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No more cakes, pizzas, other junk food in Maharashtra school canteens

On Monday, the Maharashtra state education department issued a government resolution instructing all the schools to strike off junk food from their canteen menu. Maharashtra schools’ canteens ban junk food RELATED STORIES Ludhiana teachers asked not to wear jeans as it provocates and distracts students IIT Bombay professor bags INSA Young Scientist Award for his attempts to reduce CO2 emissions ... Read More »

Blocking social media won’t end distractions in schools

Going on social media shouldn’t have to be an after-school special. In Madison, Wisconsin, four schools opted into a pilot program to block up to 34 apps — the majority of which are social networks — from their classrooms and hallways. The new rules started on May 1, and will go on until the last day of school on June ... Read More »

Panjab University crisis: Is the varsity converting into a central institute?

The committee led by Panjab University (PU) senate member Jarnail Singh which was tasked to study the possibility of converting PU into a central institute has prepared a concept note which says that PU can retain both syndicate and senate and also the autonomy of the university would not be affected. Though a consensus is yet to reach among committee ... Read More »

From Gillard to Gonski 2.0: the twists and turns of education funding explained

David Gonski and Malcolm Turnbull announce ‘Gonski 2.0’ on Tuesday. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP From the Gillard government’s six-year needs-based school funding agreements to Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski 2.0: how has the federal government proposed changing the funding of schools? How much is the federal government spending on schools? Canberra will spend $17.5bn this year on schools. With increases every year between ... Read More »

What education policies should the parties put in their election manifestos

Ross Sargent, parent and governor, early years centre, Cambridgeshire All the evidence suggests the more funding the better at the early years stages, and that represents the greatest return on investment. So the first thing has to be a promise not to cut in early years. I would love to see the people who are genuinely experts in education in ... Read More »

Seceding From Public Education

A letter to the editor I wrote recently on the virtues of school choice prompted some surprising feedback. My simple question—“When parents choose to patronize a school that better serves their child, why should we keep funneling billions of dollars to prop up a failing system that is serving no one well?”—elicited a lot more responses than I initially expected ... Read More »

Leaf plans merger with farm education charity

© Photofusion/Rex/Shutterstock Two of the leading farming and food educational organisations have announced they propose to merge to drive efficiencies and a strengthened joint education strategy. Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming) will join Face (Farming and Countryside Education), the leading educational charity working with schools to help young people understand the connection between farming and their daily lives. Leaf works ... Read More »

Inequality in Thai education still a major handicap

Whose fault is it that our Mathayom 6 (12th grade) students failed four out of five subjects on average in the latest round of the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net)? Most scored under 50% in mathematics, English, social studies and general sciences, and just scraped through on the fifth subject, Thai language. This reflects a nagging problem with Thailand’s education ... Read More »

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits private, public schools

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter schools, was visiting both private and public educational institutions during a busy two-day schedule in Miami-Dade. DeVos traveled in a sports utility vehicle under the guard of Secret Service special agents. She started her Thursday morning at the Christian Academy for Reaching Excellence Elementary School in Miami’s ... Read More »

Greening announces merger of education and skills funding

Education secretary Justine Greening The new, single funding body will be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It will be part of the Department for Education and start to operate from next month. The new agency will continue to carry out the roles of the Education and Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency and consequently it will be ... Read More »