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Ramadan school timings announced by Ministry of Education

DUBAI // Public school days in Dubai and the Northern Emirates will be shortened to five hours during Ramadan, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday. Classes will last 40 minutes each with girls schools beginning at 9am and ending with the seventh period at 2.15pm. Boys schools will operate from 8am until 1.15pm, reported Aletihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National. Daily morning assembly will be cancelled during the holy month, but the first five minutes of the first period will be dedicated to the national anthem. All…

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts school choice, innovation in SLC while protesters gather

SLC summit ยป As protesters rally outside, DeVos says all key decisions should be made by states, not by the feds. Schools in the United States need to break free of the federal government’s “arcane” approach to education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Tuesday during a visit to Utah. Education needs new models, she said, like how video rentals gave way to streaming media. And families deserve a range of school options, like choosing between cellular service providers. “Washington [D.C.] has been in the driver seat for over…

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Maharashtra Bans Junk Food in School Canteens to Curb Obesity

The Maharashtra state government has imposed a ban on the sale of ‘High in Fat, Salt and Sugar’ (HFSS) food at school canteens across the state. With the rise of obesity cases among children, a measure such as this is crucial to curb the health issue and encourage kids to eat nutritious meals. The Government Resolution (GR) listed 12 categories of foods that cannot be sold in the school premises and it included items like potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizza, burger, cakes, biscuits, buns, pastries, etc. The GR…

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Delhi Government Orders Three-Day School Shutdown Over Smog

Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years. “Emergency measures are needed to solve this problem together,” state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said. “All construction and demolition in the city will be banned for next five days. All schools will be closed for the next three days in Delhi,” he added. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central…

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