Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools are facing sweeping cuts if the Tories win the election, a new analysis shows today. Funding per pupil in England will fall by nearly 3% under the Conservatives, a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reveals. This would mean a £130 cut for every pupil in primary school and a £170 cut for every one in secondary school. The respected economic think tank says Theresa May’s plans will result in an overall cut in school funding of seven per cent between 2016 and 2022. By contrast, Labour’s…

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‘Rhodes Must Fall’ activists face backlash after receiving Rhodes scholarships

‘Rhodes Must Fall’ activists face backlash after receiving Rhodes scholarships

Two South African student activists in the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campus movement now face criticisms from the public after being named as Rhodes scholars for the class of 2017. They were among nine South Africans awarded the prestigious international scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Joshua Nott and Mbalenhle Matandela, both graduates of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, had been staunch supporters of a campaign that began in 2015 to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from the UCT campus. According to activists,…

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Golden age for distance learning as tech changes face of sector

Golden age for distance learning as tech changes face of sector

Prospective students are increasingly opting for distance learning as a first choice, with the sector experiencing strong growth as a result of its harnessing of technological advancements. “Educational technology has taken the distance and isolation out of distance education and, as a result, the sector is benefitting from the fact that it speaks directly to what modern, self-directed young people seek when furthering their education,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s  private higher education provider. Kriel says in 2017, many people have neither the…

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Kenya’s SFA leverages data analytics to change face of student finance

Kenya’s SFA leverages data analytics to change face of student finance

Launched in July 2015 by chief executive officer (CEO) Jennifer White, SFA provides tuition loans for higher education to qualified students and their parents or guardians, who act as co-borrowers. The startup employs alternative data analytics and partners directly with higher learning institutions to offer more affordable loans. “By partnering with all stakeholders involved – the student, the family, and the learning institution – SFA works to ensure the success of its student borrowers, in their learning programmes and postgraduate careers,” operations and partnerships manager Claire Blackburn told Disrupt Africa. Alternative…

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How to handle your critics: ‘It felt like a slap in the face’

How to handle your critics: ‘It felt like a slap in the face’

“An app teaching children a bedtime routine? How about parents do that themselves? What happened to society? I’m not supporting this.” When I received this damning feedback from a blogger after launching my app (which helps children follow a bedtime routine), it felt like a slap in the face. I’d approached a few bloggers to get the word out and had specifically asked them for a review. This blogger emailed me after refusing to give one. She signed off: “Good luck dumbing down families.” FacebookTwitterPinterest Gwendi Klisa . Photograph: Gwendi…

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Pregnant ladies and new moms ‘face upward push in discrimination at paintings’

Pregnant ladies and new moms ‘face upward push in discrimination at paintings’

Pregnant girls and new moms are struggling increasing degrees of unfair remedy at work, which include cuts in hours, being placed on zero-hours contracts or maybe pressured out in their process, a document has found out. residents advice warned of a growing problem of latest and expectant mothers going through discrimination. The charity said there have been a 25% increase in humans looking for place of job advice on pregnancy and maternity problems inside the beyond year, with extra than 22,000 visits to its website. evidence from residents advice covered…

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