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As India faces a a steep shortage of teachers it plans to rope in NRIs to fill the void. Government schools are falling short of 9.5 lakh teachers and the human resource department has introduced  MyGov app to meet the shortage .
Prospective teachers are requested to apply through this app to teach at government schools.
The HRD has planned to bring in the NRIs and the indian diaspora to provide part time services in the teaching department .
This move has made the government face a lot of flak from the critics.
They see this act as a violation of the Right To Education Act and as an elaborate ploy to introduce RSS volunteers through the scheme. While the ministry has argued that the sole purpose of this move was to provide international exposure and new learning tools to benefit under privileged children.

The mobile app will be available in the first week of April and will have a separate link for interested NRIs to register themselves in the program.
These volunteers will be involved in part time teaching and the government hopes that the influx of NRIs can help in improving spelling , grammar and reading skills of the students.

However critic Anita Rampal has accused the government of informalising education and weakening the school education system. “These schemes will only benefit the young people who want to aspire to work in the social sector. They can work in these institutions, flaunt it in their resumes and go abroad to seek jobs in the social sector,” she said.
“Let those aspiring to volunteer acquire basic training. The states should maintain the data and use their services as and when required,” added Rampal.

The scheme is not just looking for NRIs but retired school teachers or other members of the civil society as well.A meeting was held on february 8 asking all state partners to engage in the scheme , which they accepted .

The sector has argued that instead of looking for untrained NRIs the government should focus on the RTE and accelerate the filling of vacancies . According to the RTE all posts were to be filled till 2015
Critic ambrish rai stated “Instead of focusing on filling in these posts, the government is seeking volunteers. This is defeating the whole concept of RTE,”
Rai has also questioned the governments move of bringing in NRIs when there is a heap of unemployed educated youth in the country .
“There are young people waiting to get jobs. Why don’t we train them and fill the shortfall? Getting NRIs is no solution to the education problem,” he added.

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Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform

Microsoft buys student video discussion platform Flipgrid

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Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform
Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform. Pixabay

As part of its attempt to win over students and educators, Microsoft has acquired video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by more than 20 million teachers and students across the world.

“Thrilled to welcome @Flipgrid to Microsoft!” Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, tweeted on Monday.

“To bring the power of video-based social learning to everyone, we’ll be making Flipgrid free for all educators and offering prorated refunds to everyone who has purchased a subscription from Flipgrid in the last year,” said Eran Megiddo, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Education.

Representational image.
Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

Flipgrid was created with the aim of helping educators recast the role of video in the classroom, from a passive experience to a tool that empowers and amplifies every student’s voice.

“Fans of Flipgrid can rest assured the Flipgrid they know and love, in joining Microsoft, will continue to grow and thrive across the Microsoft, Google and partner ecosystems, all the while retaining its distinct brand, culture and team,” Megiddo added.

Also Read: Microsoft’s Android Launcher Now Lets You Track Your Kid’s Location and App Usage

For Microsoft, which is facing increased competition in the classroom from both Apple and Google in recent years, the acquisition of Flipgrid is the latest in its effort to appeal to students and teachers, The Verge reported.

Microsoft has been improving its Office 365 for education offerings, and also overhauling its web versions of Office to be more modern and faster to use for collaboration, the report added. (IANS)

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