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13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN

Amman - More than 13 million children are being denied an education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms.

Study finds school children would rather learn coding than French

A study of UK school children and parents has found most kids would rather be taught how to program than how to speak French. It follows the introduction of a compulsory computing curriculum by the government.

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

Vatican City - Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Student shot dead at U.S. university

Washington - A student died early Friday after being shot at a US university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus.

Parents: Keeping our homeschool rights Special

Children are going back to school soon. Some of them don't take the bus. Instead, they are educated at home. A new idea? Think again.

Malala top of the class in British school exams

London - Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education rights campaigner who came to Britain after the Pakistani Taliban tried to kill her, has scored high marks in national school exams, her father said Friday.

Saudi-led Yemen raid 'kills 13 teaching staff, four children'

Sanaa - A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 13 teaching staff and four children in northern Yemen, in a raid apparently targeting Shiite rebels, medics and witnesses said Thursday.

U.S. institutions dominate China ranking of top universities

US universities ruled the top 10 spots in a global ranking conducted by a Chinese research centre with Harvard taking the crown for the 13th year.

Indonesia school staff freed after abuse convictions quashed

Jakarta - A Canadian and an Indonesian jailed for sexual abuse at an elite Jakarta international school walked free from prison Friday to an emotional reception from supporters after unexpectedly being cleared.

Closed Ontario schools may be revived as new 'community hubs'

With nearly 20 percent of its school buildings at risk of closure, the Toronto District School Board is considering a plan that would transform underutilized buildings into publicly accessible community centers.

Russia orders libraries to ditch 'Nazi' books by British historians

Moscow - Russian officials have ordered libraries to remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Taiwan protesters vow to escalate action over student suicide

Taipei - Protesters who stormed Taiwan's education ministry after a student committed suicide vowed to escalate their action Friday as the government struggled to defuse the crisis sparked by "China-centric" changes to the school curriculum.

Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide

Taipei - Hundreds of protesters gathered in Taipei early on Friday calling for the education minister to resign after a student committed suicide, amid a deepening row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

ASU professor brings back spotlight on plagiarism

Author and educator Matthew Whitaker is once again accused of plagiarizing. Technology is making plagiarism easier to catch and easier to commit.

Hard lives of China's 'left behind' children

- Deep in the Chinese countryside, the lives of Liang Yuxiu and her brother Zhaolu epitomise the cost of decades of breakneck economic growth.

Mass murderer Breivik to study for degree behind bars

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree.

Turkish court annuls controversial Erdogan education law

Ankara - Turkey's constitutional court has annulled a controversial law closing private tutoring centres, many of which are run by the movement of US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen, the nemesis of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Cut '8 days of military spending' for universal education: Malala

Oslo - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged world leaders to cut "eight days of military spending" to give all children access to 12 years of free education.

BBC reveals the micro:bit computer — free for all UK children

The BBC has revealed the details of its new pocket-sized computer that will be given away free of charge to all 11- and 12-year-olds in the UK as part of the organisation's initiative to get more children interested in computers and coding.

Turkey 'restricts' Facebook, Twitter at schools

Istanbul - Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Can our toys make us healthier?

Where do you learn to be healthy? Apparently not in American schools. While general literacy rates are strong, public health literacy rates are lagging.

French students just couldn't 'cope' with this English exam

French students taking a baccalaureate English exam have petitioned online after they were stumped by a question that centred around the word "coping" which many did not know. It follows the Edexcel Maths fiasco in the UK earlier this month.

Reformist Iranian minister survives impeachment vote

Tehran - Iran's parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against impeaching the education minister, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hardliners.

Malala presses World Bank, UN to set goals on education

Washington - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai urged the World Bank and UN on Monday to raise the focus of education in their new millenium goals.

Rot could be to blame for U.S. balcony tragedy: Report

Los Angeles - Dry rot and overcrowding could be responsible for the collapse of a balcony at a California apartment building, sending six young Irish nationals plummeting to their deaths, media reports said Wednesday.

Ireland mourns balcony death students

Dublin - The Irish national flag flew at half mast and parliament was suspended Wednesday in tribute to the six young people who died when an apartment balcony collapsed during a 21st birthday party in California.

Pakistan's struggle to rein in rogue seminaries

Islamabad - Pakistan pledged to crack down on religious seminaries suspected of fostering extremism following a Taliban school massacre in December that left more than 130 children dead, but the move faces stiff resistance from conservatives.

Six Irish killed in California balcony collapse

Los Angeles - Six Irish nationals died in the early hours of Tuesday when an apartment balcony collapsed in the California university town of Berkeley, authorities said.At least seven people were injured, with some in critical condition, local media reported.

Kazakh man attempts to sit exam dressed as his girlfriend

A male student in Kazakhstan tried to help his girlfriend pass an important exam - by wearing a dress, wig and blouse, and trying to take the test for her.
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