the state

Legal suit filed against Google for amassing students data in US

Hi-Tech IT Labs for English language instruction in Kerela Schools

Patna High Court stays the termination of the non-permanent teachers, decries the education system of Bihar

Saturday is now a No Bag Day in Government Schools in Rajasthan

CBSE allows the use of calculators for children with special needs in class 10 and 12 exams

5 changes that the education system of the day demands

Education Scenario and less-talked about national and international interventions

The great reading bonanza with over 2 million participant children unfolds with ‘One Nation Reading Together'(ONRT) Event

Wards of the Armed Forces Personnel given more relaxations by the CBSE

Recitation of the preamble to the constitution is now a Saturday activity for the students in schools in M.P. and Maharashtra

State child right panel in Punjab issue notice in response to introduction of English medium in smart schools

5 education trends to watch in 2020

School Education Quality Index of Niti Aayog puts Delhi in third place among UTs

A look at important developments in school education in the decade

CBSE Appeals Schools to Become 'Anger-free Zones' for Children to get inspired

Evaluating the progress made in the decade in the arena of teacher-development

PM announces the Launch of Fit India Grading System for Schools

Handbooks for teachers and students released by CBSE

CBSE Fee Hike announced to meet the 200 cr. CBSE board examination budget deficit

Failing two qualification exams would mean retirement for M.P. school teachers

Karnataka Government announces a month-long drive to check unaffiliated schools in the state

UNICEF foresees and warns of skill deficit in half of Indian students for 21st century jobs

President Says New Education Policy will Establish India as Knowledge Superpower

CBSE Completes 90 years, HRD to release coffee table book Chronicling them

Delhi Govt. Directs Suspension of Outdoor Activities in Schools in the Wake of the Pollution Crisis

Manuals Released for the Improvement of CBSE Schools

AI in CBSE Schools to be Integrated with Multiple Subjects Across all Classes

An Aptitude Test ,'Tamanna' Developed by NCERT and CBSE for school students

Tripura becomes the first state to introduce centralized question papers for schools

Digitizing Tabulation in Tamil Nadu to Do away With the Tedium of Teachers

Hyderabad schools to use organic products under 'Swachh Vidyalaya' initiative

Pilot for modernization of government schools in Srinagar launched

Delhi HC grants interim relief to EWS school students facing expulsion

CBSE expresses reservations on the draft NEP’s recommendation for 24 subject multiple board exam

CBSE directs schools to ensure error-free student registration in class 9 and 11

Schools cannot have coaching classes run in their premises, says CBSE directive

CBSE to tightly regulate change of subjects in class 10 and 12

Web Portal with Professors Database Launched

Survey Highlights lapses in Security Standards in Bangalore Schools

CBSE Set to Change Question paper Pattern from 2020 Board Exams

System for Teacher Assessment set up in Odisha

Omission of Early Childhood education in NEP draft draws criticism

CBSE to regulate class 9, 11 admissions of its affiliated schools

Low attendance cases not to go unreported, CBSE seeks regular update from schools

Delhi schools’ happiness classes are busters of stress

interviews for TGT aspirants in government-aided schools scrapped

India produces teachers in surplus but substandard ones abound

21 KV buildings are judged as unsafe to be housing schools, in an audit

CBSE Practical’s will not be held in the Home-centers from year 2020

Kerala Government Appeals for the Case of School Unification

NEP declares XI and XII to be integral to Schools and not “Junior Colleges”

Question of Vacant RTE seats and Loss of School’s Revenue—case of Maharashtra

Amid Protests, clause of compulsory Hindi dropped from NEP

National Independent School Alliance questions the exclusion of the mention of Direct Benefit Transfer in the NEP draft

NCERT Led Review of NCF 2005 on the Cards

Telengana—Discrepancy in the board examination results leads to student suicides

In a first, NCTE launces Teacher Training Programme with +2 minimum Qualification

Indian Army takes initiative in the interest of education of the children of the state of J&K

Reopening of 4,000 schools likely in Rajasthan

Schools cannot force non-NCERT, non-SCERT books on students in the name of “value addition”

CBSE circular that demanded students and staff information challenged in High Court

How Experts Reacted to the Congress' Election Promise to Bring School Education under State List?

Madras HC Grants Permission to Matriculation Schools to Conduct Special Classes in Summer

Trends that will shape the Primary Education landscape of India

School education’s biggest challenge is Teacher's Crisis In India

The HRD Ministry reports 7% Of Classrooms in Indian Schools as Critically Dilapidated

CBSE tables proposal for integrating arts into the school curriculum

A collaboration between Google India and NCERT to develop 'Digital Citizenship and Safety' course for schools announced