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Pune Schools to form special committees on menstrual hygiene management

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Government Schools, Management |

ANJALI MARAR, November 01,2017

Source : The Indian Express

The task force will be responsible for planning awareness campaigns on topics such as the biology behind menstrual cycles, its importance, hygiene habits, dietary and physical aspects.

ALL GOVERNMENT-RUN schools and junior colleges have been instructed to form committees dedicated to ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’, to help adolescent girls understand the menstrual cycle and the hygienic habits to be practiced in schools or colleges. The government aims to improve girls’ school attendance during their menstrual cycle.

The committees will be monitored by a task force, headed by municipal commissioners and chief executive officers at municipal corporation and zilla parishad levels, who are primarily responsible for conducting training sessions for teachers and implementing awareness campaigns. The decision came as part of the Swachch Bharat, Swach Vidyalay missions.

According to a WHO report in 2009, as many as 12 per cent of adolescent girls, globally, miss school every month while menstruating. A state-level survey discovered that only 13 per cent girls in Maharashtra, in the age group of 11 to 19 years, had knowledge about menstruation prior to experiencing it first hand. Additionally, the survey found, nearly 70 per cent of these girls preferred skipping school.

Hailing the government’s move, Dr Sunita Tandulwadkar, a gynecologist, said, “This is a welcome move, as girls still feel ashamed and do not know whom to approach. With this, girls will get the necessary guidance.” A senior official at Vidyaniketan Primary School, a government-run school in Pimpri Waghere, said, “This is a very important step towards inculcating good and hygienic habits among girls. This will also help remove negative perceptions about periods.”

Teresa David, principal of Apte School and Junior College, said their school has been actively conducting dialogues with girls studying in Class VII and higher classes. “We have conducted regular sessions with girl students and their mothers during the Palak-Mata Sangh meetings for students studying in Class VII and above. During these meetings, a variety of issues are openly discussed in the presence of mothers,” he said.

Some of the faculty members are also involved in the management of menstrual hygiene in the school, which is equipped with sanitary napkin dispensing machines and plans to set up an incinerator to dispose off used napkins, added David. The state government has decided to replicate the model for schools after a pilot programme in districts like Jalna, Thane, Sindudurg, Osmanabad, Ahmednagar and Ratnagiri proved successful. The task force, comprising male and female teachers, education officers and officials from Women and Child Development Department, will be responsible for planning awareness campaigns on topics such as the biology behind menstrual cycles, its importance, hygiene habits, dietary and physical aspects.

Along with providing access to clean washrooms, schools will now have to facilitate students with changing rooms and the premises must either have a proper disposal system or an incinerator.

The board had said that many students drop out in Class 9, and though some appear for Class 10 exams as private students, others leave studies altogether, and Aadhar card details could help track them.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has denied rumours that students would not be allowed to fill forms for Class 10 and 12 board exams without first submitting their Aadhaar card details. Read the rest of this entry »

Visionary spin on `earn and learn’ at Modern College

Posted on October 28th, 2017 in Education | Edit |

Alisha Inamdar, October 28, 2017

Source : Mirror

Instead of menial tasks, students under scheme are compiling audio books for visually challenged scholars, while the latter are helping out at the front desk
Putting a unique spin on the implementation of the var sity’s `earn and learn’ scheme, the Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce has deployed members of this initiative in projects that will make a difference to fellow students who battle physical handicaps. Read the rest of this entry »

Dates of ‘aptitude, intelligence test’ for teachers announced

Posted on October 27th, 2017 in Examination, Teachers | Edit |

Alifiya Khan,October 27, 2017

Source : The Indian Express

According to the notification, the forms for filling the online applications for the test would be available on https://mahapariksha.gov.in, starting from November 2 to November 22.

For those aspiring to take up teaching jobs, there is some news. The state education department on Thursday announced the dates for the first ever special screening tests for appointing teachers, which will be conducted between December 12 and 21. Read the rest of this entry »

GR on linking teachers’ salary hike to ‘Shaala Siddhi’, pass percentage draws sharp criticism

Posted on October 25th, 2017 in Education Department, G.R, Teachers | Edit |

Alifiya Khan,October 25, 2017

Source : The Indian Express

Teachers say the move pushes the entire responsibility on teachers, while govt officials ‘shake off their responsibility’.

The state education department, in a government resolution (GR), has asked teachers to ensure that their schools secure a rank among ‘A’ grade schools under ‘Shaala Siddhi’ — a quality assessment programme — if they want a higher pay.

But less than 24 hours after it was issued, the GR, which decides the conditions under which teachers in state-run schools will get benefits of higher pay grades, has already sparked off a heated debate among the teaching community. Read the rest of this entry »

Glitch in online transfer of ZP teachers

Posted on October 24th, 2017 in Teachers | Edit |

Manasi Saraf Joshi, October 24 , 2017

Source : Sakal Times

Pune: For over three lakh Zilla Parishad teachers in the State, Diwali was not that bright, as they were glued to their laptop screens or stuck up at cybercafes filling the online transfer forms due to low connectivity and overloaded servers.

The State government is conducting the online transfers of Zilla Parishad teachers for the first time. Due to the technical glitch, the teachers could not fill the forms till Monday morning, which was the last day to submit the forms, leading to chaos and anxiety among many of them. Read the rest of this entry »

HC stays GR on transfer of govt school teachers

Posted on October 24th, 2017 in G.R, High Court, Teachers | Edit |

PTI, October 24 , 2017

Source: Mirror

The Bombay High Court (HC) has stayed a government resolution (GR) of September on transfer of school teach ers, observing that courts can interfere when a policy is “discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable“.Adivision bench of Justices BR Gavai and SK Shinde was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the government resolution, dated September 12, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Vibgyor parents cry foul over school’s demand of extra fee for annual day

Posted on October 24th, 2017 in Fees | Edit |

Meeta Ramnani, October 24 , 2017

Source: Mirror

As non-paying students kept out of the fest, parents approach DyDE about discrimination; inquiry ordered
At least 25 per cent students of Vibgyor High School’s Magarpatta and NIBM branches are being denied participation in Viva, the school’s annual day celebrations to be held in December, as their parents have not agreed to pay Rs 1,000 in cash, as demanded by the authorities for covering expenses of the event. While Viva, like any annual day celebrations of other schools, offers a stage to showcase a child’s talent and skill, such discrimination has hurt the parents.Three of them have approached the deputy director of education, Pune region, Read the rest of this entry »

Private nursing school graduates can practise only in state: HC

Posted on October 24th, 2017 in High Court, Private | Edit |

Chaitanya Deshpande, October 24 , 2017

Source: The Times of India

The Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court has held that degree and diploma courses offered by nearly 400 private nursing schools and colleges in Maharashtra will apply only in the state. Thus, students obtaining these diplomasdegrees cannot apply for jobs outside Maharashtra or outside the country .“Candidates receiving such degrees and diplomas will be entitled to practice within the state only ,“ a division bench of Justices R M Borde and Vibha Kankanwadi said on October 9. Read the rest of this entry »