What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

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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How One Provocative LinkedIn Post Can Transform Your Career

How One Provocative LinkedIn Post Can Transform Your Career

“What if this plane goes down?” Marcus A. Murphy sat down in his seat, anticipating a relaxing, yet productive flight on his way to San Francisco. Suddenly, the conversation in the row before him invaded his consciousness, and he couldn’t help but overhear the dialogue … “Hey, what’s your name? Where are you going? What do you do for a living?” Murphy cringed as he quickly realized the context of the “conversation” and recognized the tragedy taking place. Before their impending flight, Murphy overhead the “Middle-Seat Man” trying to sell…

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5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

Part of the series “Finding Brave to Build Your Best Life and Career” Photo: iStock Dealing with the impact of career decisions that hold us back Before I mustered the bravery to reinvent my career from unhappy corporate VP, to success coach, writer and speaker, I was stuck in a corporate marketing career that was just plain wrong on so many levels. While it was “successful” on the outside (meaning, I made good money, had high-level responsibility, earned lots of perks and benefits, oversaw large projects, etc.), it was a…

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Are you paying education loan; here’s how you can avail tax benefit

Are you paying education loan; here’s how you can avail tax benefit

Among many categories of debt, education loan is one of them which helps students to accomplish their studies either in India or in foreign country. With this financial support, provided at low-interest rates, youngsters have been facilitated by the government to pursue their dreams. Here are key benefits of education loan, as per PolicyBazaar. Anyone can opt for Education loan to study in India for graduate, post-graduate, professional and/or doctoral courses/degrees.  Loan cannot be assigned to the student alone, the parent or guardian needs to be co-signor for the loan….

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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

Don’t let your Google Docs-loving friends tell you otherwise – Microsoft Office is still the king of the professional world. If you want to be a top performer in the office, you need to have a solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite. These programs can be challenging to learn, but there’s a new collection of online classes that’s great for newbies and experienced users alike: The Complete Microsoft Office Certification Bundle. This four-course collection gives you 20 hours of instruction in Excel, PowerPoint, and Access so you can not only learn the…

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IIMs Can Now Award Degrees Instead Of Diplomas: New Law

IIMs Can Now Award Degrees Instead Of Diplomas: New Law

IIMs Can Now Award Degrees Instead Of Diplomas: New Law NEW DELHI: The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country have got more autonomy in their functioning with restricted government’s role in their functioning and power to award degrees instead of diplomas to their graduates, according to a new law. President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, yesterday, and it has now become a law. The new law which was passed in the Lok Sabha in July, 2017 and by Rajya…

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We’re Not “Super Guardian”, Teen Can Choose To Stay With Father, Says Supreme Court

We’re Not “Super Guardian”, Teen Can Choose To Stay With Father, Says Supreme Court

The 19-year-old’s mother had alleged that her daughter was in illegal custody of her husband. NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Friday said it was not a “super guardian” as it allowed a woman, who is legally an adult, to stay with her father in Kuwait and pursue her career, rejecting the mother’s plea that she was in his illegal custody. “The daughter is entitled to enjoy her freedom as the law permits and the court should not assume the role of a super guardian being moved by any kind of…

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‘In 2018, let’s reclaim the career of teaching for what it can be’

‘In 2018, let’s reclaim the career of teaching for what it can be’

We must resist the mechanistic, spoon-feeding approach to learning that deskills pupils and devalues teachers. This new year education has never mattered more – our job is to help our students outpace the robots, writes one heads’ leader The poet TS Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month”. But I suspect he wasn’t putting himself through Dry January. So here we are again. Another new year, when we stand shivering and windswept at the January starting-block of a new school term. But if ever there’s a time for sunny-side-up optimism –…

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Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

The Maharashtra government has decided to allow private institutes to issue degree instead of certificates in employable skills. Till now, thousands of vocational training providers (VTP) have been offering certificates under various programmes initiated by the skill development department. Now, applications will also be invited to convert certificate courses into degree affiliated to various institutes of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Senior officials said they hope the number of private partners willing to impart training to the youth will reach 9,000 once they are allowed to…

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