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Principles flag concerns over spike in pass percentage in govt schools

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi:
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 11:50 PM IST
The spike in pass percentage for students of classes 9 and 11 in Delhi government schools this year based on an assessment-based evaluation has sparked concerns among principals and teachers as these students may have to physically appear for their board exams next year
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Students taking internals seriously after CBSE made them part of assessment, says teachers

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi:
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 11:53 PM IST
With the CBSE coming up with a revised evaluation pattern for board students this year and a possible third wave of Covid-19 disrupting another academic cycle, students of classes 10 and 12 slated to appear for their board exams next year are focusing more on their internal tests, anticipating that they may be assessed on the basis of these tests next year
New Delhi, India - Feb. 1, 2021: Students outside the University Plaza after Delhi University reopened for final year students in New Delhi, India, on Monday, February 1, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 1, 2021: Students outside the University Plaza after Delhi University reopened for final year students in New Delhi, India, on Monday, February 1, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)

DU teachers and aspirants raise concerns over CUCET

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:33 PM IST
Several aspirants have been writing to teachers and officials at DU requesting them to look into the matter.
DU teachers and aspirants raise concerns over CUCET(Amal KS/HT Photo)
DU teachers and aspirants raise concerns over CUCET(Amal KS/HT Photo)

DU teachers and aspirants raise concerns over CUCET

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 11:01 AM IST
With the looming possibility of a common entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate courses of Delhi University this year, teachers and aspirants are now raising concerns over the new format of the examination saying it will disadvantage students from marginalised and rural backgrounds and those opting for a stream change.
CBSE Class Result 2021: Inclusion of internal tests a worry for students, parent
CBSE Class Result 2021: Inclusion of internal tests a worry for students, parent

CBSE Class 12 Result 2021: Inclusion of internal tests worry students, parents

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 01:22 PM IST
Though the revised formula to evaluate Class 12 results, notified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday, has put an end to months of uncertainty, several graduating students and their parents have raised concerns over including the internal scores of classes 11 and 12 while calculating the final marks.
School administrators said the mechanisms to evaluate the students represent the best way forward during an unprecedented time. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
School administrators said the mechanisms to evaluate the students represent the best way forward during an unprecedented time. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

CBSE Class 12 formula out, results by July 31

By Abraham Thomas, Fareeha Iftikhar, Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 06:55 PM IST
The approved mechanism for CBSE includes a 30:30:40 formula, which takes into account a student’s performance in the last three examinations to settle at a score for the theory component of the examination that could not be held.
Friends and student activists gathered outside the jail complex on Thursday, welcoming the three as they walked out of the prison.(PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI)
Friends and student activists gathered outside the jail complex on Thursday, welcoming the three as they walked out of the prison.(PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI)

Bail for activists in riots case: Year later, students step out to freedom

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Speaking to HT, Pinjra Tod activist and JNU student Devangana Kalita said, “We weren’t hopeful of getting out, but are thankful to the court for releasing us. This is a win for democracy and for dissenting voices.”
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Many students, parents concerned about inclusion of internals in CBSE’s Class 12 score formula

PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 11:17 PM IST
New Delhi Though the revised formula to evaluate Class 12 results, notified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday, has put an end to months of uncertainty, many graduating students and their parents have raised concerns over inclusion of internal scores of classes 11 and 12 while calculating the final marks
Delhi University’s law faculty repeats questions(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Delhi University’s law faculty repeats questions(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Delhi University’s law faculty repeats questions

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 09:28 AM IST
First-year students of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law were in for a surprise on Wednesday when the questioned paper they received for their Law of Contract paper was the same as the one during the semester examination in December last year.
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DU’s law faculty question paper repeated, officials call for probe

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi:
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 11:57 PM IST
The first-year students of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law were in for a surprise on Wednesday when they found that the question paper they received for their Law of Contract paper was the same as the one given to another batch of students during the semester examination in December last year
For Class 10 — which follows a complicated assessment system based on internal test scores and a detailed moderation policy — the board asked its schools to submit compiled marks by June 30.
For Class 10 — which follows a complicated assessment system based on internal test scores and a detailed moderation policy — the board asked its schools to submit compiled marks by June 30.

CBSE likely to declare Class 10 results in July third week

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 05:08 AM IST
CBSE officials said they will declare the exact date for the results after Thursday, when the board submits its Class 12 results formula to the Supreme Court.
Several students also lamented missing out on several extra-curricular activities (ECA) and fests, which DU colleges are known for.(HT photo)
Several students also lamented missing out on several extra-curricular activities (ECA) and fests, which DU colleges are known for.(HT photo)

As home becomes campus, DU freshers go a year without friends, class

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 01:14 AM IST
The Covid-19 outbreak has forced educational institutes in Delhi to stay shut since March last year.
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Teachers reconnect with students as Delhi schools resume online classes after summer break

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Several private schools in the national capital opened on Thursday, after the summer break ended on Wednesday, with principals and teachers focusing on reconnecting with students and making them comfortable instead of starting full-fledged classes and piling them with class works and homeworks
The booklet was released a day after Pinjra Tod held a virtual event inviting friends, family, and activists to speak and mark one year of the incarceration of jailed student activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
The booklet was released a day after Pinjra Tod held a virtual event inviting friends, family, and activists to speak and mark one year of the incarceration of jailed student activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)

Jailed activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal work to help prison community

PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 07:34 PM IST
In the pamphlet released by the collective, both Narwal and Kalita – in separate letters – speak about their experiences in the jail and their work with the prison community involving working at a legal aid centre, computer centre, library, running yoga sessions before the pandemic hit, and working with the children in the prison.
Deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia. (HT file)
Deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia. (HT file)

Delhi government cancels class 9, 11 annual exams

UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 06:48 PM IST
Amid rising Covid-19 cases in April, the Delhi government’s education department had, on April 12, postponed class 9 and 11 annual exams
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DU collects data on students to lost parents to Covid-19

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:10 AM IST
: Delhi University colleges are collecting data on students who lost their parents to Covid-19, as part of a programme to subsidise their education in the varsity, senior officials said on Wednesday, a plan that was formulated in the wake of a brutal nationwide second wave of infections that claimed over 160,000 lives in April and May alone
Schools prep for online rerun as break nears end
Schools prep for online rerun as break nears end

Schools prep for online rerun as break nears end

PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 01:07 PM IST
From grief counselling to training sessions on life skills, schools in the national capital are devising innovative ways to reconnect with students when they return to online classes after an extended summer break.
Representational image. (REUTERS)
Representational image. (REUTERS)

CBSE restricts school-based assessment to online

UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Several schools across India had said that they had been unable to conduct practical exams or internal assessment due to closure during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic
A teacher conducts online and offline class simultaneously at SCD Government College in Ludhiana, Punjab. (HT archive) Exclusive
A teacher conducts online and offline class simultaneously at SCD Government College in Ludhiana, Punjab. (HT archive)

Can blended learning be the way forward in higher education?

UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2021 03:37 PM IST
Colleges and universities say the decision to opt for the blended mode of learning in the post-pandemic era should be decided by students and not implemented in a standardised manner
Several teachers and students called these policies flawed, saying that they are unfair to meritorious high scorers whose marks will likely be standardised downwards based on the average performance of their school.(HT Photos)
Several teachers and students called these policies flawed, saying that they are unfair to meritorious high scorers whose marks will likely be standardised downwards based on the average performance of their school.(HT Photos)

Teachers point flaws in CBSE Class 10 pattern, say can’t be applied to Class 12

By Kainat Sarfaraz, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2021 04:43 AM IST
New Delhi: Teachers and students have begun voicing concerns over what could be the alternative evaluation mechanism for students of the Class 12, after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to scrap the annual school-graduating test due to the Covid-19 outbreak
The government has also directed the national board to provide an option for students to take the exams if they wish to do so but only when the situation becomes conducive.(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
The government has also directed the national board to provide an option for students to take the exams if they wish to do so but only when the situation becomes conducive.(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

Exam cancellation leads to debate on scoring method

By Kainat Sarfaraz, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 06:22 AM IST
After a high-level review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government on Tuesday announced that Class 12 board exams will not be held this year and CBSE will compile the results as per a well-defined objective criteria that will be announced later.
A relative of a patient who died due to Covid-19 grieves. (Representational image/HT PHOTO) Exclusive
A relative of a patient who died due to Covid-19 grieves. (Representational image/HT PHOTO)

Grief, suffering, financial distress—how the second wave devastated households

By Fareeha Iftikhar & Kainat Sarfaraz
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2021 04:21 PM IST
Amid the second wave of the pandemic in the country — the fourth in Delhi — between the end of April and middle of May, patients and their families struggled with shortages — of beds, oxygen support, medicines. And at each step, costs escalated
The ruling came on a plea by umbrella of 450 pvt schools.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
The ruling came on a plea by umbrella of 450 pvt schools.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)

HC lets schools charge last year’s dues at concessional rate; parents unhappy

By Richa Banka, Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2021 05:45 AM IST
Officials privy to the matter said the state government will ‘immediately appeal against the order’.
DU is awaiting a final decision from the ministry on the common entrance test, which will also be dependent on how Class 12 students are being evaluated this year. (Photo: Amal KS/HT (For representational purposes only))
DU is awaiting a final decision from the ministry on the common entrance test, which will also be dependent on how Class 12 students are being evaluated this year. (Photo: Amal KS/HT (For representational purposes only))

Test or Class 12 scores? DU gets ready for both

By Kainat Sarfaraz, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2021 09:37 AM IST
If Class 12 board exams are not conducted, we will have to conduct the CUCET to ensure that admissions are made without compromising on quality and merit, said Pc Joshi, acting V-C, DU.
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Common entrance test or board exam results? DU prepares for all outcomes

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 11:46 PM IST
Even as a decision on the conduct of a common entrance test for all central universities remains pending, Delhi University’s computer centre (DUCC) officials said their team would require two to three months to develop a new admissions portal, in case the entrance test is introduced this year
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Covid-induced recruiting slump likely to affect skills, employability

By Fareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 05:39 PM IST
In the last 14 months, while colleges and universities have switched to the online mode for classes and exams, they were hard-pressed to find a digital alternative for research work, hands-on skill training and laboratory work, and compulsory internship components of some courses
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait with others during ongoing farmers' protest against three farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (PTI)
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait with others during ongoing farmers' protest against three farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (PTI)

‘Black day’ protest to mark 6 months of stir

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2021 09:13 AM IST
Experts have warned that any such gathering could turn into a superspreader event, particularly at a time when cases have been receding in the Capital after a devastating few weeks and a hard lockdown.
An English teacher takes online class from school, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 23, 2020.(File photo/ PTI)
An English teacher takes online class from school, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 23, 2020.(File photo/ PTI)

‘MCQs second option; first choice would be to cancel CBSE exams’

UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2021 10:17 AM IST
CBSE board exams update: School principals said that, if the exams were held, they would prefer the second option, but cautioned that it was going to be a major challenge during the pandemic.
According to the proposal documents, examination for the major subjects can be conducted in two ways. (Photo: Raj K Raj/HT)
According to the proposal documents, examination for the major subjects can be conducted in two ways. (Photo: Raj K Raj/HT)

Meet on Class 12 exams may discuss proposal for tests in major subjects

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 03:05 AM IST
Nearly 20 of the 174 subjects offered to Class 12 students are considered major subjects by CBSE. Board students take a minimum of five and a maximum of six subjects out of which four are considered major subjects.
Relatives of a Covid-19 victim seen outside the mortuary at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times)
Relatives of a Covid-19 victim seen outside the mortuary at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times)

Demand for cancelling exams grows as students process grief

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Kainat Sarfaraz, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2021 04:32 AM IST
  • On April 14, the Centre cancelled the Class 10 exams and postponed the Class 12 tests, and said it will review the situation on June 1 before deciding on the fate of the exams.
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