Foreign university falls foul of new Hungarian law

Hungarian flag flying on flagpoleThe Hungarian parliament has given the green light to legislation that could mean the closure of a popular foreign university campus.

The country is exerting tighter regulation over its foreign seats of higher education, and now requires that they must have a campus in their country of origin. Read more ›

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Participant numbers discrepancy in recent teachers’ strike in Poland

Grey and red megaphoneA teachers’ strike over pay and conditions took place across Poland on 31st March.

The Polish Teachers’ Association – the largest teaching union in the country – organised the demonstration. Amongst its demands are a ten per cent salary increase, plus Read more ›

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Denmark wants more English language vocational graduates to stay at home

Danish flag on flagpoleThe Danish Ministry of Higher Education will reduce the number of students on English language programmes to prevent so many leaving the country after completing their studies.

The target is to cut one in four places on English language vocational courses, meaning that there will be 1,600 fewer places in 2017 compared to 2015.

Currently, one in five graduates from these courses remains in Denmark two years after they qualified.

Education Minister Søren Pind said of the situation: “We can see that the number of foreign students that come here to get an education paid for by Danish taxpayers has increased sharply in recent years. But there are far too few staying and contributing to Denmark afterwards. So we need to make a reduction in admissions.”

Read more here from The Local

https://www.thelocal.dk/jobs/article/denmark-to-reduce-english-language-student-numbers

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Primary children to be taught in native languages in Dutch schools

Word cloud of hello in different languagesThe Netherlands’ ministry of education has issued guidance to all primary schools stating that migrant children should be taught in their own native languages to help them feel more confident and settled.

Speaking in a radio interview, one of the authors, Maaike Hajer, said that it was important to give pupils this early boost. Read more ›

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Rwandan ICT project for girls goes continent-wide

Computer screen showing program codeRwanda’s project to inspire girls to get involved with technology has been a huge success, so much so that it has now expanded to the whole African continent.

Ms Geek Rwanda is an initiative designed to encourage girls to get their hands on IT and use it to “address societal problems through newly-created applications”.

Now, the project will roll out across Africa, as the Girls in ICT Rwanda organisation enters a partnership with Smart Africa to launch the first Ms Geek Africa.

The competition will be intense, with only the best girls from the 17 participating countries being selected to represent their country. These finalists will take part in a week-long development programme to prepare them for a final day of competition before the judges.

Read more here from New Times
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2017-03-26/209569/

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Egypt takes steps to ensure no exam paper leaks this year

Multiple choice exam paper and pencilAhead of the exam season in Egypt, the education ministry is proposing a strict measure to protect against the exam paper leaks that occurred last year.

It has proposed that the military will help keep the papers secure and will also print the test papers as well as assist in blocking mobile phone signals to examination rooms. Read more ›

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Corporal punishment in Zimbabwe’s schools set to end

Adult telling a child offZimbabwe’s High Court has recently ruled that children should not be undergo corporal punishment at school – or be beaten for punishment at home.

Justice David Mangota said that the widespread practice is unconstitutional and the new ruling will forbid striking children at all, even for disciplinary purposes. Read more ›

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Computer coding to be introduced in Swedish primary schools

White, flat, laptop keyboardSweden’s government is introducing changes to the curriculum to ensure its youngest pupils get on board with tech as soon as possible.

From next year, primary school pupils will being to learn computer coding as part of the drive to improve young people’s digital competence. Read more ›

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Striking lecturers receive no February pay in Kenya

The University of Nairobi has not paid salaries to any of its lecturers who took part in the ongoing strikes during February 2017.

The strikes were provoked by non-agreement between lecturers and the university over a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Read more ›

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Language checks proposed for Danish bilingual toddlers

Two small girls Danish children with a bilingual background should be tested on their Danish language skills at the age of two, says the Social and Children’s Minister.

Mai Mercado says that young children who speak additional languages in the home are at a disadvantage when it comes to keeping up with Danish classes in school. Read more ›

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