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Overseas aid should focus on education, say MPs

The international development committee says the proportion spent on education should be lifted from 8% to 10%. There are 250 million children around the world without access to school – and efforts to tackle this have been “shamefully underfunded”, say MPs. Committee chair Stephen Twigg warned of a “global learning crisis”. The select committee says that the Department for International Development’s spending on education is £526m per year – less than on supporting health, civil society and intervention in disasters. UN warns of schools lost in conflict Who really paid…

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States tinker with education indicators

WASHINGTON — How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place? States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores. The plans are required under a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and takes effect in the coming school year. Under the new law, states are focusing more on academic growth, meaning not…

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The NSW Department of Education commissioned a $300,000 scripture review, but rejects its major findings | poll

THE NSW Department of Education has rejected major recommendations of a $300,000 taxpayer-funded review of scripture in NSW schools, including the need for more information on scripture providers to “identify radical groups or cults”. The 238-page review, completed in 2015 but not released until Tuesday, found scripture providers did not “consistently produce good quality curricula from an educational perspective”, the system of authorising scripture providers lacked transparency, and some scripture teachers were using authorised, but age-inappropriate materials, while others used non-authorised materials. The review found the Department of Education and scripture providers…

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No Weightage Of Class XII Marks In JEE Ranking From 2017: Education Ministry

The performance of the students in the 12th class examination shall be a crucial parameter for determining the eligibility of the student for the JEE. (Representational Image) Class XII marks will not be a factor in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) rankings for admissions in engineering undergraduate courses starting next year, the Human Resource Development ministry headed by Smriti Irani said on Thursday. Ministry officials said the decision was taken after a committee set up by IIT Council submitted recommendations on changes in the JEE pattern, which were put in the…

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