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From next year, SSLC & PU Exams together

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Education dept announces a slew a measures to clean up the system

After repeated complaints about paper leaks and malpractices over the years in SSLC and II PU board examinations, the department of education is busy revamping the system. While the examination and evaluation process was smooth this year by adopting various technologies like CCTV cameras inside the examination hall, now the primary and secondary education minister has a comprehensive plan — conduct SSLC and PU board exams together!

The government is planning to implement the plan starting from March-April 2018. Primary and Secondary Education minister Tanveer Sait told BM, “We are planning to have SSLC and II PU exams together. Students should sit together and write the exam. What will happen is, one, II PU students will have a lesser chance to indulge in any malpractice and SSLC students as well. This will be done across the state. We will make the time table in such a way that, there is no overlap on the subjects.”

“We are planning to do this. A committee will sit and work out a plan and we will release it soon,” added Sait.

The move is also aimed at merging the services of invigilators for both, besides putting an end to duplication. The minister also said, “We should depute invigilators for SSLC and give transportation for them as well as the same procedure with the PU board examinations as well. Both the departments are doing the same work. By this, invigilators will also be reduced and same transportation facility will be utilized. This will save a lot of work for both the departments.”

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Education dept announces a slew, a measure to clean up the system
posted Jul 24, 2017 by Nalini Vishwanath

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Subhashini S, a student at Sri Ramakrishna Vidyaniketana Residential School in Shivamogga, was a tad disappointed when the SSLC exam results were declared in May. She missed three marks in Kannada, her first language, but scored a perfect centum in the other five subjects. 

She was confident of securing the perfect score — 125 — in Kannada, too. She applied for the photocopy of the answer script after speaking to her schoolteachers. 

She decided to apply for re-evaluation as there was no difference between the key answers and what she had written in the exam. 

The re-evaluation result proved her right. With the perfect score in Kannada, she has become one of the toppers in the SSLC exam in Karnataka. She scored a perfect centum in English, Hindi, Social Science, Science and Mathematics. 

But what makes her achievement extraordinary is the fact that she had studied in a Telugu-medium school till Class 7 in Andhra Pradesh. Her parents — Srinivasulu Reddy and Sujata — hail from Kolar. She had moved to Shivamogga to live with her grandfather, Kannappa, to study SSLC. 

She chose Kannada as the first language in high school. Shobha Ramakrishna, the secretary of the school management, said scoring 125 marks in Kannada was a great achievement for a student whose medium of instruction in primary school was Telugu. Subhashini initially struggled to write the Kannada alphabets, but picked up the language in just six months with the help of teachers and a little determination. 

Speaking to DH over phone, Sujata, her mother, said: “I am happy that my daughter has finally got justice. If she had obtained 625 marks last month, it would have been wonderful. Anyway, she has got the reward for hard work. She aspires to be a doctor.” 

Subhashini has enrolled at Narayana Guru College in Bengaluru for first-year PUC (Science). 
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BENGALURU: After steering some of the successful education-related endeavours in Karnataka, three eminent individuals from the state have made it to the new National Education Policy panel.

The panel, set up by the Union ministry of human resources, will be headed by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. A former chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Kasturirangan is also an honorary professor at Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research, Bengaluru and is a professor emeritus at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Former member-secretary of Karnataka State Innovation Council M K Sridhar, who was associated with the Karnataka Knowledge Commission earlier, is also on the panel. He was Professor at Canara Bank School of Management Studies at Bangalore University.

The third panel member from the state is T V Kattimani, language communication expert and vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak. He hails from Koppal district in North Karnataka. Sridhar said that efforts would be made to roll out a strong educational policy.Highlighting the need for changes in the system, Sridhar told TOI, "I am happy that I have been tasked with such an important work. The country's education system needs a lot of changes and as panel members, we will discuss these issues to come out with a strong policy."

The new panel will replace an earlier education policy committee formed by the HRD ministry under former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian a couple of years ago.Sources said inputs from the Subramanian panel report would also be utilised by the new committee.  

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To prevent cases of malnutrition among kindergarten children, Karnataka government recently started a new scheme.

Under this scheme, the government provides two eggs and 5 glasses of milk to every child per week.

But it has come to light that the scheme is not fulfilling its aim. The situation in many Anganwadis is such that instead of two eggs, children have been getting only one or half or sometimes no eggs at all.
One boiled egg is divided between two, and in some cases among four children. Only half a litre of milk is distributed to a dozen kids.

As per the budget announcement in July when the scheme came into force, more than 35 lakh Anganwadis come under this scheme. But as the government is not supplying the materials for this scheme, it falls on the teachers should to buy eggs and milk from the market.  

The state gives Rs 4.50 per egg, but in most places, each egg costs around Rs 5 or Rs 6. Due to this shortage of funds, most Anganwadi teachers cannot afford to buy the required number of eggs for their charges.

The teachers say that the government should provide eggs directly to the Anganwadis.  

The state government's Women and Children Welfare Committee ordered that eggs and milk should be given to children in the 3-6 years age group. But in Anganwadis, there're 2-3 year old children too.