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Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Win, but Still Lose

Today at 17:49 PM, via New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is denying huge batches of relief requests from students whose schools defrauded them. Even those who aren’t denied are getting very little — or sometimes nothing.

Myths around further education policy and student targets | Letters

Today at 17:35 PM, via The Guardian

David Blunkett reacts to Gavin Williamson’s comments about graduates in non-graduate jobs. Philip Knowles points out that the target was for 50% of young people to go into higher education, not just university

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has taken what is now a familiar sideswipe at British higher education, while quite correctly lauding the importance of developing further...

South Africa: CEM Slams Attempts to Disrupt Schooling

Today at 16:44 PM, via AllAfrica

[] The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) has noted with disappointment ongoing sporadic attempts by political and civic organisations to disrupt learning at some schools around the country.

Nigeria: WAEC Reacts to Nigeria’s Embargo On WASSCE

Today at 14:51 PM, via AllAfrica

[Premium Times] The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has reacted to the abrupt U-turn made by the federal government on the resumption of schools across the country, and its earlier announcement of dates for the commencement of the 2020 May/June diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

US universities are charging full fees for ‘virtual’ class this fall. This is absurd | Ross Barkan

Today at 10:30 AM, via The Guardian

Schools with huge endowments are pretending remote learning is the same experience. Give students a break

Colleges and universities are in an unprecedented bind. Coronavirus continues to rage in many parts of America, making the sort of communal gatherings that are hallmarks of collegiate life outright dangerous. Lecture halls, libraries, football games and dorm-room parties can all be...

What kind of revolution can follow the Tories’ education crisis?

Yesterday at 21:44 PM, via The Guardian

Too popular, too hopeless, too dead-end – Gavin Williamson awards low marks to England’s universities during adult learning speech

Gavin Williamson was aware of at least one thing in his speech today in which he promised a revolution in England’s further education sector. “A lot of education secretaries across the years have said they want to support further education,” he told an empty...

Importing Germany’s dual education system is easier said than done

Yesterday at 20:00 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson is the latest of many politicians to express admiration for the German system

Germany’s culture of dual educational and vocational training programmes has never been short of admirers, including British education secretaries of the present and the past, the Chinese communist party and the daughter of the current US president.

Related: Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young...

‘The prize of all prizes’: Teacher Kate Clanchy’s memoir wins Orwell award

Yesterday at 19:30 PM, via The Guardian

Judges praise Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, which draws on three decades working in schools, as ‘moving, funny, and full of love’

Kate Clanchy’s “moving and powerful” memoir about working as a teacher in the state education system, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, has won the Orwell prize for political writing.

Clanchy, a writer and poet who has been a teacher for 30...

Sunak’s jobs plan must be backed by childcare funding, say MPs

Yesterday at 17:56 PM, via The Guardian

Chancellor declined to offer financial help to nurseries in summer statement

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MPs have issued a fresh plea to Rishi Sunak to offer more financial support to the struggling childcare sector, after he failed to take action in Wednesday’s summer statement.

The chancellor declined to offer more financial help to nurseries and other...

Gavin Williamson to ditch target of sending half of young people in England to university – video

Yesterday at 17:35 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson has criticised the idea of wanting half of all young people to go on to higher education. The education secretary said he wanted to see a revolution in further education and vocational training in England and challenged the ‘inbuilt snobbishness about higher being somehow better than further, when really, they are both just different paths to fulfilling and skilled...

Welsh minister: all pupils will be at school in September

Yesterday at 17:26 PM, via The Guardian

State schools will be fully open with only limited social distancing within classes

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All state school pupils in Wales are set to return to classrooms on 1 September and will be taught within “contact groups” of around 30 children, with only limited social distancing.

The scientific group advising the Welsh government has recommended...

Sudan: South Darfur Teachers Down Chalk Over Unpaid Dues

Yesterday at 17:18 PM, via AllAfrica

[Radio Dabanga] Nyala — On Wednesday, dozens of teachers who were appointed within the National Project for the Employment of Graduates in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, organised a vigil in front of the state Ministry of Finance in protest against the non-payment of their increased salaries for June.

Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young people in England going to university

Yesterday at 14:37 PM, via The Guardian

Education secretary sets out plans to abandon target introduced by Tony Blair in 1999

The goal to have at least half of England’s young people going on to higher education is to be “torn up” by the government, the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said, ending a policy first pledged by Tony Blair in the 1990s.

The Department for Education said Williamson “will tear up the target to...

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