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Indian education can’t go online – only 8% of homes with young members have computer with net link

As an immediate measure to stem the spread of Covid-19, most educational institutions have been shut since the end of March. It is still difficult to predict when schools, colleges and universities will reopen. There are few options other than to shift to digital platforms from the traditional face-to-face mode of classroom learning. Teachers and school administrators have been advised ... Read More »

New Education Policy 2019: Key takeaways from the draft proposal – changes recommended summarized

Draft for the New Education Policy, NEP 2019 has been submitted to the Union Cabinet. The draft proposes radical changes to the system including overhauling the entire structure, extending RTE and 3 languages. New Education Policy 2019: Key takeaways  |  Photo Credit: PTI After years of wait, the Draft New Education Policy 2019 proposal has been submitted by the committee set ... Read More »

Social media addiction is not natural or normal – but is it really a disease?

 ‘Could anyone stand to live without a smartphone, in 2019, and to go without social media?’ Photograph: Richard Baker/Corbis via Getty Images Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational. It’s obvious that what social media does to us, especially those of us who are heavy users, is not natural, or normal. It’s not normal to submit ... Read More »

Centre wants to merge three school education schemes – but experts say it is not a good idea

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Resources Development hosted a national workshop for states on the merger of the three major Central schemes supporting education – the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for elementary school (Classes 1 to 8), the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan for secondary school (Classes 9 and 10) and the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Restructuring and Reorganisation of Teacher ... Read More »

Generation Z is starting university – but is higher education ready?

Change is coming and this new generation of students is leading it. Photograph: Alamy We all know that there’s a change coming in higher education, and it’s not only government agencies and Brexit driving it. A new digitally innate generation of students is just beginning to enter our universities, prompting the question: are we ready for this influx of industrious, ... Read More »

Kitchen gadgets review: animal mugs – it’s not right to pour boiling water over a cat’s head

As I sip, the cat’s ears rise to meet me. It should be cute, but isn’t. And who can drink that much tea? Photograph: Jill Mead for the Guardian What? Cat and dog mugs (£12, utilitydesign.co.uk). Porcelain bowl with handle and integrated interior statuette. Why? Miaow do you like your tea? One sugar, one hellish surprise? Well? OK, so these ... Read More »

Kitchen gadgets review: Fondoodler – the perfect device for our times

Kitchen gadget review / cheese gun / Rhik Samadder Photograph: Jill Mead for the Guardian What? The Fondoodler ($30, fondoodler.com) is a hollow cartridge and ratcheted plunger mounted in a nozzled pistol, with heated tip. Discharges cheese. Why? Want to eat food that looks like radioactive worm casts and will eventually kill you? You, my friend, are in luck. Well? ... Read More »

Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral

Illustration by Jasper Rietman Illustration: Jasper Rietman Countless decisions must soon be made about how Britain navigates the world, having cut itself adrift from the European Union. And alongside the obvious things like trade deals and immigration rules, we ought too to make choices about who and how we want to be as a society. What is Britain in the ... Read More »

Tackling abuse on social media is a monumental task – but billion dollar companies should be up to it

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies have faced criticism over their moderating CREDIT: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Much of the activity which makes up our lives online is conducted in public. The giant social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube – are all to some extent designed around similar principles; they thrive on open, instant, global participation. The processes of ... Read More »

Good luck to schools teaching sex and relationship education – I’m still learning

‘Exercise: If your partner wanted two tickets to Paris on a special occasion and instead received flowers from the local garage, how might they react?’ Photograph: Alamy Following the government announcement that there is to be a radical overhaul of sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools – largely to take into account new online developments – I thought I ... Read More »