Study: Hospitalisation Of Children Impacts School, Parent’s Work

A new study has found that children with critical illness in intensive care miss days to weeks of school while their parents miss work to be with them. The research has been published in the ‘JAMA Open Network Journal’. Two in three children in a study cohort of young patients requiring ICU care for critical illness missed school during the six months after discharge- with absences averaging two weeks but sometimes longer. Meanwhile, half of the primary caregivers missed work during the same period. “Pediatric critical illness impacts a family’s health and well-being not only during the child’s treatment but after they leave the hospital and go home,” said lead author Erin Carlton, M.D., a pediatric intensivist at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “We know that missing that much school puts children at risk of worse academic achievements and other poor…

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Two school buildings in Nepal built with Indian assistance inaugurated

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Two new buildings of the primary schools built with the financial assistance of the Indian government in the Darchula district, were inaugurated on Monday.“Inauguration of new school buildings of Shree Moti Mahila Sangh Primary School at Tinkar, Khalanga and Shree Malikarjun Model Secondary School at Mahakali-7, Dhap in Darchula District built with Government of India Financial Assistance,” the Indian embassy said in a statement. The school in Dhap was built with the Government of India Financial Assistance of Nepali Rupees 1.27 crore.It was inaugurated by Namgya C. Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy; District Coordination Committee, Darchula and School Management Committee and local representatives.The school, established in 1960, has been providing quality primary level education for a long time, The Indian embassy said in a statement.Most students, studying in this school, are from the marginalised Tinkari and Bhutia communities…

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Nepal: Foundation stone laid for school building being built with Indian assistance

Kathmandu [Nepal]: The foundation stone for the construction of a new building of a school in Nepal’s Butwal, which is being built with the assistance provided by India, was laid on Wednesday.The new school building at Butwal-11, Naharpur will be built at an estimated cost of Nepali Rupees (NRs) 44.17 million as High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) under India-Nepal Development Partnership, India embassy here said in a statement. The foundation stone was laid by Karun Bansal, Head of Development Partnership and Reconstruction Wing of the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and Shiv Raj Subedi, Mayor of Butwal Nagarpalika, for the construction of a new school building of Shree Naharpur Secondary School in Rupandehi.Shree Naharpur Secondary School is an old school in this area set up in 1971. Once completed, the school will shift to its new premises. Currently, 1,127 students are enrolled in the…

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Andhra Pradesh: PM Modi lays foundation stone for Ekalavya school virtually

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Ekalavya Model Residential School building in Andhra Pradesh’s Majjivalasa village with the cost of Rs 5.976 crore on Monday.Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) project officer Rohanki Gopala Krishna was the chief guest in the virtual meet. He addressed the gathering and said, “With the Central and state governments’ priority to education, the foundation stone was laid for three schools at a cost of Rs.5.976 crores.”He said “besides undertaking the formation of a new society with higher education, the problems could be solved easily. The new buildings were to be completed within the 14-month deadline imposed by the central government.”“Ekalavya school will have 480 seats available,” he added.Speaking further, Krishna said, “Skill Development Cell and Tourism Cell would be set up in ITDA to provide employment…


Deprived of education for months, Afghan girls urge Taliban to reopen schools

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Young Afghan girls have called on the Taliban regime to reopen girls’ schools across the country. Since the Taliban took control over the country, school-aged girls and young women from grades 7 to 12 are still deprived of education in many of the provinces, reported TOLOnews.Expressing concerns over not being able to complete her secondary education, Mariam — an Afghan girl in the 12th grade, told the Afghan news organisation: “It has been over two months that we have been deprived of education, and I feel that all the girls who have stopped going to school feel the same way.” Urging the Taliban to reopen the doors of schools based on Islamic regulation, Mariam said that delay in the opening of girls’ schools is “very dangerous” for the students.According to the United Nations Educational Organisation, nearly 4 million students in Afghanistan have…

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Teachers, staff of Delhi govt schools to be considered on leave if not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct 15

The Delhi government has announced that teachers and non-teaching staffers of the government schools, who have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19, will not be allowed to attend school from October 15. They would be considered on leave. New Delhi [India], September 30 : According to an order issued by the Directorate of Education on Wednesday, the officers in all districts and school principals have to ensure that all teachers and school staffers should be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15. “We all are aware that the country is threatened with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to take all effective measures to prevent the spread of the same. The schools under DoE have been reopened in a phased manner, so it is the prime concern of the Delhi government that the environment of the schools remains safe with the appropriate implementation of SoPs…

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COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor issues guidelines for reopening of schools

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday announced strict standard operation procedures (SoPs) for reopening of school for classes 5 to 12 from October 4. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 30: “We are ready with SoPs to reopen schools. The consent will be taken from the parents of the students and it would be mandatory to give it in writing,” the mayor said. Earlier on Wednesday Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued an order for re-opening of all schools in Mumbai for classes 8 to12 from October 4 with all COVID-19 protocols in place.BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal also had said that all COVID-19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented.As per the guidelines issued by the mayor, one class will have a maximum of 50 students capacity and only one student will sit on a single bench. Students have been also asked to come on an…


SC declines to entertain plea seeking re-opening of schools

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a petition filed by class XII students seeking direction to the Centre and states to consider and take a time-bound decision with regard to the physical re-opening of schools and conduct of offline teaching. New Delhi [India], September 20 : A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical teaching. “Complexities of the matter is such that we will have to leave it to the governments. Supreme Court can’t take over governance. Let governments take these decisions,” the Bench said while asking the petitioner’s advocate to withdraw the plea.As the apex court was not inclined to hear the case petitioner withdrew the plea.“We do not have scientific data nor knowledge of COVID-19 incidence in the country. The governments are wary of exposing children to possible infection. We cannot…

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Dharmendra Pradhan reviews the school reopening

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday reviewed the status of reopening of schools across the country with senior officials of the Department of School Education and Literacy. New Delhi [India], September 1 : As Per Education Ministry, Union Education Minister also took stock of the roadmap for vaccinating all teaching and non-teaching staff in schools by the month of September. “Government Of India (GoI) is prioritising vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools across India to ensure a safe environment for reopening of schools,” stated the Education Ministry.Earlier, on Tuesday, Secretary, School Education and Literacy Anita Karwal held a meeting with Education Secretaries of states and Union Territories via video conferencing on National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) guidelines on school safety and vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools were discussed.During the discussion, the Secretary of the Department of School Education…


States, UTs to jointly design road map for Covid vaccination of all teaching, non-teaching staff

New Delhi [India]: Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education on Tuesday advised health and education secretaries of all States and Union Territories to jointly design a road map at the district-level for Covid vaccination of all the teaching and non-teaching staff. Karwal held a meeting with education secretaries of States/Union Territories on Tuesday virtually to discuss the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) guidelines on school safety and vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools.“During the video conference with the state/UTs education secretaries, Department of School Education & Literacy (DOSEL) advised all the states and UTs to get the 1st dose of vaccination completed for all the teaching and non-teaching staff during the month of September 2021 and those teaching and non-teaching staff who have already received 1st dose should be followed up rigorously for the 2nd dose,”…

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How Parents Can Be ‘Emotion Coaches’ As Kids Go To School During Covid-19

Parents should take time to talk with their children before school starts amid Covid-19. For an anxious child, this might be five minutes of validation and support each day. For another child, checking in occasionally may be enough. Here are some tips for ’emotion coaching’ As children head back to school, families are once again facing a September of uncertainty. This worry is compounded by depressive and anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents that have doubled in the past 18 months. Our team has been studying the mental health of children and families since the start of the pandemic to develop strategies that support those who are struggling. Getting kids back in the classroom is an important step. However, we must not forget the well-being of families, as children are most successful when they are jointly supported in both the classroom and at home.…

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MP schools to reopen on Sept 1

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced that classes for standards 6 to 12 will be held with 50 per cent capacity in all schools of the state from September 1.“CM and Minister of State for School Education (Independent Charge) Inder Singh discussed in a meeting to start the classes in government and non-government schools of the state from 1st September in the presence of 50 per cent students,” said CMO. “The classes for standard 9 to 12 were being held twice a week. Now the classes will be held on all working days. Decision over the resumption of classes for standard 1 to 5 will be taken on the basis of the situation after a week,” tweeted Chouhan.Chauhan further directed the officials concerned to make sure that strict adherence to COVID protocols should be followed in…


Indian Govt wants to bring 15 cr out-of-school children into education system

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said that the Central government wants to bring 15 crore out-of-school children into the education system. New Delhi [India], August 12 : Pradhan said for the first time, the government has combined the education and skill departments, creating a new approach for good livelihoods. He was speaking at CII’s virtual special plenary session on ‘Job Creation and Entrepreneurship’.“Today, 35 crore students are getting education in schools, but still, 15 crore children are out of the education system. We want to bring them into the education system,” he said.Further, the minister added, “For the first time, the Government has combined the education and skill departments, creating a new approach for good livelihoods.”Pradhan said new education, skilling and entrepreneurial ecosystems are evolving as a result of India’s digitisation efforts. “During the pandemic, creation of digital content at a large…

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Maha govt issues SOPs for schools

Mumbai (Maharashtra): As schools are set to open for specific classes from next week, the Maharashtra government issued SOPs regarding the reopening of schools in the state. In rural areas, physical classes for 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 in urban areas will resume from August 17. According to SoPs issued, a four-member panel shall be formed to make decisions on opening schools in their respective jurisdiction. This panel shall be headed by the Municipal Commissioner and District Collector of respective districts and cities. All teachers and school staff need to be fully vaccinated before the opening of schools. Schools shall also be allowed to function in two different shifts. As per the SOPs, one student should seat on one bench and a distance of 6 metres must be maintained between two benches. Parents will not be allowed in order to avoid overcrowding…

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WB: Schools may reopen

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering to reopen schools soon. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 5 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering reopening schools soon.  The Trinamool Congress chief said that the state government was planning to resume classes on alternate days after Durga Puja vacations later this year.  Days ago, the state government had said it had no plans to open schools at any level in the near future due to the threat of an imminent third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the education department had said. Meanwhile, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said that it will be wise to reopen schools in the country with the…

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HP : Schools Reopen

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : Schools across the state re-opened for classes 10, 11 and 12 from Monday while adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “We are delighted to return to school. We will follow protocols of wearing masks, hand hygiene, and physical distancing,” said a student. Another student said “We even attended the online classes, but we had to face many issues in that. At times, we ran out of connectivity. Returning back to school is good because we can interact with our teachers and friends. Offline studying is better than online.” With the decline in positivity rate and increase in recovery rate, the situation of Covid-seems to be improving. In the state, six districts have recorded a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent.

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Schools reopen in Punjab and C’garh

Amritsar/Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], August 2 : Students returned to schools in Punjab after a year with COVID-19 protocols in place. At Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amritsar, school principal Mandeep Kaur told ANI, “The school has reopened for students of all classes now. Arrangements for ensuring proper sanitization in the vicinity have been made.” “Students have also been asked to carry their own sanitizer. Wearing a mask has been made compulsory. All teachers have received double doses of vaccines for protection against the virus. We have reduced the strength of classes to 50 percent.”“Also, for those who do not feel comfortable attending physical classes, online classes will continue simultaneously. Hence, it is not compulsory for students to come here”, said the Principal.Ashima, a school teacher said, “We have sanitized the school properly. We have also taken parents’ permission for allowing them to attend…

International World Updates

Pakistan’s Private Schools Association Launches Documentary On Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan’s private schools’ association on Monday launched a documentary on Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai for her controversial views on Islam, marriage and her pursuit of the Western agenda. Malala, who turned 24 on Monday, was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Having received the prize at the age of 17, Malala is the youngest Nobel laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India. Addressing a press conference at his office in Gulberg here the All-Pakistan Private Schools Federation president Kashif Mirza said: “Through this documentary film — I am not Malala – we will tell 20 million students in 200,000 private schools across the country about her controversial views on Islam, marriage, pursuing of Western…

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Puducherry: Schools To Reopen

Puducherry registered 145 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours with no fatality due to the deadly virus Puducherry: All the schools for students in classes 9-12 will reopen from July 16 in the Union Territory of Puducherry, said Chief Minister N Rangaswamy. Besides schools, colleges to be reopened on the same day in the Union Territory. Meanwhile, there has been a dip in Covid cases in Puducherry. In the last 24 hours, 145 cases of Covid-19 with no fatalities have been registered, the Director of Health & Family Welfare Services, S Mohan Kumar said on Sunday. This is after six months that there is no Covid-related death in the UT. So far, 1,769 people have succumbed to the deadly virus. 

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Haryana schools to reopen

Haryana schools are all set to reopen for Classes 9 to 12 from July 16 and classes 6 to 8 from July 23, as Covid cases continue to follow a downward trend. Haryana schools are all set to reopen for Classes 9 to 12 from July 16 and classes 6 to 8 from July 23, as Covid cases continue to follow a downward trend. “Schools to reopen for classes 9 to 12 from 16th July with social distancing. If the situation remains normal, then, schools will be reopened for other classes too,” Haryana Education Minister said on Friday. Meanwhile, on Friday, Haryana reported nine more Covid-related deaths, taking the cumulative toll to 9,534, while 57 fresh infections pushed the case count to 7,69,205, according to the Health Department’s daily bulletin. Two deaths were reported from Gurgaon and one each from Hisar, Panipat and Kurukshetra…