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A unique example of empowering the children of the poorest of the poor through education and skills

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Teacher Sangeeta rendering free education and skill training to the children of the poorest of the poor
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In this materialistic world when nobody has time for anybody, there is one selfless teacher, wedded to the cause of upgrading the socio educational standards of extremely poor, hapless n deprived children who are either parentless, have no source of income, constrained to beg in the society for survival or penniless.

Such outstanding human beings with generosity, compassion and will to do something incredible for these worst lots of the society in the eyes of people are seldom seen or found.

But yes we have one extraordinary example in Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand, a teacher by profession namely Sangeeta Faraasi.

This outstanding woman with exceptional commitment n dedication goes in the MALEEN BASTIES, the localities at the lowest ebb n enthuses children of the poorest of poor classes to learn reading n writing so as to become a credible citizen of the country tomorrow and stand at par with the educated, rich n affluents by the dint of their hard work, maximum education and knowledge.

Can anybody believe that teacher Sangeeta Faraasi with limited resources based in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal has so far helped freed 10 students of the beggers families and get them addmitted in local schools.

She educates these poorest of the poor children for two hours every evening free of costs voluntarily.

She had also organised a summer camp for the children of these marginalised and economic deprived classes in which she imparts them educative training in vocational skills as well.

In the summer camp she teaches the children and tiny tots about craft, drawing, singing, nukkad naataks and paintings to generate interest in them towards extra co currical activities and also entice them towards reading n writing.

This small summer camp will continue for a week from 31st June to 6th june and good number of poor children are being brought here for training in skills n other curricular activities. Besides these camps Mrs Sangeeta Farasi also gives free tutions to the poor student for every two hours daily and is a regular feature. We salute her noble endeavour and hope that other teachers will also follow suit.

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Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.



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CBSE Class 10th board exams 2020 to have fewer questions?

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is most likely to change the exam pattern for 10th board exams. The board is likely to decrease the number of objective questions asked in CBSE class 10 board exams. The questions will be replaced by more detailed answers to ensure creative writing and discourage rote learning.

“The changes will be part of the routine review exercise ahead of exams. Once the changes are finalised, sample papers will also be released so students get an idea and also get to practice the same before exams,” a senior CBSE official said.

Board experts are considering if they can decrease the number of questions and increase the marks for each question and encourage students to write elaborative answers.
It would not be an overhaul of the entire question paper but minor changes and students have nothing to worry about,” the official added. The board is also thinking about methods to diversify the current format of objective questions carrying one mark each.
In another major development, the board is conducting two-level exams for class 10 mathematics and English papers from 2020 onwards. Reportedly, a total of 20 marks will be assigned for school-based assessment in each of the exams.

Mathematics and English exams for CBSE class 10 will be conducted in two-levels. Those who clear the internal exam will be eligible for the theory exam.

In mathematics 10th board exam 2020, students will also have an option to select the difficulty level of their mathematics exam. Those who choose the easier version, however, could not take mathematics as a major subject in higher studies. According to a CBSE’s official circular released in 2018, the current mathematics subject will be called mathematics-standard and the easier level will be called mathematics-basic. The same will also be introduced from 2020 onwards.

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Matriculation results: ‘Arbitrary’ internal assessment marks worry parents

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Beyond imagination high” scores and “arbitrary” marks given to students at the time of internal assessments are among issues raised by parents since the class X results were announced. In class X, the year-end board exam accounts for a maximum of 80 marks and a 20-mark component is based on internal assessments per subject.
Parent’s posts on social media and meetings with school principals have crossed the same anxiety. “This apprehension has become more pronounced this year. Only today, a parent come out to the admissions coordinator and said that students from some other schools were awarded full marks in internal assessment. Considering the process of internal assessment, the possibility of this is quite low,” said Jyoti Arora, principal, Mt Abu School, Rohini.
Vipul Aggarwal, an IPS officer , wrote to CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal, wondering why his daughter, in spite of getting high marks in the exam, had got poor marks in internal assessment. Then, having spoken to Karwal, he tweeted that he was pleased with the internal assessment process
Several school principals also said that more and more parents are coming out to them, surprising how their children missed out on the best possible percentage owing to the strict marking pattern
Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, however, added that most schools are transparent in their assessment.
“The marks that we award to children show what they deserve. Some parents display a trust deficit. By the time the children get to class X, they have usually been in the same school for 12 years. In such a situation, the lack of trust from parents is something we can’t do anything about. We look at the marks children are getting these days and many of them are highly improbable,” she said.
CBSE officials mentioned parents raise these issues many times. “We do not make a data set of school-wise internal assessment, though the data is sent to us. These issues have been raised but for internal assessment, schools have to be given autonomy,” said an official. we

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PSEB Class 10th results: 85.86% pass — a 26% increase & highest in 3 years

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THE 10th board results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) were announced with the pass percentage rising to 85.86%— shooting up by a whopping 26% higher in comparison to last year the highest in three years.
In 2018, the pass percentage was 59.47% and 57.5% in 2017. In 2018& 2017, the PSEB claimed that grace marks were not given to students.
Girls again surpassed the boys this year as the first two top positions were caught by female students. This year, schools in rural areas performed with a pass percentage of 86.7% and schools in urban areas was 83.38%
In 2018, the pass percentage of students in rural area schools was 61.22% and those of urban schools was 63.85%.
PSEB Chairman Manohar Kant Kalohia said a total of 3,17,387 students appeared in the examinations held in March. As many as 2,71,554 students passed.
Kalohia added that 10,199 students failed while 35,615 students have re-appeared, and results of 19 students were withheld.
He mentioned that this year, the pass percentage of girls was 90.63% while that of boys was 81.30%. In 2018, the pass percentage of boys was 52.31% and that of girls was 69.13%.
Kalohia attributed the hike to “justifiable” marking. He said that this year, the examiners had been told to ask questions which were in ‘books’ and the syllabus the students had studied.
“There should not be a trend of asking questions which students did not know. This time schools a put lot of thrust on studies due to which the pass percentage increased,” he said.

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Class XII CBSE Results: Delhi Govt. Schools Witness Best-ever Pass Percentage

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Delhi government schools registered their best-ever performance in CBSE Class XII examinations, with a pass percentage of 94.29% and with over 200 schools with a 100% pass percentage.
This comes after Delhi government schools had crossed the 90% pass percentage mark in Class XII boards for the first time last year. The number of government schools with 100% pass percentage has increased in the last two years. In 2017, the number of such schools was 112 and this increased to 168 in 2018. This year, their number rised to 203
The number of schools with more than 90% pass percentage has also reached up to 732 this year, from 638 in 2018 and 554 in 2017.
A total of 1,29,917 students from Delhi government schools had appeared for the Class XII CBSE examinations this year. They form a majority of the 2,39,864 candidates from Delhi who appeared in these examinations.
Following a trend which has been in place since 2015, government schools witnessed a higher pass percentage than the city’s private schools. With the private schools registering a pass percentage of 90.68%, the two groups of schools have a 3.61 percentage point difference in pass percentages. However, the city’s private schools also gave an increased pass percentage from last year’s 88.35%.
Like in all other regions, girls registered a higher pass percentage with a margin of 6.54 percentage points — Delhi girls had a pass percentage of 95.17% while boys had 88.63%.
Similarly, in government schools too, girls were ahead with 96.3%. However, boys registered an increase in pass percentage to 91.48% from last year’s 85.98%.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter after the results: “Congratulations students, teachers, parents and team education of Delhi government for beating your own record of last year’s class XII CBSE exam.

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ICSE, ISC results on May 7

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The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi (CISCE) will announce the results of Class 10 & 12 examination on May 7, 2019. The students who had taken the examination can see the results through the official websites- cisce.org.
The results will be available via CAREERS portal, the website of the council and through SMSes. The candidates can get the results via SMS also. They have to type ICSE or ISC followed by their 7-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883
The ICSE Class 10 examinations was held from February 22, while the ISC Class 12 examinations conducted from February 4
From 2019 , the students who are not able to pass the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) will get a second chance to clear the examination. Gerry Arathoon, CISCE secretary,said in a press release compartmental exams will be held for ISC candidates having failed in the fourth subject and ICSE candidates in the fifth subject, in the same year, soon after publication of the respective board results
In 2018, 73,633 students appear for ISC exam out of which 39,703 were boys and 33,930 were girls. In class 12 (ISC) exam, total 73, 633 students appeared.

A total of 96.47% students passed the Class 12 examinations, while 98.53% students cracked class 10. Kolkata’s Ananya Maity has come out as Class 12 all India topper with 99.5%. Muskan Abdulla Pathan (Pune) and Ashwin Rao (Bengaluru) have jointly topped the class 10 exams with 99.4% each

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CBSE 10th, 12th results 2019 date: Board to declare result by May third week

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The Central Board of Secondary Education will declare the results of class 10, 12 examinations in the third week of May. Reportedly, controller of examination Sanyam Bharadwaj said, “The results will surely come in the third week of May, but the board has not decided the date yet.”
“The evaluation process of the Class 12 examination has almost been completed, and we are expecting that the evaluation of the Class 10 papers will be completed within the first week of May,” he further added.

On being asked whether Google and Microsoft are hosting this year’s result, the official Reportedly said, “It will be decided within the second week of May.”
Repeating the same, earlier CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi Reportedly said, “The Class 10, 12 results are likely to be announced between May 13 to 17, 2019. The Class 12 results will be declared first, after which the CBSE will declare the Class 10 results after 2-3 days”.
Meanwhile, CBSE chairman Anita Karwal Reportedly declined the confirmation of the result date saying, “These are all nothing and I requested all the media houses to stop speculating the result date”
“All the officials have been strictly guided not to talk with the media, the process of evaluation is going on, and it is too early to announce the date of 10th, 12th results,” said CBSE chairman.

“The date of the announcement of result will be told to the media house, just a day before the declaration of results. As per now, the third week of May (May 12 to 17) is the possible date for declaration of results, but it may change,” said Anita Karwal.
The students can see the results on the official websites — cbse.nic.in and cbseresults.nic.in, once announced.

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Karnataka SSLC Result 2019 To Release In May

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Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) will release the result for Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination or class 10th board examination in the first week of May.

Though the board has not given a specific date for the Karnataka SSLC result announcement, based on the last year’s schedule, it is likely that the result will be released by the first week of May 2019.

KSEEB 10th result 2019 will be released on the official results portal for examinations conducted in Karnataka (www.karresults.nic.in). The result link may also be available via the official website of KSEEB.

Other than the official websites, students will also be available to check their results through several private results hosting websites. But as with every result being released online, the result available on any of these websites is provisional in nature and should be confirmed with the mark sheet issued by the board.

In 2018, more than 8 lakh students had appeared in the Karnataka SSLC examination and the pass percentage was 71.93%

Normally, the result for SSLC is better than the result for PUC (12th) in Karnataka. In 2018, when only 59.96% of students had passed in the 2nd year PUC in Karnataka, more than 70% passed in SSLC or class 10th.

This year the pass percentage in second PUC in Karnataka was 61.73%, so the students may expect a rise, an even if marginal, in the pass percentage for Karnataka SSLC result too.

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CBSE to introduce artificial intelligence, early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects

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The CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in school curriculum from the upcoming academic session, an official said.

A decision to introduce the three subjects was taken at a recent meeting of the board’s governing body, he said.

“The CBSE is introducing artificial intelligence as an optional 6th subject at Class IX from the session 2019-2020 onwards. To enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitise the new generation, it was decided that schools may start AI “inspire module” of 12 hours at Class VIII itself,” the senior board official said.

He said the board has also decided to introduce yoga and early childhood education as elective subjects at senior secondary level. “The decision was taken considering the demand of schools supplemented by various reports that projected the huge requirement of yoga professionals and early childhood educators,” the official said.

As per norms, a skill subject, at the secondary level, may be offered as additional sixth subject along with the existing five compulsory subjects. And if a student fails in any one of the three elective subjects (science, mathematics and social science), then it will be replaced by the skill subject (offered as a 6th subject) and result of Class X will be computed based on best five subjects.

However, if a student desires to reappear in the failed subject, he or she may appear along with the compartment examination. Similarly, at senior secondary level, the board has advised schools to offer at least one or more skill-based subject as elective subject out of the 42 subjects.

“The board will provide necessary support and guidance towards training and capacity building of teachers and other aspects for the successful implementation of skill subjects from time to time,” the official added.

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IITs, varsities to mentor schools: HRD minister Prakash Javadekar

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Calling for a need to create curiosity among primary school children to lead towards innovation, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that the teaching pedagogy of primary teachers needs to be changed. While acknowledging the fact that there are some teachers, driven by their passion, have introduced innovative methods of teaching math and science, Javadekar said, “To innovate, there is a need to develop curiosity among primary school children. Once a child lags behind in math and science, the gap increases. Hence it becomes important to focus on how to teach these subjects, using interactive ways. And for the same, big equipment is not needed, only big ideas are needed. Some teachers find out innovative ways to teach, we need to bring them together to share their practices.”

We have also decided to seek help from IIT’s, ISER or top universities to mentor 10-15 nearby schools and train the teachers in innovative ways of teaching these subjects. At the roundtable, we had experts from all over to discuss on the same”, he said while attending a seminar on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as part of the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

Apart from the seminar held at Science City, two unique exhibitions on futuristic technology and space are also held.

Terming STEM carrying immense importance in the coming years, Javadekar said, “Any country’s success depends on innovation and new discoveries. We have also decided to incubate start-ups from hostel rooms. We have already built 2000 Atal Tinkering Labs and caters to class 6 to class 12 children where they use robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing to bring solutions.”

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The exhibition has been produced by American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with MadaTech: The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, & Space, Haifa, Israel. The exhibition is divided into amazing sections, including Solar System Theatre, Returning to the Moon, Exploring Asteroids, Voyaging to Mars, Reaching the Outer Solar System and Beyond Our Solar System.

Interestingly, the event will also have a display of new age and future technologies like Microsoft Halo lens, IBM Watson, Google Li-fi, Amazon Alexa, lifesaving U-Safe that can drive itself around in the water by remote control to save any life, Smart Home Automation, Mixed Reality/Augmented Reality, Inventor Robotics– Mitra, Holographic Technology, Companion robot, indigenous space suit and supercomputers and so on. Multiple firms like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Corning etc., with advanced technology in terms of AI, IOT, robotics and drones to mentor the students as well as faculty with world-class technological advancement. There will be around 55 different companies presenting their products including national and international.

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CBSE to introduce two levels of Maths exam for class 10 students in 2020

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for Class 10 students in 2020 to cater to different kinds of learners.

The nomenclature for the two examinations will be Mathematics – Standard, for the existing level of examination, and Mathematics – Basic, for the easier level, according to a circular issued by the CBSE.

The present level and curriculum of the subject would continue to remain the same, it said.

As per the National Curriculum Framework, not only would the two levels of examination cater to different kinds of learners and allow different levels of testing, it would also reduce overall student stress levels, the circular said.

“It is well known that students experience the greatest stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject exam,” it said.

“Keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the board results, the board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards,” it said.

The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels would remain the same, so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.

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