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Closing schools a way to fight Covid-19 spread, but some countries differ with the idea

Over 160 nations, with almost 90% of the world’s student population, have shut schools, bringing to a halt the education system across the globe.
School children wearing masks | Representational image | ANI/Reuters

Why closing schools due to the Coronavirus pandemic may not be feasible

Elders are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than children and closing schools may be inconvenient for single parents, the self-employed or those in the gig economy.
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These are the regions in the world where people have most faith in their schools

Across the world, people feel schools are not preparing students for jobs, a new survey shows.
Delhi Public School in Srinagar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

There’s 99.7% attendance in Kashmir schools, junior home minister tells Lok Sabha

Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy tells Lok Sabha that school attendance was initially ‘thin’ in the Kashmir Valley, but picked up later.
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Can govt school students in India do better? This is what an experimental policy showed

With 75 per cent of schools in India being government owned and 65 per cent of children attending a government school, quality of government schools in India is a first order policy issue.
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NCERT will adopt govt schools across India to improve quality of education

Beginning with village schools near its Regional Institutes of Education in five states, NCERT will soon help teachers across India’s government schools.
Schools in rural China are being sponsored by tobacco companies

Tobacco companies in China are opening schools, and the Chinese welcome it

Many such ‘tobacco schools’ were built following the devastating Sichuan earthquake in 2008.
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CBSE bars students from changing subjects in classes 10 and 12

CBSE has directed schools to turn down requests from students seeking to change their subjects, especially if it requires parents making their own teaching arrangements.
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India’s draft education policy isn’t a conservative conspiracy. But it may never take off

In the last five years, Narendra Modi government has walked in the opposite direction to the one recommended in this policy document.
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Mandarin now a compulsory language in Nepal’s schools as China foots the bill

With China’s assurance to Nepal that it will pay for teachers’ salaries, many private schools have included Mandarin as a mandatory subject.

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.