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Poorest school-leavers half as likely to attend university as their peers

Yesterday at 02:00 AM, via The Guardian

Ucas admission data shows that entry rate for pupils on free school meals was 17% while rate for others was 34%

The gap between students on free school meals able to study at university widened this year compared with their better-off peers – making the poorer group only half as likely to attend university in England.

The figures from Ucas, the university admissions clearing house, showed that...

Justine Greening unveils strategy to increase poor children’s opportunities

Yesterday at 02:00 AM, via The Guardian

Education secretary attacks Labour’s ‘money and slogans’ as she launches plan including £50m for school nursery places

The education secretary, Justine Greening, has accused Labour of offering nothing but “money and slogans” to tackle schools standards, as she announces a national strategy aimed at closing the attainment gap between rich and poor children.

Greening will use a speech on Thursday...

Universities minister demands restraint over vice-chancellors’ pay

Wednesday at 21:44 PM, via The Guardian

Jo Johnson says pay policies should be published more openly and VCs should not sit on committees that set their salaries

Universities in England must introduce specific reforms to rein in rises in vice-chancellors’ pay, the higher education minister has said at a meeting with leaders from the sector.

In unusually blunt terms, Jo Johnson told the delegation he expected pay policies for senior...

What are British values? And are faith schools really undermining them? | Catherine Pepinster

Wednesday at 19:07 PM, via The Guardian

Ofsted’s latest report has given the critics of faith schools another excuse to attack them – and again they refuse to distinguish between good and bad

It was in the green room at the BBC that I first experienced the antipathy that faith schools inspire. Just as I was about to talk about religion on the Today programme, and had explained this to an eminent QC waiting to speak on another issue,...

Tanzania:Young Learners Offered Educational Tablets

Wednesday at 16:26 PM, via All Africa

[Daily News] UNESCO has thanked the government of Tanzania, through its Ministries of Education, Science and Technology and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) for giving Global Learning XPRIZE competition a chance to function in the country.

Tanzania:SAUT Student in Court Over Murder

Wednesday at 15:45 PM, via All Africa

[Daily News] A 26-YEAR old student at St Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT), identified as Anold Albert, was arraigned before the Karagwe District Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with the murder of a police constable.

‘Feminism’ beats ‘complicit’ to be Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

Wednesday at 14:52 PM, via The Guardian

Defined as ‘the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes’, feminism spiked in online searches after the global Women’s March and revelations about Harvey Weinstein

Feminism has been named word of the year by the American dictionary Merriam-Webster.

The US dictionary said that it had seen a 70% increase in online searches for the word in 2017, compared to 2016. The...

Nigeria:50 Ondo Varsity Graduands Bag First Class

Wednesday at 14:31 PM, via All Africa

[This Day] Akure -A total of 50 students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State bagged first class among the 9,649 students that graduated for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 sessions.

Namibia:Parents Told to Collect School Reports

Wednesday at 14:21 PM, via All Africa

[Namibian] THE Ombudsman yesterday advised parents whose children have not received school report cards over unpaid school fees to collect the report cards today and tomorrow.

Nigeria:Plagiarism, Kidnapping Should Share Similar Penalty, Says Don

Wednesday at 13:32 PM, via All Africa

[This Day] Abuja -Worried by the high rate of plagiarism in the country’s education system especially in tertiary institutions, the Secretary-General of the Committee of Provosts of Colleges of Education, Prof. Mojisola Oyarikua, has called for equal sanction for kidnappers and those found guilty of plagiarism.

Nigeria:Remita Fast-Tracks 2018 UTME Form Sales

Wednesday at 13:31 PM, via All Africa

[This Day] Candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions across the country for the 2018 academic session have the option of purchasing their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms with an electronic payment platform, Remita.

Nigeria:Provost Flays Exclusion of Agric Colleges From TETFund Beneficiaries

Wednesday at 13:27 PM, via All Africa

[This Day] Akure -The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, Dr. Samson Odedina, has expressed concern that the non-inclusion of the college as part of beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has been having negative impact on the activities of the college particularly efforts to engage the youths through agriculture.

Nigeria:JAMB Warns UTME Candidates Against Fake Questions

Wednesday at 13:26 PM, via All Africa

[This Day] The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has drawn the attention of candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to fake past question papers in circulation.

Nigeria:Our Father Who Art in Abuja

Wednesday at 13:11 PM, via All Africa

[Guardian] Nigeria is again in the throes of the annual rituals of national strikes by workers in public universities. As of now, the non-academic staffs have locked up the classrooms in almost all Federal universities. The yuletide session is not allowing many Nigerians to realise that like the harmattan haze, the strike session is with us. The culprit, according to the workers, is the Federal...

Big-nosed Jesus and God as a second-rate Santa: the worst Christian art

Wednesday at 13:00 PM, via The Guardian

A puff-cheeked baby Jesus, an upside-down apostle, a sub-Santa God … our writer revels in Wonder Beyond Belief, a new book celebrating the glorious weirdness of revered Christian art

There is a particularly ugly nutwood carving of the infant Jesus dating from 1320. The nose is wider than it is long and the lower lip is pulled up, emphasising a ball-shaped chin and unpleasantly globular cheeks....

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