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Startling pictures of cheating in HP school examinations

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KANGRA – Not long ago, like rest of India, people in Himachal were laughing and expressing concern for completely degraded educational standards of Bihar. Some pictures showing blatant cheating in examinations went viral on social media. Soon they reached mainstream media channels.

People were hanging precariously from window sills, perching on narrow ledges in order to pass cheating sheets & notes to students sitting inside examination halls.

Now, it’s their turn to laugh at Himachal for exactly the same reason. Some pictures have appeared in some dailies like Amar Ujala showing similar pictures of a Govt. School in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh.

According to the statement of the principle and other witnesses, over 50 people, which included friends and relatives of students, were wandering around the examination centre at Govt. Senior Secondary School Jwali in Kangra.

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The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOS) was conducting examination for compartment in English, Maths, Physics, Economics, and Accountancy.

Parents, relatives, and friends were seen exchanging cheating sheets through open windows.

Surprisingly, the principle of the school, GS Bagga, had already submitted a written application for security at the school as he was expecting it. However, the DSP provided only one homegaurd for security at this centre where 600 students were taking exams.

The DSP Jwali Dharm Chand Verma excused himself by saying that the school did not inform him about the severity of the situation on time. Otherwise, he would have definitely sent extra security to the school, claimed the DSP.

On the other hand, the HPSOB Secretary denied any report or complaint of cheating.

Most of the people will blame the students. But the students are not solely responsible. The standard of education at Himachal’s government schools has degraded to such an extent that students are forced to take the wrong path to pass examinations.

According to the annual Status of Education Report-2012 (ASER) for Himachal Pradesh:

The class V students, who could read class II level test, had gone down from 82.3 per cent in 2007 to 72.8 per cent in 2012. In the same period, the percentage of students in Class V, who could solve three digit problems, declined from 66.9 per cent to 48.7 per cent.

In April 2015, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) revealed:

In a state with 82.8 percent literacy, 20 per cent of Class 3 students in Himachal Pradesh’s government schools cannot identify alphabets or numbers. Moreover, 74 per cent of eighth standard students don’t have class-appropriate competence, says a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Additionally, 31 percent of schools in the state, catering to 118,036 students, are running from either one or two-room structures.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had put the blame on the decision of introducing grade system and abolish the examination culture. An article in Hindustan Times reported following statement from the CM:

In order to check the falling standards of education, the state has proposed to conduct examination of Classes 5 and 8 till continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) is implemented strictly in the state.

The HP Govt. is already facing criticism for startling drop in enrollment rate in Himachal’s Govt. Schools. The SSA report had also highlighted:

The number of children enrolled in government primary schools in the state has dropped by 2.5 lakh between 2004-05 and 2014-15, while there has been an increase of 1.75 lakh in enrolment in private schools.

The students with a weak base in subjects at primary and high school level are likely to find it hard to push through senior secondary examinations. So, it’ll not be justified to blame the students only. The government shares credit for such a shameful situation for the state of Himachal Pradesh.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal Reports 56 Coronavirus Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 60% Had No Comorbidities

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Shimla– On Friday Himachal Pradesh reported 56 deaths due to coronavirus infection taking the total number of casualties in the state to 1,780, according to official data released by the state government. This is the highest number of deaths in a day in the state so far. About 38 patients (over 60%) who succumbed to the infection had no other medical condition.

A total of 4,177 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported on Friday taking the total to 1,22,906.

In Kangra district, a total of 21 Covid-patients succumbed to the severe symptoms, reporting the highest number of casualties. Meanwhile, Sirmaur reported nine casualties followed by Solan district where eight patients died due to the infection.

The youngest patient who died of Covid-19 was a 20-year-old woman from the Mandi district. The patient was also reported to have comorbid pulmonary tuberculosis. One of the patients who died due to severe symptoms of Covid-19 was a 27-year-old woman from Sirmaur district who was pregnant with her second child.

Also Read: Coronavirus Claims Life of 12-Year-Old Boy in Himachal 

Today, a total of 15,495 samples were tested as compared to yesterday’s 18694. The state government had been directing officials to increase testing regularly, but the actual number hasn’t crossed 20,000 per day so far.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 7, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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A total of 122,930 people across the state have been sampled for coronavirus till now. Out of this test results of 5,234 people are awaited while.

After Backlash, HP Govt Increases Incentive for Health Staff

On Thursday, the state government decided to increase the incentive paid to the final year students from MBBS, nursing, and contractual doctors in Covid hospitals who will be roped in to boost the on-ground staff.

Earlier, the state government had announced that it will be paying Rs 3,000 per month to the Junior and Senior Resident doctors and fourth and fifth-year medical students while final year nursing students were to be paid Rs 1,500 per month for their duty in Covid wards. After facing much criticism, the state government has now increased the incentive to Rs 10,000 per month for fourth and fifth-year MBBS students, Junior and Senior Residents, and Contractual Doctors. For third-year Nursing students, the incentive has been increased to Rs 6,000, while Contractual Lab staff, and third-year General Nursing and Midwifery students will get Rs 5000 per month for their Covid duty.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Casualties for May 7, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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COVID-19 Helpline for Himachal Pradesh Launched

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government yesterday launched a dedicated Covid-19 Helpline at ‘Mukhyamantri Sewa Sanklap Helpline 1100 for facilitating the people regarding COVID-19 related issues.

The Information Technology Department informed that caller can call on toll-free number 1100 from 7 am to 10 pm for seeking help regarding COVID-19 related issues.

The call executive would register the complaint and contact the concerned authority for providing necessary help to the person regarding various issues such as test, vaccination, home quarantine, medicines, ambulance and oxygen etc.

Yesterday, the state had reported 45 COVID-19 fatalities and almost 4000 cases. The fatality list also included a 12-year-old boy from Solan district.

Also Read: Himachal Reports 3,942 New Cases, 45 Deaths from Coronavirus Including 12-Year-Old Boy in Last 24 Hours

Further, the government yesterday asked the district administration and police officials to ensure effective implementation of the corona curfew imposed in the wake of a sharp surge of Covid-19 cases in the State.

The government claimed that the state has sufficient production of oxygen but the only constraint was cylinders for transportation of the oxygen. Approval had been accorded for setting up laboratories at Una and Kullu for which Rs. seven crores had been sanctioned. The government said that it’s looking at possibilities for setting up of testing lab in three government universities and IIT Mandi.

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Himachal Reports 3,942 New Cases, 45 Deaths from Coronavirus Including 12-Year-Old Boy in Last 24 Hours

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 45 new fatalities due to coronavirus on Thursday taking the total death toll of the state to 1,724 according to official data provided by the government. Kangra district reported the highest number of deaths with 17 casualties in the last 24 hours while Shimla and Solan reported eight new fatalities separately.
 
On Friday the state’s total Covid cases reached 1,18,729 as 3,942 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours. There are currently 2,7,756 active cases of infection in the state. Solan district also reported a 12-year-old patient of coronavirus who died due to severe symptoms of Covid-19 that included acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The deceased had no other pre-exiting medical conditions, according to the health department. 

Today, a total of  18698 samples were taken. Till now the state has sampled a total of 15,90, 372 citizens in the state. The Covid test results of  12,630 people are still awaited. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 6, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Meanwhile, with the rising number of cases, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to impose a corona curfew effective from May 7 i.e. Friday. The curfew will come in effect from 6 am on May 7 to 6 am on May 17. During this period the state government will go ahead with its vaccination drives. Assembly of more than five people is not allowed under the curfew, however, in case of a wedding ceremony or a funeral up to 20 people can gather with the permission of the District Administration.

Also Read: HP Govt’s Corona Curfew Guidelines: Read What’s Allowed, What’s Not

With the spike in cases across the country, the government of Himachal Pradesh has introduced some precautionary measures for travellers planning to visit the state. For anyone who wants to travel to Himachal Pradesh during the curfew duration, a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours is mandatory. This rule is applicable for those travelling to the state by air, rail, and buses.

To boost the number of medical staff on the ground, the state government decided to rope in final year students from MBBS, nursing, and contractual doctors in Covid hospitals. According to a notification, the state will be paying an incentive of Rs 3,000 per month to the fourth-year medical students while final year nurses will be paid Rs 1,500 per month for their duty in Covid wards. On Thursday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also launched a dedicated Covid-19 Helpline at ‘Mukhyamantri Sewa Sankalp Helpline’ 1100 for facilitating people regarding covid related issues.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Casualties for May 6, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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