Mumbai school shut since August 25; high court asks Maharashtra to clarify stand

The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government to clear its stand over shifting of Matoshree Kashiben Vrajlal Valia International School at Borivli (West). The secondary division of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school has remained shut since August 25. The division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Bharati Dangre said the state authorities should take a proactive stand for resolving the issue and posted the petition filed by Borivli residents Tushar Shah and Pragnesh Gopani, whose children are studying in the school, for further…

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CBSE school-based exams: Few takers, but high scores, Mumbai results reveal

Of 16 lakh Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students across India, more than 7.81 lakh opted for the school-based tests over board exams, which are considered to be more stressful. However, students will not have the same option next year, as school exams will be scrapped from this year. Five of 200 Class 10 students from RN Podar School, Santacruz, opted for the school exams. Of them, Rithvik Sharma secured a 8.8 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). “We wanted him to be comfortable, as he suffers from a…

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Cash-strapped World Health Organization slammed for high travel costs

JEROME DELAY/AP L ONDON — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country’s president in celebrating the world’s first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm Camayenne hotel. The suite, equipped with marble bathrooms and a dining room that seats eight, has an advertised price of 900 euros ($1,008) per night. Some say such luxurious accommodations send the…

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Petition in Madras high court for pre-school education in govt schools In INDIA

CHENNAI: A petition has been filed in Madras high court seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu government to implement pre-school education by introducing LKG and UKG in government schools. When petition by Parents Union for Students Educational Rights in Virudhachalam came up for hearing before a bench comprising Justice R Sudhakar and Justice K K Sasidharan, additional government pleader Sanjay Gandhi took notice. Petitioner submitted that most of the nursery or kindergarten schools were being run by private agencies and voluntary organizations which charge very high fees, which limited pre-school…

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