US CDC recommends schools reopen with universal masking

School reopenings have been the focus of labour disputes between teachers unions and their districts in major US cities. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued new guidance for US schools to reopen, recommending universal mask-wearing and physical distancing as key mitigation strategies to getting children back in the classroom. The […]

It is time to prioritise education for recovery

Longer term efforts to fund education equitably should be at the heart of the recovery from the pandemic. Another school term has started. For millions of students, it does not mean school doors are opening; but a return to distance learning, yet again. Since the beginning of this pandemic, more than 1.6 billion children and […]

Chicago teachers affirm COVID safety deal for school return

Chicago teachers voted in favour of approving a tentative COVID-19 safety plan to allow the third-largest US public school system to gradually resume in-person classes as soon as Thursday for students who have been out of school buildings for almost a year. Across the US, the debate over whether and how to get children back […]

UK academics investigated over China-linked research: Report

The Times newspaper says the British government suspects group may have unwittingly helped China build weapons of mass destruction. Nearly 200 British academics at more than 12 universities in the United Kingdom are being investigated on suspicion of unwittingly helping the Chinese government build weapons of mass destruction, The Times newspaper reported on Monday. The […]

‘No room for debate’: Hong Kong outlines security law for schools

Hong Kong children as young as six years old will be taught the “great importance” of the territory’s national security law and what constitutes foreign interference and subversion under new education guidelines for the city. Beijing imposed the security law in June last year after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in […]

Indonesia: Lessons from the online classroom

Jakarta, Indonesia – The coronavirus pandemic has forced hundreds of millions of children across the world to either learning from home or drop out of school altogether, as the disease exacerbates sharp divides between the rich and poor. In Indonesia, the lives of some 68 million young people – from pre-schoolers to higher education students […]

Wife of Sharjah ruler criticises Israeli educational cooperation

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi tweeted that the Israeli curriculum ‘advocates for the killing and raping of Arabs’. The wife of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has criticised a virtual meeting held between her country and Israel’s Ministry of Education in a rare public critique. The meeting, which was held via […]

Could Biden’s student loan freeze argue for bigger debt relief?

Thanks to vagaries of the accounting world, Donald Trump’s administration had a chance in the final weeks of the presidential race to cancel more than $200 billion of student loans with no immediate hit to the Department of Education’s massive portfolio. Yet it didn’t do it. Now, perhaps Joe Biden will. For years, bean counters […]

Cheat sheet: MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

MIT professor Gang Chen did not disclose his connections to China as is required on federal grant applications, US authorities said. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor was arrested and charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving United States dollars for his nanotechnology research. Gang […]

COVID-19, the university, and reimagining the common good

“The UCIMC [University of California Irvine Medical Center] team is seeking volunteers to assist today and tomorrow with the set-up of the medical field hospital in front of UCIMC Douglas Hospital (…) The field hospital is set to go live on 12/29.” The email came only a few hours after the publication of the latest […]

Britain Mourns a Cherished Education Exchange Program Ended by Brexit

After his university in Scotland shut down in the spring because of the coronavirus, forcing him to study online from home, Jack Boag kept up his spirits by dreaming of what awaited him in the coming academic year: a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam. But his hopes of participating in the European Union-wide […]

Lori Loughlin released from prison after college admissions scam

Actor Lori Loughlin was released from prison on Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery […]

Biden: Education pick Cardona right person ‘for this moment’

President-elect Joe Biden introduced Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, saying Connecticut’s education chief and lifelong champion of public schools is the right pick to lead the department as the nation struggles to educate students safely during the pandemic. The selection delivers on Biden’s promise to nominate someone with experience working […]

Lebanon’s top university hikes tuition 160 percent, citing crisis

Beirut – Lebanon’s prestigious American University of Beirut (AUB) has announced that it will more than double the cost of tuition in the local currency, saying the move was necessitated by the country’s spiralling economic collapse. The university will adopt an exchange rate of 3,900 Lebanese pounds to the US dollar, officially untethering from Lebanon’s […]

Indian teacher wins $1m prize for promoting girls’ education

Ranjitsinh Disale, selected from 12,000 nominations, opts to share Global Teacher Prize money with nine other finalists. This year’s Global Teacher Prize has been awarded to Ranjitsinh Disale for his work helping girls, most of then from poor tribal communities, at a village school in western India. He was selected from 12,000 nominations from more […]

Key test: South Koreans sit university exam amid COVID-19 surge

Nearly 500,000 high school students are sitting the test with stringent measures imposed to curb the virus. South Korea fell quiet on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat for the country’s high-stakes national university entrance exam amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has prompted new measures to curb its spread, including for […]

Is academic freedom under threat in France? #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The month of October was a tumultuous one for France’s President Emmanuel Macron. At the beginning of the month, as he unveiled his government’s strategy to combat radicalisation and religious separatism, he claimed that “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today”. These comments, coupled with his passionate defence of […]

We stand with Afghan scholars and students under attack #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

We, the undersigned international community of scholars, express our condemnation of the recent attacks targeting students and faculty in Afghanistan. These brutal attacks are part of a series of violent assaults against the innocent civilians of Afghanistan who are the primary victims of a protracted war. On Monday, November 2, three militants stormed Kabul University […]

Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The court has rejected claims by affirmative-action opponents who said the university discriminates against Asian Americans. A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling clearing Harvard University of discrimination against Asian American applicants. A two-judge panel of the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected claims from an anti-affirmative action group that […]