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Immigration puts Swedish schools to the test

Stockholm - Sweden's schools were already struggling with demoralised teachers and declining test scores before the arrival of masses of young migrants whose needs have put unprecedented strain on the system.

Ivory Coast counts on schools to cut child labour in cocoa sector

Abidjan - "At five years old, I went to work in the fields with my dad. Today, my children go to school," said Peter, a cocoa farmer in Bonikro in the centre of Ivory Coast.

California appeals court restores state's teacher tenure system

Los Angeles - A California appellate court has restored the state's system of awarding job security to teachers after two years on the job.

French youths learn to resist jihadi 'sellers of dreams'

Noisy-le-sec - The first time jihadi recruiters approached 16-year-old Yacine outside his mosque in a rundown Paris suburb, they got right to the point.

Japanese prefer to study English in Philippines than in U.S., UK

Expensive tuition fees and high cost of living in the United States and the United Kingdom have prompted many Japanese to choose the Philippines to study English.

Experts suggests food packages with how long to burn calories off

Put down that candy bar. The UK’s Royal Society of Public Health is suggesting food labels display how much activity is required to burn off calories that have just been consumed.

End repression of activists: Myanmar student leader

Yangon - A Myanmar student leader on trial over protests last year that were violently quashed by authorities called on Aung San Suu Kyi's new government Monday to abolish laws repressing political activists.

Outrage as Muslim pupils exempt from shaking female teachers' hands in Swiss district

Geneva - Male Muslim students at a school in northern Switzerland will no longer have to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that was on Monday causing an uproar in the country.

Chinese 'parachute kids' flock to U.S. schools

Murrieta - Growing up in mainland China, Hailun "Helen" Zhou always knew that she would finish her high school education in America, whatever the cost.

Mature student: Swedish centenarian is offered place in nursery school

Stockholm - Four years after celebrating her centenary, a woman in a town in western Sweden has been offered a place in the local kindergarten."It's fantastic!

Dreams of fame at the School of Go

Seoul - For the past two years, 12-year-old Cho Sung-Bin has spent nearly all his waking hours focused on a wooden board covered with black and white stones, honing the skills he hopes to translate into a lucrative career as a professional Go player."It's fun....

Village children stunted by poverty as parents leave for Bangkok

Amphoe Hankha - With a bit of luck eight-year-old Chayanit will see her mother twice this year.The little girl has been raised by her grandparents for most of her life after her mother left their rural village to find work in Bangkok, Thailand's economic nucleus.

How Japan's first dressmaking school changed women's lives

Toukyo - Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago.

Hungary teachers up pressure on Orban in biggest protest in years

Budapest - Thousands demonstrated in Budapest Tuesday against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies as teachers unhappy at education sector reforms threatened to down tools unless the combative premier apologised to the "humiliated" people.

How much the environment can affect our IQ? New study sheds light

Can experience and education actually increase our IQ or is it all genetics? New research may have found an answer to the "nature vs nurture" debate, showing that the effects of environmental interventions may increase it, but not permanently.

Swedish school performance hamstrung by immigration

Stockholm - The failure of immigrant students to catch up with their peers in Sweden is a key factor in the country's overall decline in educational achievement and test scores, the Education Agency said Monday.

Palestinian wins $1 million global teaching prize

Dubai - A Palestinian teacher from the West Bank has won a $1 million award for her innovative approach of using play to counter violent behaviour.

Kenyan teacher eyes $1 mn prize for campaign against extremism

Nairobi - Using chalk and a blackboard, Kenyan teacher Ayub Mohamud writes out a simple lesson in front of the packed classroom: "Islam versus violent extremism.

German med school confirms plagiarism but minister keeps doctorate

Berlin - Germany's Hannover Medical School on Wednesday said Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen plagiarised parts of her thesis, but allowed her to keep her doctorate because there was no "deliberate deception".

Op-Ed: Virtual firms bet on digital to change education industry

The educational system is entering the digital age, and its tradition-based practices — such as rote memorization of school lessons, academic tenure, and union protections — are giving way to disruptive methods of giving lessons to today's students.

Diabetes robot developed to help children

Hatfield - A robot, designed to mimic having diabetes, has been created. The cartoon-like character is designed to help children recognize symptoms of the condition.

Mexico to fire over 3,000 teachers who skipped test

- Mexico's government will fire more than 3,300 teachers who skipped evaluations under a controversial education reform that has sparked protest in the country's poorest states, authorities said Monday.Education Minister Aurelio Nuno said 2.

In jungle camps, Colombia rebels take peace lessons

Puerto Gait - In their secret jungle camps, Colombia's Marxist rebels used to learn how to fight. Now their leaders are trying to teach them how not to.

South African universities close after violent protests

Johanesburg - At least three South African universities closed Thursday after a new wave of student protests that have seen buildings torched over high tuition fees and allegations of racism.

Nearly 100 Indian pupils in hospital after eating school meal

Mumbai - Nearly 100 Indian schoolchildren were hospitalised with suspected food poisoning Thursday after eating a free midday meal at a government-run school near Mumbai, officials said, adding that 13 were in a critical condition.

Hong Kong in spat with last governor over academic freedoms

Hong Kong - Hong Kong has hit back at former colonial governor Chris Patten after he said academic freedoms in the city were under threat, as tensions with London rise over Beijing's growing influence.

In Sudan's Darfur, displaced children battle to learn

Sheikh Habibullah - Abuobeida Ali was a toddler when militiamen stormed his village in Sudan's Darfur in 2003, murdering his father and driving his family out, ending his hopes for a normal childhood and education.

Hungarians protest state's grip on education

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians angry at the state's tight grip on public education rallied Saturday in Budapest, in one of the biggest street protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban in recent years.

Six killed as school bus crashes with truck in France: Police

Paris - At least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into a truck in western France on Thursday, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead.

13 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15': Report

Paris - Around 13 million pupils in OECD countries have failed to attain a sufficient level of proficiency in either reading, maths or science by the time they reach 15, according to a new study released by the think-tank on Wednesday.
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