Labour reveals its $4 billion education plan

Labour reveals its $4 billion education plan

Labour will pour an extra $4 billion dollars into the education sector over the next four years if it’s voted into Government this election. It’s promising to pump $1.8 billion into the industry to deliver more teachers and resources, provide better professional development and help the sector meet rising costs. Labour leader Andrew Little said “After years of underfunding for education including a funding freeze there’s no question that the teaching profession, the schools, the education system is under pressure.” As part of the party’s education manifesto early childhood centres…

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DU’s summer school helps poor students realise dreams of higher education

DU’s summer school helps poor students realise dreams of higher education

Delhi University’s pre-entrance summer school is a boon for poor students, who want to pursue higher education. The university provides free coaching to students belonging to the economically weaker sections, SC/ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), minorities and persons with disabilities (PwD) to prepare them for the postgraduate admissions tests. This year, the university is holding free classes in five disciplines – English, Law, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. The coaching, designed as a two-week course, started on June 7. The classes will end on June 19. The entrance exams for postgraduate courses…

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Education reforms: Rating by private bodies, 3-tier autonomy for institutions

Education reforms: Rating by private bodies, 3-tier autonomy for institutions

In a major reform, the government plans to outsource assessment and accreditation of the higher education institutions to private bodies and give full autonomy — academic, financial and administrative — to the top ranked institutions, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya told HT. This is part of the higher education reform package being finalised by the National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog and the HRD ministry. The Prime Minister’s Office in March had asked them to prepare a blueprint for higher education reform that breeds academic excellence in top institutions…

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India, the global destination for higher education: IIT Kharagpur alumni to organise conclave on June 10

India, the global destination for higher education: IIT Kharagpur alumni to organise conclave on June 10

Every year, India has an outflow of $16 billion as about 2.5 lakh Indian students leave for foreign shores to pursue higher education. At the same time, Indian universities and colleges attract just 42,000 international students, as against the US with nearly 10.5 lakh students, UK with five lakh and China with about four lakh. Even France and Australia have about three lakh foreign students each. There’s an urgent need to reinvent India as a study destination for international students as it has the potential to bring in an estimated…

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Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

What a week it’s been for education news. Let’s begin NPR Ed’s weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday … DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump’s long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn’t happen. Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children’s National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy. “It’s fitting that we’re in Indiana, one of the states that is providing real…

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As student debt rises worldwide, an education crisis could be on the horizon

As student debt rises worldwide, an education crisis could be on the horizon

Richard Bouhet/ AFP Higher education contributes to unprecedented student loan debt challenges in both developed and developing countries. College costs are rapidly rising, and student loan debts have reached disquieting record levels for both graduates and governments. Most recent college graduates are burdened with heavy loan debt for years, with many delinquent on repayment. In the United States, for example, some 7 million borrowers, or 14%, are in default, having gone at least a year without a payment on their federal student loans. One in four European Union citizens who…

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Nicola Sturgeon ‘determined’ to improve education

Nicola Sturgeon ‘determined’ to improve education

Nicola Sturgeon has said that falling literacy standards in Scottish schools made her “utterly determined” to press on with education reforms. The latest Scottish survey of literacy and numeracy showed reading and writing skills have declined. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson asked whether the first minister was “embarrassed, ashamed or both” by the statistics. Ms Sturgeon said she would “carry on with the changes we’re making”. The literacy statistics, which were published by the Scottish government on Tuesday, showed that fewer than half of Scotland’s 13 and 14-year-olds are able…

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Polk education officials urge veto on ‘hurtful’ budget

Polk education officials urge veto on ‘hurtful’ budget

Polk County school officials called the Florida Legislature’s budget “hurtful,” “unconscionable” and “impossible for us to afford services for our schools to operate properly.” BARTOW — Polk County school officials called the Florida Legislature’s budget “hurtful,” “unconscionable” and “impossible for us to afford services for our schools to operate properly.” Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd issued a statement late Monday evening just hours after the Legislature passed its $82.4 billion budget, which is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. “I’m appealing to the public like never before to understand…

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Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Is she or isn’t she? Retired Canto-pop singer Agnes Chan Miling has been rumoured to be the next education minister. Then she told veteran journalist Man Cheuk-fei that she had never been approached for the top post. I have no idea if Chan – who has a PhD in education from Stanford University – would be suitable for the job. But after five years of Eddie Ng Hak-kim, anyone who has not been lobotomised would make a better education secretary. Singer Agnes Chan never received invitation to join new Hong…

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Aust helping India’s big education dream

Aust helping India’s big education dream

  Over the next five years, India has an ambitious goal to educate a cohort of people which is 16 times the size of Australia’s entire population. Both countries see enormous potential for Australian universities and its training sector in helping India upskill 400 million people. Already Australia is the second most popular destination for Indian students, behind the United States, with more than 60,000 studying down under in 2016. A large delegation of education representatives, led by Education Minister Simon Birmingham, is in New Delhi this week to look…

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