773 million suffer from illiteracy around the world

773 million young people and adults lack basic skills in reading and writing, and nearly 617 million children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency levels in reading and numeracy, according to the United Nations website. Despite the high numbers of these numbers, many countries were able to re


Indonesian students send mixed signals on remote learning

Dewi Listiani must spend hours standing and staring at a wall in her kitchen, where a phone screen relays online lessons until her remote learning class ends for the day. It is the only place in her home where she can access a strong internet connection. “There is a certain spot in the kit


Saudi schools prepare for remote learning as new academic year begins

The new academic year begins on Sunday and schools across the Kingdom have been preparing for virtual learning.   All students in Saudi Arabia will be attending classes remotely for the first seven weeks of the first semester as part of the Kingdom’s precautionary measures against the


Morocco’s Education Ministry Adopts Distance Learning for 20/21

The Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced “distance learning” for the 2020-2021 academic year, which will start on September 7. In a statement issued Saturday night, the ministry explained that distance lea


Saudi schools set stage for major lesson shake-up

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s education system is preparing for drastic changes with the introduction of a new secondary school program in 2021, a Ministry of Education official said.The pathways secondary education system is in the final stages of preparation and will be applied initially in 100 p


Misk Fellowship competition challenges Saudi youth

JEDDAH - The MiSK Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Planning, the UN Development Program (UNDP) and management consultancy Bain & Co. launched on Tuesday the second annual Misk Fellowship competition.This follows the success of the first Dream Neom competition, w


A-levels and GCSEs: U-turn as teacher estimates to be used for exam results

A-level and GCSE students in England will be given grades estimated by their teachers, rather than by an algorithm, after a government U-turn. It follows uproar after about 40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which used a formula based on schools' prior grades. GCSE


A-level results: 'Huge mess' as exams appeal guidance withdrawn

The exams regulator is reviewing its guidance on how to appeal against A-level and GCSE grades using mock exam results - hours after publishing it. On Saturday Ofqual set out what constituted a "valid" mock exam for students appealing against A-level results in England. But the regulator has now


Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

 Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait. With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football tea


Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University opens admissions for animation, photography degrees

The College of Arts and Design at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) announced the introduction of two new programs in animation and photography in the new academic year on Sunday. The decision was made in response to the needs of the Saudi labor market and falls in line with the g


Parents and teachers must work together to protect students from COVID-19

When it comes to safely reopening schools, there's valid cause for concern."We're a bit in uncharted territory, because we haven't had to reopen schools in the context of a pandemic," said Dr. Dan H. Barouch, director of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Center for Virology and Vaccine Resear


UK PM says schools must open in September

 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to operate safely despite the ongoing threat from the pandemic.His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a s


Children Walk back to School in Gaza after Five-Month Shutdown

Hundreds of thousands of children walked through the streets of the Gaza Strip on Saturday to return to classes after five months of shutdown - though authorities said they were ready to close schools again if coronavirus cases spike. Pupils mingled freely before heading into playgrounds for roll


Georgia teen suspension: First Amendment experts weigh in

As scores of American children return to classrooms under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, free speech experts have bristled at the sight of a public school punishing a student for practicing her right to free speech by sharing a photo of classmates not wearing masks and not social distanci


Final Decision on Upcoming School Year in Saudi Arabia Remains Pending

Will students attend school this year? Or will remote classes become the new norm? This question is being asked by all Saudi families with only three weeks remaining until the start of the new academic year. The education ministry is still assessing the situation in order to adopt the best mechan


Punjab govt school students to get free smartphones

  The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday paved the way for distribution of 1,73,823 smartphones, by November, to boys and girls of government schools, preparing to take their Class XII Board exams this year through online education amid the Covid pandemic. Distribution of the first batch of 50


5 Teachers on How They’re Feeling About Schools Reopening

We’re nearing September, but what’s usually a season of first-day pictures and back-to-school shopping has been absorbed into the ongoing chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the country transitioned to distance learning last spring, but now many politicians—Pres


Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where the virus is poorly controlled, public health experts say in-person education would be too risky. In areas where the



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