AUGUST 2019: Education Market Review

Below is a snapshot of Education and Business-focused news from August 2019, brought to you from the world.

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GLOBAL / US

English teachers wanted

Wanted: An extra 400,000 English speaking teachers

Number of teaching jobs in English-speaking international schools set to increase by 80 per cent in next decade to 916,000 due to parental demand for English language education. Countries identified by ISC Research as having particular demand for international British schools include, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.

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Revealed: ‘Phenomenal growth’ of international schools

The number of international schools has increased over the last four years. There are now approximately 10,000 international schools, employing 506,900 teachers, almost 25% more teacher employed than in 2015. The 2019 ISC Global Opportunities Report indicates that pupil numbers in international schools have increased from 4.3 million in 2015 to 5.4 million in 2019, particularly in Asia, explaining such demand for school places and internationally qualified teachers.

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Making India the global hub of higher education Making India the global hub of higher education

The task is daunting for Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank, India’a Human Resource Development Minister, since, as of now, only three Indian institutions rank among the first 200 and only 23 among the first 1000 globally ranking universities.

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Latvia faces more opportunities for cooperation with Vietnam in field of education

RIGA – On Wednesday, continuing his working visit to Vietnam, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with the Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry.

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Creating awareness on scholarships for the disabled

Malaysians with disabilities should take up scholarships offered by a number of local and international agencies to pursue higher education.

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New through-train route for poly students to get university degree and find work in shorter time

A new “through-train” programme starting next year will allow polytechnic students to not just get a place in a local university, but also be assured of a job.

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European teachers awarded QTS down 35%

The number of teachers from Europe given QTS in England has plummeted since Brexit vote, new figures show

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Louisiana Says ‘Oui’ to French, Amid Explosion in Dual-Language Schools

This fall, more American students than ever will start their first day of school learning in a language other than English.

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Desegregating N.Y. Schools Was His Top Priority. What Happened?

Entrenched inequality, attacks by conservatives, student protests: Richard A. Carranza’s first year as schools chancellor

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How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country into Coding Country

Driven by a tech-industry vision of rural economic revival, Wyoming is requiring all of its K-12 public schools to offer computer science.

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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans

he directive came after 53 attorneys general criticized the federal Education Department for cumbersome eligibility rules for disabled veterans to eliminate their college loan debt. Image

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Swedish education minister: Fewer young people applying for vocational training

Anna Ekstrom, Sweden’s minister for education, says the country needs highly-skilled workers as it relies heavily on exporting goods.

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Seeing a shift toward professional skills learning, education expert says

Rob Thakur, managing director for Europe at Fitch Learning, says people working in the banking sector now need more than a technical education.

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Why one career for life is a thing of the past

Getting a college degree may no longer be significant for people’s careers, according to an expert in the education sector.

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MIDDLE EAST

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Japanese language classes could be introduced in UAE schools

UAE government and new Japanese Ambassador to the UAE, Akihiko Nakajima have had discussions to introduce Japanese within UAE schools within the next year. The initiative follows the decision to introduce Chinese within 60 government schools across the region. Both the UAE and Japan consider Education as an important pillar to ensure a prosperous future, and this initiative would strengthen the relationship between both countries.

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Eton College to launch virtual courses in UAE schools

Eton College will train pupils in soft skills through virtual lessons. EtonX, a subsidiary of Eton College in the UK, will implement a Future Skills Programme in 20 schools across the GCC this September whereby pupils aged between 14 and 20 years old have the opportunity to learn soft skills including communication, resilience, critical thinking, verbal communication, creative problem-solving, entrepreneurship and CV writing.

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Eight new schools to open in Dubai by 2020

Eight new schools are to open in Dubai by 2020, the emirate’s education regulator has announced.

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Abu Dhabi forum aims to raise international teaching standards

More than 600 teachers from across the UAE will take part in an innovative education forum aimed at raising international teaching standards is set to be held in Abu Dhabi in October.

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Charity offers disadvantaged UAE children school supplies

Dubai Cares often provides help in other countries, but its latest scheme targets those in need at home.

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Child genius scores highest GCSE maths mark in Dubai school

An 11-year-old in Dubai has achieved the highest mark in GCSE Further Maths at her school.

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GCSE reforms prompt change in teaching approach at UAE schools

School principals in the UAE say GCSE reforms put lower ability pupils at a disadvantage as the “one-size-fits-all approach” to examinations has left many feeling vulnerable.

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Expo-Sciences International 2019 comes to Abu Dhabi next month

Hundreds of young people representing 58 countries will participate in the Expo-Sciences International 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre next month.

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New GCSE system prompts rise in results appeals by UAE pupils

British curriculum schools in the UAE are expecting more pupils to query their GCSE results after receiving them on Thursday – as has been the trend since the grading system was reformed two years ago.

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A-level results: UAE pupils celebrate after toughest exam in years

British curriculum pupils across the UAE received their A-level results on Thursday following what are said to be the toughest exams in years.

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UAE students must be digitally literate to thrive in job market, experts say

The rapid rise of digital industries is transforming the workplace landscape in the UAE and prompting employers to focus recruitment on graduates with relevant degrees, experts said.

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Brexit pushes Egyptian teen to study in Germany over the UK

There are more than a handful of reasons why Mazen Omar will be heading to a German college in September, instead of the UK, and Brexit tops the list.

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Will Brexit cause British universities to lose their lustre among UAE students?

Pupils across the UAE are nervously awaiting their A-level results on August 15, in the hope they have made the grade to attend their dream university.

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Emirati students complete nuclear energy internship in South Korea

A future career in the nuclear industry could be in store for ten Emirati students enrolled in an eight-week internship in South Korea.

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UAE universities ‘must boost research to rise up global education rankings’

Four institutions in the Emirates have been ranked in the top ten per cent of universities worldwide in a new league table, but experts believe they can do better

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Sheikh Mohammed launches Emirates Youth Professional School

he ‘Emirates Youth Professional School’, a Federal Youth Authority initiative, was launched on Monday, following the directives issues by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

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Khaleej Times UniExpo 2019 to kick off in Dubai this September

Khaleej Times will organise the first edition of its KT UniExpo Dubai, a flagship higher education exposition, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on September 26 and 27.

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IB eliminates $172 fee for registration of students

The International Baccalaureate (IB) organisation has scrapped the candidate registration fee of $172 (Dh630) effective the November 2019 exams, a top official said.

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UAE launches ‘Hello School’ initiative ahead of new academic year

The Ministry of Education launches ‘Hello School’ Initiative this year titled ‘Kafu’, conveying the message of gratitude and appreciation to the workforce employed by the education sector, coinciding with the start of the new academic year 2019-2020. The initiative targets teachers, administrators, students and parents across the UAE.

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EUROPE / UK

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GCSE results: Pass rates and top grades edge upwards

Despite concerns over the difficulty of this year’s GSCE examinations, the GCSE pass rate edged up to 67.3% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – up 0.4 percentage points on last year and the percentage of papers given a top grade (7 or A and above) rose 0.3 percentage points to 20.8% on 2018.

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UK to look abroad for Education inspiration

According to Gerard Dominguez Reig, a Senior Researcher at Thinktank (the Education Policy Institute), the British education system is undergoing a transformation and Britain should seek education inspiration from Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

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£4bn school funding boost set to be confirmed

A leaked government document appears to confirm an expected £4bn boost in funding for schools in England.

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Blind University of Glasgow student ‘faced reading list discrimination’

A severely visually-impaired student fears he will fail his final year at university because of “discrimination”.

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Say it loud and proud: teacher talk is not a bad thing

Talk is an instinctive part of imparting knowledge, yet teachers are still chastised for doing it. Mark Enser explores our odd problem with teachers talking

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Why education reforms are like never-ending roadworks

Roadworks give us smoother roads – will ongoing education reforms bring the same benefit, asks Yvonne Williams

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‘With Brexit hitting migration, adult education is key’

The prospect of Brexit ending freedom of movement increases the urgency to boost investment in FE, says David Hughes

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‘Pupils can’t be anything they want to be…’

On BBC Radio 3 this week, breakfast presenter Petroc Trelawny revealed that Josef Strauss, brother and son of the two more famous Waltz Kings, both named Johann, was both a composer and engineer/inventor. In addition to writing that celebrated waltz, Music of the Spheres, the multi-talented Josef also invented Vienna’s first rotating-brush street-cleaner. In 21st-century parlance, one might say that someone so versatile “could have been anything he chose to be”.

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A levels: More private schools use alternative courses

Today’s independent-school Year 13 results reveal a rising number of schools offering alternative qualifications to A levels

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More ‘engaging’ texts added to English literature GCSE

An exam board will introduce new texts in its English literature GCSE specification from September, as it seeks to include a more diverse range of authors for pupils to study.

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GCSE results: Why it’s time to review the resits policy

We need a wholescale review of the English and maths resits policy to provide more flexiblity, writes Catherine Sezen

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GCSE results: ‘A tectonic shift in geography entries’

Geopolitical and environmental crises help to explain why more students are choosing geography GCSE, writes Steve Brace

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GCSE results 2019: Perfect 9s up 14% as girls dominate

More than 800 students got a perfect set of GCSE grades this summer – and two-thirds of them were girls, data shows

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Exclusive: Abolish GCSEs, says education research chief

Sir Kevan Collins calls for a range of pathways from age 14-18 to cater for the ‘forgotten third’ of GCSE students

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BTECs: Ofqual hits out at ‘uncertainty and frustration’

Ofqual criticises Pearson’s ‘regrettable’ decision as grade boundaries change days before BTEC exam results published

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T levels: where can I study them?

By 2021, students will be able to study four T levels – education, construction, digital and health and science. But where can they do so?

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Teach First in £136k ‘fair education for all’ rebrand

Teacher trainer says it wants to raise awareness of the fact that it trains school leaders as well as teachers

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Rollout of 52,000 iPads begins in Glasgow schools

Every teacher and secondary school pupil in the city will be given their own device under a seven-year £300m deal

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