Higher Education cushions 2020 academic year

In an effort to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 academic year, Higher Education Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has published a national framework to ensure that the cost for tuition and accommodation will remain the same for the 2020 academic year, regardless of its length at the different institutions.

In the Government Gazette published in June, the Higher Education and Training Department prescribes a framework for temporary payment and cash flow measures, or steps necessary to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the Covid-19 threat to the public higher education sector.

“The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for the implementation [of the framework],” said Nzimande.

The Minister said the directives will assist to alleviate the financial strain on institutions, NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme], private fee-paying individuals and private accommodation providers, recognising

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Superintendents worry about academic slide, cite community criticism

New Hampshire superintendents told lawmakers they have concerns about upcoming school vacations and “academic slide,” at the same time citing criticism they have received from their communities over decisions related to COVID-19.

Five superintendents, representing different regions of the state, met with the Joint House and Senate Education Committee Wednesday via Zoom webinar to discuss their successes and concerns around COVID-19. The hearing was part of a four-hour session, where the committee also heard from area principals, school nurses and special educators.

Several superintendents mentioned concern over upcoming Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and the impact it could have if students or employees choose to travel out of state. New Hampshire requires everyone traveling into the state from non-New England states to self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival.

Many districts are facing staff shortages for in-person learning, which becomes an issue when employees are required to quarantine. 

“We are stuck in

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Kuwait: Expats make up 27 per cent of teachers for 2020-2021 academic year

Expat teachers make up 27 per cent of the total number working in the Kuwait Ministry of Education for the 2020-2021 academic year. Photo for illustrative purposes.
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Kuwait City: In regards to the 2020-2021 academic year, expat teachers make up 27 per cent of the total number of teachers working in the Ministry of Education, an educational source told Al Rai media.

The source added that the Civil Commission Bureau stipulates that expats teachers should not exceed 30 per cent and that Kuwaiti teachers should be the majority employed by the Ministry of Education.

The Civil Commission Bureau requested statistics on the number of expats teaching in the specific four fields: history, philosophy, Islamic studies and Sharia studies. In addition, the Ministry of Education has provided the Civil Commission Bureau with the total amount compared to the number of Kuwaitis, “so we do not exclude anybody

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Academic E-Learning Market will Showcase Positive Impact during 2020-2024 | Launch of New Online Degrees to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the academic e-learning market and it is poised to grow by $ 72.41 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 15% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Academic E-Learning Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

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Online learning challenges: Inaccessibility to tech and academic dishonesty

A new survey from Manifest shows that learning tools and apps could help alleviate remote learning concerns for US high school and college students.

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Without a national, or even regional mandate regarding remote, in-person, or hybrid e-learning for US high school and university students, the fall semester has left many students and parents confused. Some schools returned to fully in-person classes (which hasn’t gone entirely well for some, such as New York’s Albert Magnus High School, which began in-person orientation two-days before the school’s Sept. 10 opening, only to unceremoniously go remote that day when COVID-19 came to campus). 

Last spring the coronavirus pandemic pushed schools to quickly shut their doors and shift to online. Globally, 95% of schools were closed. But despite current news reports of the opening and closing of schools, a new survey from Manifest revealed that 62% of US students are studying online

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Johnson should not try to abolish the distinction between academic and technical education

The Prime Minister’s announcement of what the papers are calling a ‘radical shake-up’ of higher and further education marks a return to the spotlight for the subject.

Having been one of the central reform programmes of the Coalition, education has slipped down the agenda under David Cameron’s successors. We noted at the time that the issue had ‘lost momentum’ under Theresa May, and in December it received just a single page in the Conservative Manifesto.

The spur for this latest tranche of reforms is the prospect of lots of people needing to re-skill as a result of losing their jobs during the pandemic. As the Telegraph reports: “a new “lifetime skills guarantee” offers a fully-funded college course to people over 18 in England without an A-level or equivalent.”

Boris Johnson also intends to make student loans more flexible, to allow people to space out their studies if they choose to

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Gurugram: Higher education dept to initiate academic guidance visits in colleges – cities

Gurugram:

The state higher education department has proposed that colleges may allow students to visit their premises in a staggered manner to seek guidance from teachers.

In a communication sent to the principals of all colleges on Tuesday, the department shared a tentative protocol with colleges for conducting these sessions and sought feedback on it by Friday.

According to the tentative protocol, students from different courses have been allotted different days of the week for the guidance sessions. Students will be permitted to visit their college twice a week for a duration of three hours in a particular day, says the tentative schedule shared by the department.

Hemant Verma, deputy director (coordination), higher education department, has told principals that universities and colleges could prepare their own timetable, taking a cue from the proposed timetable.

Verma said online classes will continue to take place along with these interactive in-person sessions. Colleges

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