The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has decided to revise the academic calendar for schools and colleges following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a 21-day lockdown from Tuesday midnight to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
The HRD ministry late Tuesday sent a circular to all the states and autonomous bodies such as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), asking them to work on an alternate academic calendar.
B.V.R.C. Purushottam, Private Secretary to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, confirmed this. “On the orders of the minister, we sent a circular to all the states and autonomous bodies last night. It was based on the orders of the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs),” he said. “Autonomous bodies and NCERT have been asked to draft alternate academic calendars.”
Schools affiliated to the CBSE traditionally begin their new sessions in the first week of April and then break for summer vacations in May or June depending on different schools and classes. The session then resumes between July and August. Many state boards also follow a similar calendar of completing exams before April, and declaring vacations from May before restarting in July.
This pattern, however, will have to be changed this year as schools cannot reopen in the first week of April due to the lockdown.
As far as higher education institutions are concerned, most institutes ensure a break in May, after finishing exams by April. The new session begins between late July and early August.
Sources in the government said discussions are on to consider the lockdown as a vacation period for schools and start the new session once the situation returns to normal. The modalities of the arrangement are still being worked out.
The official notice by cbse:-
CBSE extends application deadline for schools seeking CBSE affiliation
The Central Board of Secondary Education has released a notification regarding schools seeking CBSE affiliation announcing an extension of the application deadline. It has announced an extension of the application deadline for schools applying for a CBSE affiliation in view of the current Coronavirus lockdown.
Earlier, the last date for applications was March 31, 2020. But now, CBSE has extended the date to April 30.
As per the CBSE notification, the decision was taken after numerous representatives from such schools contacted the board asking for an extension of application submission date due to the problems being faced in services because of the Coronavirus lockdown.
HRD Ministry directs CBSE, NCERT, NTA to create new academic calendars
The Human Resource Development Ministry or the HRD Ministry has directed CBSE, NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) and NTA (National Testing Agency) to work on a revised schedule of examinations because of the current Coronavirus lockdown which has essentially cause the CBSE board examinations and all entrance exams and recruitment exams to be postponed.
As per an ANI report, the ministry also said that the autonomous bodies and NCERT should draft alternate academic calendars.
CBSE postpones class 10, 12 board exam
On March 18, 2020, the Central Board of Secondary Education, cbse, released a notification stating that the CBSE Class 12, 10 Board exams 2020 have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in India.
The decision comes after the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) ordered the board to postpone exams . The press release also said that During the aforementioned period, exams that were rescheduled to be held for the North-eastern candidates will also be further rescheduled.
STATE BOARD DECISIONS
The update from Gujarat:- Students of Gujarat schools to be promoted sans exams
The Gujarat government has decided to keep all schools closed and promote students of Classes 1 to 9 and 11 of the state board, as the annual exams this year could not be conducted due to the coronavirus crisis, officials said on Tuesday.
The decision to promote the students to higher standards was taken by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, said Ashwani Kumar, secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office.
The update from Kerala:- Kerala on Friday postponed Class 10 and Class 12 board exams over the coronavirus scare. This is probably the first time in history Kerala has postponed board exams, seen as an important event in a state that has near-universal literacy. It indicates the urgency in government preparations over preventing the virus spread.
The board exams in Kerala started on 10 March and were supposed to end on 26th, pending three exams for Class 10 and six for Class 12 next week. The decision to postpone was taken at a special meeting held by the state’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday.
University exams are also underway and respective boards will take a call on postponing them, local reports said.
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education had postponed all Class 10 and Class 12 board exams until 31 March.
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Education specific changes relating to the alert system
- From Tuesday 24 March, early learning services, schools and kura closed for most students.
- School holidays will start early, from 30 March to 14 April inclusive. During the holiday break, the Ministry of Education will support schools to develop e-learning and other distance learning options for Term 2.
- Tertiary providers are moving to full distance learning as quickly as possible.
Education information for international students
- The Ministry of Education website is the official source of information for New Zealand’s education sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. It has advice and information for students and their families including in simplified Chinese. It also has information for education providers and homestay families.
- For any other information that your tertiary education provider is unable to help with, call the Tertiary Education Commission on 0800 123 797.
- See information for international students on NauMai NZ and the ENZ WeChat account.
Information for education providers
- The Ministry of Education has advice on:
- International fee-paying students – enrolment and levies
- Schools considering or planning overseas trips
- Supporting international students:
- Supporting students’ learning when staying away
- Distance learning options
- Schools with homestay families
- School hostels.
- New Zealand Qualifications Authority has developed information and advice for providers who, as Code signatories, have important responsibilities to international students.
- The Tertiary Education Commission leads the Government’s relationship with the tertiary education sector and offers information for providers. www.tec.govt.nz.