What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

WHEN the island of Singapore became an independent country in 1965, it had few friends and even fewer natural resources. How did it become one of the world’s great trading and financial centres? The strategy, explained Lee Kuan Yew, its first prime minister, was “to develop Singapore’s only available natural resource: its people”. Today Singapore’s education system is considered the best in the world. The country consistently ranks at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries, in…

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Five things Irish schools could learn from the Netherlands

Margaret Kearns with her husband and four children in Amsterdam, where the family have lived for six years. Several recent reports have found that Dutch teens are among the happiest in the world, and having lived here for almost six years with my family, I have to concur. When we arrived here, we had no idea how it would unfold: moving abroad with a family and no social support, to a new culture, new language and new country. We thought we would stay for three to five years, travel and…

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How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

how schools fail working parents (Lidan Chen/for The Washington Post) I had gritted my teeth through most of the school-related demands at odds with my working mom life. The midmorning concerts and late-afternoon ­parent-teacher conferences. The mandatory “volunteer” slots at after-school drama club rehearsals. The half days that, for some reason, preceded every school vacation. The final straw came when a new after-school program didn’t have space for my son. I vented on Facebook and quickly learned I wasn’t alone. I heard from fellow working parents who had plenty of…

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Concern over distance learning courses

Pervin Malhotra Q.After doing BSc, I am currently pursuing MSW from an Open University. I have been very disturbed ever since I read some news reports about distance learning programmes of several universities being de-recognised by UGC. I’m in my final year. What should I do if my degree is rendered worthless?  — Charu Yadav A.True, some recent news articles on ‘Recognition of Distance Education Programmes’ by the UGC/ ‘Open courses of 35 universities ‘derecognised’ etc that were published in the media have had many students like you worried. But…

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Distance education courses of Mumbai University and 34 others ‘derecognised’

Mumbai University. MUMBAI: With the University Grants Commission (UGC) cancelling the recognition of distance education coursesoffered by 35 state and central universities, the future of lakhs of higher education aspirants across the country now seems to be have plunged into uncertainty. The institutes have been given a month to submit their explanation to seek reversal of the UGC’s decision. On Friday, the UGC’s distance education bureau notified that universities not running the same/similar course in regular mode for the past five years would also not receive recognition. In case of professional courses such as…

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‘Will save distance education courses’

Representative image MUMBAI: Distance educationinstitutes across the country are busy complying with the provisions of the UGC distance education regulations, which tighten quality standards. On Friday, the UGC released a list of programmes permitted to admit students for the academic year 2018-2019. The recognition period is two to five years, based on regulations. Missing in that list are programmes from 35 public universities and many of them are now awaiting the UGC’s clarification on programme-wise deficiencies. In a public notice issued on Monday, the UGC said its regulations had multi-step recognition…

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