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Manipur Govt Directs Schools To Not Collect Fees For April-July Period

Fee if already collected for these months by the schools shall be adjusted with subsequent months in future.

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IMPHAL (Manipur): The Manipur State Education Department has ordered all private and aided schools in the State not to collect fees from students for the months of April to July of the present academic session considering the closure of schools due to COVID-19.

State Education Minister Th. Radheshyam convened a press conference this evening and appealed to all schools and guardians to follow the government order regarding the fee structure.

An order issued by the Department also directed these schools not to hike admission fees for the academic session 2020-21 while collecting the same.


Monthly school fees, including fees under any nomenclature up to March, maybe collected without hiking the amount.

Fee if already collected for these months by the schools shall be adjusted with subsequent months in future.

Regarding the salary of teaching and non-teaching staff of these schools, the order instructed payment of 50 per cent of salaries for staff with a student enrollment of 700 and below while full payment for the schools with a student enrolment of more than 700 students.

The Minister said that practices of luring students by giving freebies including laptops, tablets and other monetary benefits by schools is to be condemned.


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NCERT To Revise Curriculum Framework For School Education After 15 Years

Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020.

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NEW DELHI: In view of the decision of setting up of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development MHRD has prepared a roadmap for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the academic year 2020-21.

The new roadmap for NCERT has been prepared with a learning outcome-centric approach and NCERT has been tasked to develop the required resources for its implementation leading to all-around improvement in learning outcomes and learning levels of students.

The interim report on the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education, which is being revised after 15 years, will be submitted by December and the new curriculum is expected to be ready by March next year, according to the HRD Ministry.


The new NCF for school education has been initiated. NCERT will be expected to make changes in the textbooks in accordance with the new NCF. Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020. The new NCF is expected to be ready by March 2021,” the HRD Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has directed the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) that while redesigning textbooks, it is to be ensured that nothing but the core content is placed in them.

Also, the cognitive load of the textbooks is too high. Additional areas, such as creative thinking, life skills, Indian ethos, art, and integration, need to be integrated. NCERT will also start working on the layout and design of the new textbooks well in advance, however, the new textbooks shall be written based on the new NCF.”


Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, for PM E-Vidya, NCERT is also expected to prepare content for classes I–XII for SWAYAM PRABHA channels (1 class 1 channel) and start the channels by August this year,” the ministry said.

The revision of the curriculum framework will be in sync with the implementation of the examination reforms such as uniform assessment and evaluation system under the proposed National Assessment Centre as proposed by the New Education Policy draft.

The new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for School Education has also been initiated. NCERT will be expected to make changes in the textbooks in accordance with the new NCF. Subject experts will initiate this process for school education, and give an interim report by December 2020.

While redesigning textbooks, it is to be ensured that nothing but the core content is placed in textbooks. Also, the cognitive load of the textbooks is too high. Additional areas, such as creative thinking, life skills, Indian ethos, art, and integration, etc. need to be integrated.

NCERT will also start working on the layout and design of the new textbooks well in advance, however, the new textbooks shall be written based on the new NCF. The new NCF is expected to be ready by March 2021.


Under AtmaNirbhar Bharat, for PM E-Vidya, NCERT is also expected to prepare content for Class 1 – 12 for SWAYAM PRABHA channels (1 class 1 channel) and start the channels by August this year.

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CBSE Cancels Remaining Class 10 And 12 Board Exams Scheduled From July 1-15

The court was hearing pleas seeking scrapping of remaining exams in view of the rising COVID-19 cases.

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NEW DELHI: The Centre and the CBSE today informed the Supreme Court that they have decided to cancel the Class X and XII examinations scheduled from July 1-15 due to the pandemic and that they would be conducted later.

The court was hearing pleas seeking scrapping of remaining exams of Class XII scheduled from July 1-15 in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Supreme Court bench led by J AM Khanwilkar heard the plea seeking cancellation of remaining CBSE exams due to COVID19. CBSE has clarified that Class 10 exams are cancelled and the marks awarded based on criterion specified by CBSE would be final. CBSE Class 12 students would have the option to appear for the exams at a later date.


The top court was also informed that the students will have the liberty to opt either for the examinations, to be conducted later, or go with the assessment process based on past performance.

SG Mehta stated to the Supreme Court that the board has filed an affidavit, taking into consideration the reports submitted by the states. In effect, the board has decided not to conduct the exams from July 1.

Speaking in the court, SG said, “Our affidavit filed half an hour back states that taking into account suggestion from States, exams for Class 10 and 12 from July 1 stands cancelled.”


He further added that all the Class 10 examinations have been cancelled. Class 12 examination, however, is optional.

CBSE has a scheme in which marks scored in past 3 exams will be taken into account. For Class 12, the exams will be conducted  “as soon as the situation is conducive. Marks for the students who opt for the class 12 examination will have that marks as final.”

CBSE Class 12 students would have to share their decision on whether to opt for the examination at a later date or to accept the marks based on the three previous examinations, as scored by the student.

Supreme Court has directed CBSE to reword its reply to ensure that there is no confusion in the minds of the student and the parents.

It may be recalled that a few papers of CBSE 10th, 12th Board Exams 2020 were left when the schools and colleges were closed. Exams from March 19 to March 31 were deferred till April, and then postponed by the HRD Ministry as a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 25. These exams were then deferred and scheduled to be conducted between July 1 and July 15.


CBSE had shared its intent to cancel the exams abroad and to conduct exams for only 29 subjects out of the remaining lot. The board released the date sheet for the exams in May.

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IIT Bombay Next Semester To Be Fully Online; Scraps Face-To-Face Lectures This Year

This is the first time in the institute’s 62-year history that a new academic year will start with no students on campus.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has decided to run its next semester completely online, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming the first IIT to take the decision. In a midnight Facebook post, IIT Bombay director Subhasis Chaudhuri made the announcement and appealed for donations to help economically lesser privileged students.

This is the first time in the institute’s 62-year history that a new academic year will start with no students on campus.

“For IIT Bombay, students are the first priority. We took the first step in India in concretely deciding how we must bring a closure to the current semester to help our students,” Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri wrote in the post.


“But given the current condition of the pandemic, how do we plan for the next semester for our students? Again, after a long deliberation in the Senate, we have decided today that the next semester will be run purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety and well-being of the students,” he further said.

The semester for undergraduate and post-graduate courses is scheduled to begin in July. The post also had an appeal for donation for students “from economically less privileged families”.

“A large section of our students come from economically less privileged families and would require a helping hand to equip them with the IT hardware (i.e. laptops and broadband connectivity ) to take these online classes,” the post read.


Earlier this week, sources in the Education Ministry told media houses that pending board examinations and competitive tests for engineering and medical colleges are unlikely to be held in July. The Supreme Court will hear the matter today.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” on Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to revisit the guidelines for intermediate and terminal semester exams and the academic calendar. He said the foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, teachers and staff.

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