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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.

Chilean police, students clash on eve of football fest

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up a large student protest that turned violent on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship.

Brazil sets 20 percent quota for black judges

Bras - Brazil has moved to correct a huge racial imbalance in its judiciary, reserving 20 percent of future judgeships for candidates who are black or of mixed race.

Sesame Street improves a child's school readiness

Research conducted by two economics professors suggests that Sesame Street has a positive effect on children's academic achievement.

German woman, 102, gets doctorate 77 yrs after Nazis blocked her

Hamburg - A 102-year-old woman received her doctorate from a German university Tuesday -- nearly 80 years after the Nazis prevented her sitting the final exam to officially obtain it. Pediatric expert Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport was presented with her Ph.D.

Famed Soviet children's camp in Crimea reopens

Simferopol - It was once the summer destination for the brightest and best of Soviet children but it slipped into disuse and decay after the Socialist empire crumbled.

Op-Ed: Museums - Overcoming the barriers that prevent access to culture Special

San Francisco - It started with a story on an exhibit at the Oakland Art Museum in California, but it led to a bigger issue than the Pacific Islander's cultural heritage and what it means to people today. Digital Journal has a conversation with art critic, Nancy Ewart.

French minister warns against 'militant secularity'

Paris - France's education minister on Monday warned against "militant secularity" in a country where a long-standing ban on veils, Jewish kippahs and other religious signs in schools continues to cause controversy.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

U.S. spelling bee ends in a tie — again

Oxon Hill - The world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the U.S. for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words.

U.S. indicts 15 Chinese in university cheating scam

New York - The United States has indicted 15 people from China with fraud and conspiracy over a four-year scam to fake entry tests into American universities in what campaigners warn is a wider problem.

Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Santiago - Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons Thursday to disperse stone-throwing students protesting what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.
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