Experts panel submits report on online classes to Katakana govt

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July 8, 2020

Bengaluru, Jul 8: The expert committee constituted by the Karnataka government to look into imparting online education in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown submitted its report on Tuesday to the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, S Suresh Kumar.

Amid growing pressure by educational institutions to allow them to run online classes for the students, the government set up the committee headed by noted educationist M K Sridhar.

The Minister told reporters that some schools wanted to run online classes, including for LKG and UKG students. It had also come to the government's notice that schools were reportedly charging hefty fees in the name of online teaching, he added.

"To address the concerns of parents, schools, and the future of the children, the committee was formed,"Kumar said. He further said that the government would study the recommendations and hold discussions with officials and various stakeholders before arriving at a decision.

The Education Department said that the committee, in its report, titled "Continuation of Learning in School Education of Karnataka: Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic for Technology Enabled Education and Beyond", has recommended teaching online or by using printed material. The committee suggested that children in the age group of three to six be taught online by way of story-telling, rhymes and games strictly in the presence of parents thrice a week just for one session a day For students from class one to three, it advised two periods a day and three days a week for online teaching.

Students from class three to five would have classes five days a week and two classes for 30 minutes a day. For students from class six to eight, there could be three classes a day for a duration of 30 minutes to 45 minutes each, while for students of class nine and 10 there would be four sessions a day between 30 and 45 minutes each.

The committee also suggested usage of Doordarshan and Akashwani for the government school children. Suresh Kumar said there were a few petitions filed in the Karnataka High Court regarding online teaching to the children.

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December 1,2020

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Hyderabad, Nov 30: Senior Telangana Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao slammed Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minister KS Eshwarappa over his statement on Muslims and said that BJP wants to convert India into a Hindu nation.

V Hanumantha Rao said that the BJP is discriminating against Muslims and wants to convert India into a Hindu nation. While speaking to ANI, he said, "Eshwarappa, a minister of Panchayat Raj in Karnataka, said that the BJP in the state is ready to give tickets to anyone except Muslims. BJP calls itself a secular party, and then I question why BJP is discriminating against Muslims. BJP wants to convert India from a secular nation to a Hindu nation."

"The people of India must think about this. BJP is just willing to change India into a Hindu nation, which even after a hundred years, will not happen. India is a secular country where people from all the religions live in peace and unity," he added.

Karnataka Minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has stated that the party ticket might be given to Hindu candidates from any community but not to a Muslim. "We might give the party ticket to any community among Hindus. Whoever we might give it to -- maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins but definitely, it will not be given to Muslims," Eshwarappa told media on Sunday.

Regarding the farmers' protest, V Hanumantha Rao said, "The three farm bills that have been passed against the farmers is the reason why the farmers from Punjab have launched an agitation. The Central Government has taken the silence of farmers for granted. Until the farm bill are taken back, the farmers from not just Punjab but from all over the county will protest."

Over the past few months, thousands of farmers mainly from Punjab have been protesting against the new agricultural legislation which they say could be exploited by the private sector to buy their crops at low prices.

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November 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 28: The Sadashivanagar police have registered a criminal case against the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's political secretary N R Santosh for allegedly attempting to kill himself in his Dollars Colony residence by consuming sleeping pills on Friday night.

According to a senior officer, the case has been registered under IPC section 309. "We are going to question Santosh after he recovers and further necessary action will be taken," the officer added.

Santosh is suspected to have consumed more than 10 sleeping pills around 7.15 pm. He was rushed to MS Ramaiah hospital where he is undergoing treatment in the ICU.

The police are tight-lipped about the reason behind the extreme step of Santosh. There are rumours that Santosh was under depression over political and also personal issues. His wife Jahnavi, while speaking to media persons, said Santosh was disturbed over political issues. He returned home around 7 pm and went to his room. He looked like he was worried about something.

"After sometime when I went to ask him what he would like to have for dinner, I noticed he was feeling drowsy, the pills strip was lying next to him. Sensing something wrong we rushed him to the hospital," she said.

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November 23,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 23: The Pre-University Education Department has decided to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent for the academic year due to delay in reopening of the Colleges following Covid-19.

The Department, in an order, has instructed that 30 per cent of syllabus of PU course be reduced for the academic year.

In the meantime, the public instruction department has constituted a panel of experts to further discuss reduction on the syllabus of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) students. Officials said that the discussions are to determine a scientific reduction of the syllabus based on the remaining number of academic days. For the academic year 2020-21 only the months of December,. January, February and March remain.

No decision on school reopening has been taken yet.

The department of public instruction has been instructed to prepare a draft report by various subjects experts in the Department of Education Research and Training ( DSERT) on syllabus reduction based on the number of academic days available, official sources added.

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