5 December 2008 Source: BuaNews The efforts form part of the Foundation for Learning campaign, launched by Education Minister Naledi Pandor in March this year, which focuses on offering quality teaching and learning from grade one through grade six. The interventions included CCTV systems to monitor access and behaviour, the Hlayiseka programme to assist with the management of school safety, exploring humanitarian law to develop social awareness and civic responsibility, youth camps to instil positive values, example of a code of conduct to support extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills. The marking is scheduled to be complete by 11 December 2008, individual results will be released to all schools on the 29 December and Education Minister Naledi Pandor will officially release them on 30 December. In bid to ensure that the average learner obtains a 50% mark for mathematics and literacy by 2011, the Department of Education is taking steps to ensure that classrooms are adequately resourced and that teachers teach effectively and assess learner performance regularly. With the NSC, there are no longer higher grades and standard grades; only one grade of examination paper is set, and all learners must choose either mathematics or mathematical literacy. All learners also have to take Life Orientation, which is assessed internally. “The interventions also include sport for development to create sustainable extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills and legislation for drug testing to enable schools to test learners where reasonable suspicion exists,” the department said. National Curriculum Statement Hindle said 593 000 learners sat for this year’s exams, 28 225 more than 2007, with a number of them opting for the toughest subjects. Hindle said during 2009, the department would focus on monitoring the implementation and impact of the various school safety interventions, and provide support to teachers to facilitate effective discipline and behaviour management in the classroom. “Each school must ensure that every teacher has at least the basic minimum resources in the classroom as listed in the government gazette of 14 March 2008, [and] schools will put the core task of teaching at the centre stage, and all teachers are expected to be in their classes teaching planned lessons during contact time,” Education department director-general Duncan Hindle said in Pretoria this week. “The department reported that several interventions, which have been put in place to address the incidence of crime and violence at schools impacted positively on the incidence of crime, violence and vandalism in schools with some schools reporting change behaviour among the learners intervention,” he said. This year was the first time that all grade 12 learners in public schools wrote the same examinations, which are set on the new curriculum known as the National Curriculum Statement (NSC). Safety in schools
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The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued notices to the Haryana government and police in two cases — one involving the reported suicide of a rape victim at a police station in Yamunanagar and the other about the alleged detention and beating of a woman at a Gurugram police station. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on Wednesday, the NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of Haryana over the reported suicide by a complainant, alleging inaction in her rape case at the Jathlana police station. Seeking reports within six weeks, the NHRC also asked the DGP to inform it about the action taken against the police personnel involved. According to the reports, the victim had grown tired of repeated visits to the police station in her effort to seek justice. In another case, the NHRC issued a notice to the Gurugram Police Commissioner over reports of a 30-year-old woman who works as a maid, being detained, stripped and beaten up by police personnel at the DLF-I police station after being accused of theft on Tuesday. The police commissioner was asked to submit a detailed report within four weeks.
The alliance between the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was split wide open on Friday after the AIMIM expressed dissatisfaction over the seat-sharing arrangements. In a press release issued by the AIMIM’s State president Imtiaz Jaleel, the lone MP of the alliance, said the parties had failed to arrive at a comfortable seat distribution figure after discussions over two months. “The VBA has conveyed to us that it could allot us only eight of the 288 Assembly seats. This is simply unacceptable and unjustified as it does not include the seat of the sitting AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad Central,” said Mr. Jaleel, who held the Aurangabad Central seat before leaving it to contest the Lok Sabha election.He said Mr. Ambedkar had sent an email regarding this seat-sharing arrangement to Mr. Owaisi. Mr. Jaleel said AIMIM leader Dr. Gaffar Qadri, too, held a series of meetings with Mr. Ambedkar, the last one being in Pune as recently as Thursday.According to sources, the AIMIM had been demanding 100 seats. While open to compromise, the party’s leaders said the VBA’s offer of a paltry eight was “extremely unjust” in view of the fact that the lone MP of the alliance was from the AIMIM.“The MIM had contested 24 seats in the last Assembly polls and two of its candidates had been elected as MLAs from the Aurangabad and Byculla seats. The party had emerged second and third positions on nine seats… today the party has 150 corporators and councillors from different castes and communities with 26 corporators in the Auranagabd Municipal Corporation,” Mr. Jaleel said.While wishing the VBA “good luck”, he said irrespective of the state of the alliance, both parties were committed to taking up issues of the oppressed classes.Following Mr. Jaleel’s statement, VBA leaders said a call on the status of the alliance would be taken only by Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Owaisi.Ratan Bansode of the VBA said, “Asaduddin Owaisi had sent us a list of 17 seats the AIMIM wished to contest on. Preliminary talks are being held on these seats. We have received no communication or any letter from Mr. Owaisi on his party severing ties with us. Until we do so, the VBA still considers its alliance with the AIMIM as intact.”But AIMIM leader Anjum Inamdar told the The Hindu, “Mr. Jaleel’s statement has made clear that we are going it alone. How can the VBA say that Mr. Jaleel’s remarks lack weight? The elections are going to be held in the State and Mr. Jaleel is our State president.”The alliance between the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh— (Mr. Ambedkar’s original party name) — and the AIMIM was forged 11 months ago amid great fanfare. It queered the pitch for the Congress and NCP in a big way in the Lok Sabha elections by eating into their traditional Dalit-minority vote bank.While winning only one seat (that of Mr. Jaleel), the alliance managed several major upsets in the State by splitting votes that ensured the defeats of Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti in Hatkanangale, senior Congressmen Sushilkumar Shinde in Solapur and Ashok Chavan in Nanded, among others. Apart from Mr. Jaleel, the party currently has one legislator (Waris Pathan from Byculla in Mumbai) and nearly 140 corporators and councillors in civic bodies across the State, with a strong base in Aurangabad, Solapur, Nanded and Yavatmal districts.The first rumblings of discontent within the alliance came in June, soon after the Lok Sabha polls, with Mr. Ambedkar alleging that the lack of complete support from the Muslim community had proved to be the VBA’s undoing.Meanwhile, Mr. Jaleel said the party will soon release its schedule of interviews of prospective candidates, which would be held in Aurangabad.
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