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Shimla school alleged of practicing untouchability, Students made to sit in separate rows during mid-day meals



Castesim in Shimla school

SHIMLA- The issue of discrimination with school kids on the basis of caste has surfaced again in Himachal Pradesh. Children of a government primary school at Moolkoti in Mashobra near Shimla were allegedly made to sit in separate rows as per their caste when they were served mid-day meals.

Taking note of these incidents, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh had directed the schools to serve mid-day meals to children as per the roll numbers to avoid caste-based discrimination, but several schools in different areas have ignored the directions.

Sant Sri Ravidas Dharam Sabha state president Karam Chand Bhatiya said they received a complaint about discrimination around five days back. Along with Mashobra’s ward-8 panchayat samiti member Shanti Devi, they took up the issue with Himachal Pradesh governor Acharya Devvrat and presented him a memorandum.

The governor also assured us to set up an inquiry on the issue. Some officials from HP directorate of elementary education reached the school for an inquiry, but no action has been taken so far,

Bhatiya claimed.

He said after this incident was reported, people from Karsog and other areas have told them about similar issue. But these incidents don’t hog the limelight as these happen in far flung areas.

Even this incident was highlighted much later as some higher caste residents threatened dalits to stay quiet on issue or else face consequences,

he added.

Social activist and National Congress Party’s Shimla district president Ravi Kumar Dalit said it is not the Moolkoti school alone where teachers are discriminating with children, the practice of untouchability still exists in areas such as Junga, Rampur, Kotgarh near Shimla.

The incident was highlighted six days back, but no action has been taken yet. We want an FIR to be registered and the culprits practicing untouchability be punished,

he added.

Denying the allegations, Moolkoti school’s headmaster Mool Raj Verma said there was no truth in the claims.

An inquiry on the issue has been held. It will clear that we are not at fault and school has not practised any discrimination, he added.

Shimla deputy director (elementary education) Rakesh Vashishta said Mashobra block education officer (BEO) Pyare Lal Sharma visited the school after they receiving the complaint, but claims to have found any discrimination in the school after inquiry.

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10



HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE



hp bose board exams 2020-21

Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

HP SOS Examination Eligibility Criteria

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 



Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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