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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Government’s promise of Braille books yet to see the light of the day

Many schools in Bengaluru unaware about the scheme  Bharathi Kokade, 15, a blind student studying at Sri Rakum school, Indiranagar, still learns from old Braille textbooks provided by her school. At the Divine Light School for the Blind, one Braille book is shared among five students. The promised Braille books and digital book banks never […]

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VTU insistence on offline exams in Covid time spooks students

‘Our mental health affected as risk of infection prevails’ Students in Bengaluru forced to give offline exams even after weeks of resistance on Twitter against the same. When the third wave of Covid-19 hit Bengaluru in January, many MBBS and engineering students got anxious about the universities holding exams in the physical mode. K.M. Bhuvan Belliappa, […]

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Karnataka’s education sector struggles to adopt new normal

Teachers say they need to upgrade teaching methods Dr. Helen Roselin has been teaching Environmental Sciences at Mount Carmel College for many years. She loves to teach, but online teaching has made her hate her job. She feels she isn’t able to give her 100 percent to her students because she lacks technological know-how. “Virtual […]

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Routines changed, autistic kids badly affected by the pandemic

Could not attend online classes for varied reasons Devik Bhanushali, 17, was happy with his daily routine: Waking up every morning, going to school, learning new things, coming back, playing video games, solving a Sudoku with his evening tea and then going to sleep. That was his life for some years now; but two years ago,  […]

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Most govt schools are unfriendly to PwDs

No one cares to maintain CWSN toilets Most government schools in Bengaluru lack PWD aids that can be used by persons with disabilities (PwDs). Section 16 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act says all educational institutions are to construct buildings, campuses and other facilities accessible to children with disabilities. The Observer visited GKMM […]

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Sex education should include consent, harassment, sexuality

Since sex education remains a taboo in homes and schools, students seek information from their friends and the Web. Aviral Aggarwal, a mechanical engineering student, said chapters related to sexual reproduction were skipped in his school. “Our teachers didn’t teach us those chapters saying that ‘there is nothing to teach in this’.” They were told […]

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Basic computer knowledge is still Greek to many school students

Officials unsure how NEP plan will be enforced By Simran Sharma A student raised his hand, gathering courage amid blank faces, when the teacher asked if anyone knew anything about coding, C++, Java or HTML. “CPU” is the answer the class 8 student of a Government Urdu Higher Secondary School gave. Harsha Kashyap, a class […]

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Concepts of financial literacy missing from our curriculum

Financial literacy doesn’t find a place in school curriculums; parents teach their children the basic concepts on their own. Gauri Gupta, an M.Sc. student who had studied economics in school, shared: “What we studied was just from the examination point of view. There were some big topics regarding the economy of the nation, but I […]

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