Petition to Ramesh Pokhriyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Supriya Sule, Prof M.V. Rajeev Gowda, Dr. Md Jawed
Increase Union Budget for Education #SpendOnEd
I am Bandana, a 16-year-old Dalit girl from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. When I was 14 years old, I had a hard choice to make: keep going to school or help provide for my family by working during school hours. To meet family obligations, I had no choice but to drop out of school. In my village, there is no government school or free education beyond Class 8, so most girls end up as child laborers or child brides and face a life of endless exploitation. Poor families like mine can’t afford private schools — and it’s even worse for girls. Most families believe it is too dangerous to send their daughters to a school outside the village when there is no safe transportation. Many girls have been molested and harassed by boys while walking and cycling to a school far from my home. Currently, the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 only guarantees free and compulsory schooling for children up to age 14. Once we turn 14 and complete Class 8, our access to education ends. I’m not the only girl this impacts — almost 40% of girls ages 15 to 18 are not in school. Education is critical to every girl’s future. The only way to make sure all girls have access to education is by ensuring the extension of the RTE Act up to higher secondary level and also ensuring that more money is spent by the government to build secondary schools in every village. Sign my petition. Thankfully, after two years out of school, I got a second chance. Social workers helped me enroll in a private school and persuaded my family to let me attend. But I still struggle to cover my school expenses. I still need to work after school and on weekends to support my family of six. This doesn’t leave me any time to complete my homework. I have started this petition asking our Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to increase contribution to education from public resources and give a clear financial roadmap to reach 6% of GDP (long- standing national commitment, reaffirmed in the NEP) — so that all children can receive free education up to the higher secondary level. Sign my petition if you truly believe in the idea of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. A recent study conducted in my village and also other places to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, found that most children were unsure about whether they will return to school, 37% children did not answer the question or said they didn’t know, pointing to high uncertainties of education. Hence in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the right time to operationalise National Education Policy’s Gender Inclusion Fund (as also the Inclusion Fund for other marginalised groups) to support school reopening and re-enrolment in the immediate term and ensure that secondary education is made free for all children by extension of the RTE Act up to 18 years. If the government fulfils its promise of allocating 6% of GDP on education, there would be a secondary school in villages like mine. Thousands of girls like me, who have suffered a loss in learning days because of the COVID-19 pandemic would be able to return to schools and would grow up with skills that can contribute to the development of our nation. Join me in sending a message so that I don’t have to watch any more of my sisters lose their right to education. ___This petition is being led by RTE Forum.
Petition to Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Government of India, Arvind Kejriwal
MHRD seeks our opinion. Please let them know loud & clear - NO VACCINE, NO SCHOOL.
Dear Parents and Guardians, As MHRD seeks our opinion and we tried to convey our message loud and clear in the past. No school until a vaccine. It's time to share the same views again. We have around 9 lakhs signed petitions so far. And we want you all to share this petition again so that it reaches them. Doesn't matter if you have already signed it, please share this as much as possible in all the platforms. A child is a child, no different rules for middle or senior school children.Please don't ignore thinking that at the end of the day it's our call. Yes, that's true, we won't be sending our kids even if they open the schools. But we are equal stakeholders and schools should listen to us and as the Government asked for our opinion, we must tell them. Please keep fighting with us. Opening of schools will be the worst decision by the Government. It's insane. It's like playing with fire when we ought to douse it with full force. The parents should fight against this stupidity with tooth n nail, not a single child to be sent to the schools for their own safety. Sign this petition. The current academic session should continue in e-learning mode. If the schools claim that they are doing a good job via virtual learning then why not continue it for the rest of the academic year. I am not sure who would send their kids to the school no matter what the school says in terms of measures they want to take like social distancing, sanitiser, etc. They are least bothered for the risk of the kids. Sad state of affairs!! Stand with us, as we raise our voices for the safety of our children. Sign and share this petition asking for no school for children. -VOICE OF THOUSANDS OF PARENTS
Petition to Maharashatra CM, Education Department, #MHRD.GOV.in
Maharashtra CM : Make an announcement in Reduction & Deferment of School Fees !
I live in Mumbai, an expensive city of India and work as an Investment Banker. Quite stable earnings and good survival so far, but current situation is same for me as its for all. Some of us had already received a mail with salary cut & some are about to receive a termination. As entire world is fighting against Covid-19 & tough economic conditions, Government and Private Employees have taken a cut in their salaries. But I am surprised from last many days, as new session for my kids has begun (though online classes only so far). Already there was an anger against the schools in Mumbai as Tuition Fee is on hike streak every year by 15-20%, my Son study in class 4 and this year will get into 5th . As per School circular in Feb , current session fee was hiked by 15%. Above all ,I am receiving continuous messages & calls from School to pay the dues, including fee for Books and Dresses. I am surprised and disappointed on the insensitivity of School management in this critical time. When most of us are busy in fighting the Corona & fighting the survival, these school administration is giving us another harassment of paying fee on time and with premium of the year. I request Maharastra CM for taking appropriate action against school management and instructing them to match the fee cut inline with reduction in income to coup up with ongoing conditions.
Petition to Prakash Javadekar, K. P Anbalagan, Narendra Modi
Retain normalization of marks for Class 12 CBSE
The Central Board of Secondary Education has announced their intention to do away with the process of normalization of marks with effect immediately. This comes as a shock to students across the country as many had pinned their hopes on this process to salvage decent marks in the papers that went awry. This sudden decision by the CBSE is rash and irrational, considering the fact that the physics paper was one of the toughest physics papers ever set by the CBSE. Removal of normalization would cause a lot of students to have abysmal scores in comparison to previous years. This would have an adverse affect on the overall percentage of the student. When compared to the exorbitant marks offered by the state boards, removal of normalization would result in a large parity between CBSE students and students of different state boards. These marks largely determine the future prospects of a student. Low marks in class 12 would be a huge dent in the CV of a student. We request CBSE to retain the normalization procedure as removing it would be equivalent to denying equal opportunities to all students. The CBSE can implement this change from the next academic year with proper planning instead of rushing into it this year.
Petition to Amity International School
Deferment of School Projects
Dear Principal Ma’am As you are aware these are unprecedented challenging times,where most of the families have someone or the other either battling Covid 19 or having lost to it .Tough times not just for our country but also for the entire human race! We are somehow managing to survive with bare minimum of what we have right now with all our might and our emotions are running high. Amity’s expectation of compelling children to work in groups and make innovative projects is not echoing our sentiments currently.The school should give some thought before loading children and parents with project work such as Vasudha.These activities are done with an objective of building team work, and enhancing creative thought processes amongst kids under the guidance of their teachers , with the support of their parents. Unfortunately at the moment it's a burden on the child as well as on the parent. We really do not see any constructive output out of it this year except frustrations to perform and deliver on time . Last year you made an appeal to us parents to support the school and its workforce financially through timely payments of fees and dues . This year we also seek support from the school to let the storm pass away before giving us another task to perform. Let us channelise our energies and focus on fighting the disease first not just physically but also mentally . Kindly defer these activities until the situation is under control and manageable for all.Hoping that our voices are heard by the school management and the rules for compassion as well as cooperation are followed in a bilateral manner Wishes and regardsParents of standard 6th
Petition to Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Mandatory inclusion of Mental Health education in the curriculum of all schools in India
India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and the largest population of adolescents in the world. Issues such as growing aggression and violence, gender issues, anxiety disorders , major depressive disorders peer pressure, substance abuse, social exclusion, bullying etc. are increasing at an alarming rate which declares a state of urgency to act. According to a WHO study in 2015, 56,675,969 people suffer from depression in India, which is about 4.5% of India's population. Another study shows, 65% youth between the age group of 22-25 show early signs of depression and yet another WHO study tells us 1 in 4 children in the age group of 13-15 years in India suffer from depression. India has the highest suicide rate in the world for the 15-29 age group , depression being a major cause. These findings reinforce the need to increase awareness of the importance of mental well-being. A comprehensive curriculum will equip the youth to use the information to promote and maintain good mental health. It will help in sensitizing them about mental health issues and eliminating stigma that surrounds it. Awareness of mental health issues will also help them to recognize the need of professional intervention, if needed. From the statistical point of view, the Indian student population today is the largest in the world at around 315 million, of which around 120 million students are in the age group of 18-22 years. However, our education system lacks in providing social and emotional learning and strategies that promote positive mental health. Hence, we all need to take an initiative Students, parents and employers all benefit from good education. But they lack the voice to press for change. However, it’s high time we take an initiative and be a force of positive change. Please sign this petition so that we can get our voices heard. If we are able to gather a considerable number of signatures, it will show a potential commitment to the decision makers involved, who in our case, is the HRD Ministry, Ministers of State for school education and higher education. It will bring to their notice the need for a change in the existing education system. Signing a petition on change.org is very simple. If you are using your phone to sign the petition, then please click on the red “Sign This Petition” button at the bottom of your screen. Then enter your first name, last name and email id. Providing this information will help us keep you updated with the progress we are making regarding this cause. If you are using your laptop or desktop to sign the petition, “Sign This Petition” button can be found in the top right corner of your screen. Please enter your first name, last name and email address and click on “Sign This Petition” button. For first time users, no additional steps are required. However, if you already have a change.org account, you may need to sign in to your account before you can sign the petition. Please don’t forget to share this petition with your family and friends on other social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. This will help us increase our reach and momentum. That’s it! And you would have taken a great step towards making our future brighter than ever.
Petition to Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK STALIN, Higher Education minister of Tamil Nadu, Vice chancellor of anna university
We need a Break from online classes and exams!
The covid-19 situation is getting worse. Many of our classmates and their family members are getting affected by this pandemic. Many are missing classes and exams.We are receiving bad news everyday. We are doing this Online Mode of learning for almost a year. IT IS EXHAUSTING!!! Amid all this, Staffs are rushing to complete the syllabus before the deadline, we are given assignments, exams without a gap and it is stressing out all the students. We are not blaming anyone here! Many staffs are taking online classes inspite of the heavy stress and health issues.It is very difficult to conduct online classes and now it's becoming very difficult to attend them as well. We are requesting the authorities to postpone all the classes and exams for atleast 15 Days. Mental Health>>>>Education #WE NEED A BREAK
Petition to 10th SSLC students
No SSLC exam for class 10 Karnataka 2021
Due to this covid pandemic a majority of students did not have any means of online classes in the rural areas. Through online classes not many have understood concepts. We request the Karnataka Education Board to cancel 10th SSLC exam just like it's done in the other states of India. The covid cases are rising rapidly so it's our sincere request to cancel the exam.