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Delhi Government To Introduce 'Happiness Curriculum' In Its Schools

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Picture Source: NDTV.COM

By- Press Trust of India 


https://www.ndtv.com/education/delhi-government-to-introduce-happiness-curriculum-in-its-schools-1809892

NEW DELHI:  Students in Delhi government-run schools will now get lessons on being 'happy' with the AAP dispensation planning to introduce a "happiness curriculum" for nursery to class 8 from upcoming academic session. Addressing a gathering at the Excellence in Education awards at Thyagraj Stadium, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said, "The Delhi government has commissioned a team of experts, including school teachers, which is preparing a framework for the happiness curriculum."

"The entire curriculum will be purely activity-based and no formal examinations will be conducted on it. However, a periodic assessment of children's progress will be made using a happiness index," he said.

Mr Sisodia said at a time when neighbouring Bhutan is formulating policies to ensure a high Happiness Index for its citizens, introduction of happiness curriculum in schools will help enhance personality of children and influence the direction in which we are heading as a society and nation.

"Education has to serve a larger moral and societal purpose and cannot be looked at in isolation from the needs of society. Even as we aim for economic equality, we must strive for 'happiness equality' as well," he said.

Mr Sisodia, who is also Delhi's education minister, appealed to teachers and students of government schools in the capital to come forward and assist the government in developing the happiness curriculum.

 

posted Feb 8 by Gowri Vimalan

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Source: The Hindu

The demand for private schools may have resulted in a sharp decline in the student strength of government schools across the State, but a government school in Vijayapura district has reversed the trend, thanks to its alumni.

Set up on the day the country got its independence, the Government Higher Primary School in Hanumasagar village of Vijayapura district, which had just 60 students a few months ago, has now added 112 more to its fold. The new students left their private schools to enrol here.

This “trend reversal” is the result of an initiative by five former students who were pained over the dwindling student strength in their alma mater. “After passing out of school, five of us were serving as teachers in various government schools. When we came to know that our government school was gradually losing students to private schools, we decided to do whatever possible to break the trend,” said G.S. Jamkhandi.

Explaining the methods they adopted, he said that last summer vacation, the five of them, with the permission of the Block Education Officer, held special coaching classes in the school. “We deputed three teachers to teach mathematics, science and English. Our efforts yielded results, as the parents agreed to shift their children who were studying in private schools in three nearby villages,” he said.

Abdul Nadaf, father of Afreen Nadaf studying in standard six, said that after the teachers held meetings and training sessions, he was confident that his daughter would get better education in the government school. “I paid ₹10,000 as fee in the private school. Now, in the government school, besides quality education, I have been able to save money and there are various facilities such as mid-day meals, bicycles and free uniform,” he said. Afreen is elated too: “I was not happy in the private school. So was five of my cousins. After undergoing coaching, we decided to join this government school.”

Mathematics teacher Laksmi Hosamani said district in charge Minister M.B. Patil had assured of deputing three full-time teachers and arranging for bus service for students. He has also promised a grant of ₹10 lakh for renovation of the school and e-teaching facility.

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State education minister has clarified couple of days ago that rules and requirements are now being drafted to implement state education syllabus for classes up to VIII in Karnataka - amongst the ICSE and CBSE schools. In the meantime the CBSE board apparently has clarified that they do not actually prescribe a syllabus up to class VIII in any case. Full story here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/cbse-icse-schools-will-have-to-follow-state-syllabus-in-karnataka/articleshow/58146344.cms
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