City schools refuse to hold ‘use­less’ tests Sev­eral women claim Trump groped them

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Pednekar puja.pednekar@hin­dus­tan­ HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ Pratik Salunke pratik.salunke@hin­dus­tan­

Sev­eral mi­nor­ity-run and in­ter­na­tional schools in Mumbai will not hold the mandatory com­pe­tency tests — to as­sess ba­sic skills of stu­dents from Classes 1 to 8 in first lan­guage and maths skills — on Oc­to­ber 19 and 20.

They have re­fused to con­duct the tests stat­ing they didn’t find them use­ful.

Com­pe­tency tests were in­tro­duced by ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Vinod Tawde last year and they were made com­pul­sory for schools of all boards and man­age­ments. The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment has stip­u­lated three tests for this year, while two were held last year. A base­line exam test­ing stu­dents on pre­vi­ous year’s syl­labus was con­ducted in July this year. The next test to be held in Oc­to­ber is sum­ma­tive in na­ture cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing stu­dents learnt in the first se­mes­ter.

Don­ald Trump’s re­marks that he had boasted about kiss­ing and grop­ing women but never in­dulged in such ac­tions has trig­gered a series of ac­cu­sa­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour, with at least five women say­ing he forced him­self on them.

Two Miss USA con­tes­tants have ac­cused the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee of walk­ing into a dress­ing room when they were naked while CBS News re­ported of a 1992 video that showed Trump, then 46, look­ing at a group of young girls and say­ing he would be dat­ing one of them in 10 years.

Ob­servers have said the lat­est al­le­ga­tions could deal another blow to the real es­tate mogul’s cam­paign in the af­ter­math of a 2005 video that fea­tur­ing him brag­ging about kiss­ing and grop­ing women.

Among the five women is Jessica Leeds, 74, a former busi­ness­woman, who told The New York Times that Trump groped her on a flight in the 1980s as they sat next to each other in first class.

The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) has sought a report from the Eco­nomic Of­fences Wing (EOW) in con­nec­tion with the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC)de­silt­ing scam to in­ves­ti­gate money-laun­der­ing al­le­ga­tions.

The EOW case is against con­trac­tors and civic of­fi­cials who were al­leged to have car­ried out shoddy clean­ing of storm wa­ter drains in var­i­ous parts of the city. ED will check the money trail in the case and have sought an FIR copy.

“We have sought a report from the EOW. We will ex­am­ine the case from a money-laun­der­ing point of view. We will look into how the money was spent and if any money was di­verted or si­phoned off by in­flu­en­tial peo­ple,” said a high-rank­ing ED of­fi­cer.

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