Sandur’s govt schools lack infra to handle influx of students

Some have put pupils of 2 classes in one big room Post-pandemic, Sandur has seen a rapid shift in students from private to government schools, which lack adequate infrastructure to handle the rush. Jaatappa, the headmaster of the Government Higher Primary School, Bhujanganagara, informed The Observer: “We see very few dropouts every year. This school has […]

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Parents, experts stress on the importance of sex education in schools

Basic sex ed is enough: Parents Lack of sex education in schools worries parents and experts. However, conservatives have a different thought to worry. B Basavaraj, a member of Vishva Hindu Parishad talked with The Observer about their views, “We are completely against sex education being introduced into cirrculam. We believe this will lead to […]

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Karnataka govt will give money to schools in border areas

Critics say it is a political gambit as polls approach The Karnataka government plans to allocate funds to schools in the Karnataka-Maharashtra border areas, and in neighboring states, to promote the state’s cultural identity. Addressing a press conference on completing two years as chairman of the Karnataka Border Area Development Authority, Dr. C. Somasekhara said: […]

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Transgenders tell the police their woes

‘Don’t abuse us or slap us with false cases’ A programme to sensitize police personnel about transgenders was organized at the Sanjaynagar and Hebbal police stations on November 24 and 25. Prakash, assistant sub-inspector, Sanjaynagar, said around 30 police officials, including the inspector, attended the programme.  “The topic was the sexual freedom of the transgender community. […]

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Transgenders aren’t convinced quota in police will help them

State govt hasn’t defined ‘male third gender’ People of the transgender community aren’t convinced that reservation in the police force will improve their lot. In September 2022, Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra announced that 79 posts would be reserved for the “male third gender” in the force.Curiously, the government has still not defined what the […]

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Most children living in slums drop out of school, do odd jobs

Girls found to study only up to class 3 Children in various slums of Bengaluru attend school but only a few make it to higher education. The Observer noted that most schools near slums impart education only till grade seven. Children, especially girls, find it difficult to continue their education after grade seven. Laxmibai, 24, […]

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Final-year UG students left with limited options for higher studies

Pandemic and Bangalore University delay have led to many dropouts Undergraduate students of Bangalore University’s batch of 2019-2022 are left with limited options for their post-graduation and higher studies as their final exams are scheduled in September. Most private colleges in Bengaluru have closed admissions for their 2022-2024 post-graduate courses.  Students who had plans to  […]

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Many government schools in Bengaluru do not have functional libraries

Library in school? What’s that? Many primary schools in Bengaluru still do not have functional libraries despite it being compulsory in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. Rohit Venugopal, 10, does not know what a library is because his school doesn’t have one.  “We have our textbooks and notebooks. I don’t think we have a […]

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Students find entrance exams a tough nut to crack

Tough tests are diminishing their hopes, say students Shristi Sharma, 21, a student, has given CAT twice, but wasn’t able to score the required percentile to clear the exam. She feels demotivated as all her friends are now pursuing their masters, whereas she’s still trying to crack the exam to secure admission to a reputed […]

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