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As the virus deepens Haiti's schooling gap, some fight back

Port-au-prince - When Haiti's pandemic-shuttered schools re-open for classes on Monday, the growing chasm between the country's rich and poor students will be on painfully clear display.

Masks on as German children start new school year under virus cloud

Rostock - Lunchbox, books, pencil case -- masks? Thousands of children in northern Germany became the first in Europe to begin a new school year on Monday after months of curtailed hours over the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks on as German children start new school year under virus cloud

Rostock - Thousands of children in northern Germany became the first in Europe to begin a new school year on Monday, with the rest of the country watching anxiously as full-time classes began after months of curtailed hours over the coronavirus pandemic.

Digital based language courses boom during lockdown

A boom has occurred within the e-learning sector, in relation to digital-based language courses. a new survey, based on U.K. habits, has shown a general increase as well as spotlighting the most popular languages to learn.

Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist

Fpo - A prominent Hong Kong democracy activist vowed Wednesday to appeal his sacking by a top university as city leaders and education chiefs were accused of failing to defend academic freedoms under Beijing's tightening grip.

University sacks Hong Kong protest leader loathed by China

Fpo - A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist said Tuesday he had been fired by his university after he served jail time for taking part in protests, a move that was hailed by China's office in the city.

In Kashmir, the hills are alive with the sound of schooling

Srinagar - Sitting cross-legged and hunched over her textbooks in a lush meadow surrounded by mountains and pine trees, Tasleem Bashir can hardly contain her joy at being back at school.

'Virtual kidnappings' warning for Chinese students in Australia

Sydney - Elaborate "virtual kidnappings" are being used to extort money from the friends and relatives of Chinese students Down Under, Australian police warned Monday, after a spate of transnational scams were reported.

Hong Kong academics fear for freedom under new security law

Fpo - China's new security law has sent a chill through Hong Kong's schools and universities with many teachers fearful the city's reputation for academic freedom and excellence is now at risk.

US rescinds order denying visas for foreign students

New York - The United States government rescinded its controversial decision to revoke foreign student visas whose courses move online due to coronavirus, a federal judge said Tuesday.

In crisis-hit Lebanon, will French-language schools survive?

Zahl - Inside the French-language school she has run for years in east Lebanon, Sister Colette Moughabghab welcomed parents devastated by the news the century-old establishment was locking up its classrooms.

California to sue over Trump order revoking foreign student visas

Los Angeles - California is suing US President Donald Trump's administration over its policy threatening the visas of foreign students whose courses move online due to coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

New York - Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

New York - Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese students take virus-delayed college entrance exam

Bejing - Nearly 11 million stressed-out Chinese students began taking the country's gruelling annual college entrance exam on Tuesday following a month-long coronavirus delay, with inspectors this year checking both for cheaters and fevers.

HK govt tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Fpo - Hong Kong's government on Monday ordered schools to review and remove any books that might breach a sweeping new security law that Beijing imposed last week on the restless city.

Brazil education minister resigns over CV 'lies'

Bras - Brazil's education minister resigned Tuesday only five days after he was appointed, amid accusations that he lied over his academic record.

Japan university awards first-ever ninja studies degree

Apo - Japan has produced its first ninja studies graduate after Genichi Mitsuhashi spent two years honing his martial arts skills and absorbing the finer traditions of the feudal martial arts agents.

A quarter-billion children getting no education: UN

Paris - Nearly 260 million children had no access to schooling in 2018, a United Nations agency said in a report Tuesday that blamed poverty and discrimination for educational inequalities that are being exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak.

Targeted in probe, Brazil ex-minister heads to US

Bras - Brazil's ex-education minister Abraham Weintraub, a top ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, drew accusations of fleeing investigation Monday when he tweeted his thanks to the "dozens of people" who helped him leave for the United States.

Brazil's controversial education minister resigns

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's education minister, Abraham Weintraub, announced his resignation Thursday after finding himself embroiled in a series of controversies and scandals.

China urges students to be 'cautious' in Australia as row escalates

Bejing - China told students on Tuesday to be "cautious in choosing to study in Australia" citing concerns about the coronavirus and racism, further ramping up diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra.

No students in school without virus vaccine, Philippines says

Manila - Tens of millions of children in the Philippines will not be allowed back to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available, officials announced Monday, saying they may have to broadcast lessons on TV.

Pandemic could cost Australian universities $11 bn: lobby group

Sydney - Australian universities could lose up to US$11 billion dollars as an indefinite coronavirus border closure locks out the foreign students who keep the sector afloat, the industry said Wednesday.

North Korea to reopen schools as virus fears ease

Seoul - North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday.

Pandemic puts up to 86mn children at risk of poverty: study

New York - The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.

Protests, pandemic rob Iraqi students of graduation dreams

Baghdad - It was supposed to be Basma's big year: a degree, language certification and maybe a master's abroad. But local protests and a global pandemic threw the Iraqi student's plans off-course.

Hong Kong history exam questions sparks China rebuke

Fpo - A history exam question asking Hong Kong students to assess colonial Japan's occupation of China sparked a rebuke by Beijing on Friday and reignited a row over academic freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.

With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles

Darova - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.

Beijing school students trial temperature-tracking bracelets

Bejing - Temperature-monitoring bracelets that alert an app if a student has a fever were being trialled at Beijing schools on Monday -- China's latest use of high-tech to track its population's possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
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