Australia Education
Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School set to expand to fix gender imbalance
Alleged victim of hazing at Sydney University Kendra Murphy says colleges should be disbanded
Hazing rates 'incredibly high' at Australian universities: Study
Schoolgirl poison plot: Chemicals found in locker
Principals facing high rates of violence, bullying in schools: survey
Sick ‘penis drinking’ initiation ritual sweeps Aussie unis as new students are forced to guzzle beer off older lads’ todgers
Private, public or selective high school: does it really matter?
Trinity students protest sacking of popular deputy headmaster
2018-03-13 04:10:41 Hundreds of Trinity Grammar students have staged a protest on their school oval after popular deputy principal Rohan Brown was sacked for cutting a student's hair. Now entering its fifth day, the scandal shows no sign of slowing down, with many students at the Kew private school ditching their green and gold blazers and wearing casual clothes and brown armbands to honour Mr Brown   Read More ...
We need to support more men to become primary teachers
2018-03-12 12:22:53 Australia is facing a crisis within primary education: there will not be enough teachers to educate the booming population of children coming through. A report commissioned by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) predicts we will need 443 more primary classes and 10,000 places over the next 10 years in Queensland, and 1,627 classes and 390,480 primary places nationally before 2025   Read More ...
Woman sues university for $100K after claiming degree hasn’t helped her career
2018-03-12 05:33:38 Pok Wong, who also goes by the name Fiona Pok, graduated from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK with a degree in international business strategy in 2013. But the 29-year-old now plans to sue the university for $106,000 over a breach of contract, because she believes the degree “does not play a role to help secure a rewarding job with prospects”   Read More ...
Oxford University 'deeply sorry' after female cleaner pictured removing Women's Day message
2018-03-11 06:09:00 Oxford University says it is "deeply sorry" for asking a female cleaner to remove graffiti saying "Happy International Women's Day" on International Women's Day. Sophie Smith, an associate professor of political theory at the University, tweeted a picture of the cleaner standing on the steps of the Clarendon building washing the chalk graffiti away with a mop. External Link: @DrSophieSmith: Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out “Happy International Women’s Day” on the Clarendon steps   Read More ...
Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School set to expand to fix gender imbalance
2018-03-10 22:09:06 "We want to see more of Victoria's best and brightest young women have life-changing opportunities through the state education system," Mr Merlino said. "We’ll look at the long-term provision across select-entry schools to ensure girls have the same access to these schools as boys. We will also look at options at the current Mac.Rob site to significantly increase capacity." In 2017, almost 56 per cent of the 4000 select-entry places were awarded to boys   Read More ...
More than a quarter of int'l students in Australia are from China: data
2018-03-07 20:31:00 than 600,000 international students studied in Australia in 2017, with China, India and Malaysia taking up the largest proportion, Universities Australia's data showed on Wednesday. According to the data, a total of 624,001 international students from over 190 countries and regions attended Australian institutions in 2017, up from 553,170 in 2016, with 44 percent enrolled in higher education institutions. China was the biggest source of international students in Australia with 184,512 students, or 29   Read More ...
Alleged victim of hazing at Sydney University Kendra Murphy says colleges should be disbanded
2018-03-05 04:34:44 TheRedZone continues to unearth new materials that put university culture under a harsh light. An O-Week manual has been found containing a horrifying insight into what orientation week is really like for first years at University of Adelaide. AN alleged victim of hazing at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities has warned the brutal practice will never end unless the colleges that are said to have used it as rite of passage are disbanded   Read More ...
Australia's innovative education to boost Uhuru's Big Four agenda - envoy
2018-03-04 16:07:19 Australian education system provides an avenue for many Kenyans to help deliver on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda for the country, "Whether it is technology, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and the health sector, our education system caters for all those sectors,” she said on Friday at her residence, during cocktail reception for members of the Kenya-Australia Alumni Association and representatives of Australian universities and colleges participating in the Australian Higher Education Fair organised by Australian Education Consultant   Read More ...
WooTube mathematics teacher Eddie Woo to educate other NSW teachers
2018-03-03 00:13:18 He is the YouTube sensation who has inspired millions of maths students around the world. Now Eddie Woo is taking on the teachers. The NSW Government has made him a "super teacher" with the official title of leader of innovation for maths teaching. It is a role Education Minister Rob Stokes says will allow other teachers to benefit from his unique teaching techniques and methods of engaging pupils   Read More ...
Students from China, India and Nepal surge at Australian universities despite jobs squeeze
2018-03-02 02:10:08 Chinese and Indian students have not been deterred by negative media coverage or reports of racist attacks, and are flocking to Australian universities in record numbers. New statistics show amost 190,000 foreigners applied to study in Australia between July and December, an increase of 14.1 per cent on the same period in 2016, with Indian applicants surging by 32 per cent and Chinese applicants by 13 per cent   Read More ...
NSW public school students placed in scripture classes against parents' wishes
2018-03-01 23:13:54 Parents at a NSW public school say they have been left "horrified" after students were repeatedly placed in scripture classes against their parents' wishes and told they needed to have an interview with a deputy principal before they could attend non-scripture classes. The NSW Department of Education is making inquiries into a letter sent to parents by the principal of Maclean High School in northern NSW, which strongly advocates for scripture classes and appears to breach the department's policy on religious education in several instances   Read More ...
Ghana man goes viral for teaching computer technology on a blackboard
2018-03-01 16:59:02 A viral photo of a teacher in Ghana explaining how computers work — without computers — has resulted in a promise by Microsoft to send him new computer equipment. Information and communication technology (ICT) teacher Richard Appiah Akoto shared a photo of himself using a blackboard to show his students how to use Microsoft Word. "Teaching of ICT in Ghana's school is very funny," Mr Akoto said in a Facebook post   Read More ...
Hazing rates 'incredibly high' at Australian universities: Study
2018-02-26 13:00:06 SYDNEY (AFP) - New students in major Australian universities are subjected to violent hazing rituals, a report said Monday (Feb 26) as its authors called for the practice to be criminalised to protect victims against injury or death. The "Red Zone" report by activist group End Rape on Campus focused on orientation week before the start of classes and covered 12 Australian universities   Read More ...
Schoolgirl poison plot: Chemicals found in locker
2018-02-26 05:03:41 Shocking new details have emerged of a plot by students at a girls’ school to murder a fellow student. two girls from the northern suburbs high school had obtained chemicals intended to poison a fellow female student by spiking a drink bottle. It was foiled when teachers discovered the chemicals in a locker. Police investigated the incident but the target did not want to proceed with the complaint   Read More ...
Florida shooting: Students return to school where 17 were killed
2018-02-26 04:08:11 Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were killed have returned to gather their belongings thrown down in panic during the shooting nearly two weeks ago. Key points: School due to reopen on Wednesday Flowers cover makeshift memorial at school Pressure mounting on authorities over response to tip-offs Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the February 14 massacre took place   Read More ...
Australian students go backwards in maths, reading and science: report
2018-02-25 08:07:42 The proportion of Australian 15-year-olds who are reaching international baseline levels in maths, reading and science has fallen significantly over a decade, and federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says parents need to start doing more to stem the country's declining performance. Only 79 per cent of year 10 students reached the international baseline level for maths in 2015, compared with 87 per cent of students in 2006, according to a new report released on Sunday by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)   Read More ...
Murder, she joked: psychologist censured over inappropriate texts
2018-02-24 15:09:27 The boy began thinking about killing people when he was in Year 7. Five years later, the Year 12 student visited Dr Elise Lowick, a private psychologist on Sydney's north shore, who diagnosed him with major depressive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, adjustment disorder and narcissistic personality traits. Dr Lowick, a specialist in emerging psychosis, was employed to deliver intense therapy beyond what the boy's school could provide   Read More ...
Sydney's top private schools reveal extravagant new building plans
2018-02-24 15:09:24 A $25 million library designed to look like a Scottish castle, an orchestra pit and a chapel nestled into nearby bushland are just some of the new features planned for Sydney's elite private schools, despite complaints from neighbouring residents and local councils. Seven schools are planning to spend a combined total of more than $365 million on new facilities and school redevelopments, an analysis of development applications currently waiting for approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has revealed   Read More ...
Canberra Times Letters to the Editor: A degree of reality
2018-02-24 14:12:52 There are many reasons why obtaining a university education should be encouraged. However, Peter Martin's claim that university graduates, over their lifetimes, earn 40 to 75 per cent more than workers who go to work straight from school, could be misleading ("Good for graduates, bad for society. Why university is a waste", February 18). He should acknowledge that these data are based on graduates who achieved their degrees some 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years ago   Read More ...
When schools look like resorts questions about funding must be asked
2018-02-24 14:12:39 The plans look like something from a fantasy holiday getaway brochure. Sleek architect-designed buildings housing state-of-the-art gyms and swimming pools. Multi-tiered recreation spaces that would sit nicely on a Balinese hillside. An orchestra pit and a chapel nested into bushland. A Scottish baronial library. But these are no escapist fantasies. All these developments are coming soon to seven private schools in Sydney, which have a stunning $365 million worth of combined development applications in the pipeline   Read More ...
One drug student remains in Gold Coast hospital
2018-02-24 05:40:09 Just one of the seven Gold Coast students affected by a suspected drug overdose remains in hospital as investigations continue into how the teens acquired the drug. Gold Coast Heath confirmed on Friday afternoon a further three students had been discharged from Gold Coast University Hospital. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which left the year 10 students from St Stephen's College in varying states   Read More ...
Career education needs an overhaul
2018-02-23 10:10:49 Career education is the spotlight, being subject of a review by the Victorian Government and also part of David Gonski’s broader federal review of education. Driving both of these reviews is the need to ensure we are preparing students to make valuable contributions to society, and in the process to have the opportunity to enjoy fulfilling careers that engage their minds and utilise their potential   Read More ...
Schools' challenge started in Sydney attracts an international crowd
2018-02-23 10:10:14 Students come home from school with a swag of just-learned phrases and concepts rolling off the tongue. One may well be "da Vinci Decathlon". A tough, yet friendly interschool contest of the mind, it is named after thinker-scholar-artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the flamboyant genius whose triumphs, from conceiving of a flying machine to painting that soulful portrait of the Mona Lisa, continue to resonate   Read More ...
More drug students released by Gold Coast hospital
2018-02-23 10:10:11 Just one of the Gold Coast high school students affected by a suspected drug overdose remains in hospital, two days after the dramatic incident. Gold Coast Heath confirmed on Friday that a further three students had been discharged, leaving just one of the seven teenagers in the care of staff at Gold Coast University Hospital. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which left the grade 10 students from St Stephen's College in varying states   Read More ...
Teachers demand Trump arm them with education resources, not guns
2018-02-23 06:08:50 US teachers angered by President Donald Trump's suggestion they should be armed to prevent future school massacres have taken to social media to demand something else. Using the hashtag #ArmMeWith, the teachers have requested time, resources, books, art supplies, respect and reasonable gun laws to help them deal with the crisis of gun violence in schools and get on with their job of educating children   Read More ...
Student drug education 'should not be a half an hour school lesson'
2018-02-23 05:11:47 There are calls for better drug education in schools, as police continue investigations into the overdose of seven Gold Coast high school students. Three of the Saint Stephen's College year 10 students have been released from Gold Coast University Hospital, while the remaining four have reportedly recovered well and could be released on Friday. All seven were rushed to hospital on Wednesday, with some in a critical condition, after ingesting an unknown drug   Read More ...
The NAPLAN sugar hit that left many students feeling like failures
2018-02-22 14:15:40 When last year’s NAPLAN results were released, Premier Gladys Berejiklian finally had a reason to boast. NSW had one of its best NAPLAN years since the tests were introduced in 2008, especially when it came to year 9 students. The results were expected. The former education minister Adrian Piccoli had introduced a new policy to lift the literacy and numeracy standards of teenagers before they embarked on the HSC   Read More ...
Labor eyes huge rise in TAFE enrolment through 'once-in-a-generation' inquiry
2018-02-22 14:15:35 Millions more Australians would learn a trade and public TAFE would be at the centre of the higher education system under a major rethink being planned by Labor. The party is also looking to undo the damage caused by its own bungled deregulation of the private vocational education sector, which it now regards as "unhealthy competition" to TAFE. Labor will today announce it would hold a "once-in-a-generation" inquiry into tertiary education, with an emphasis on repairing the TAFE "crisis" and elevating it to equal status with universities   Read More ...
Drug overdose at private school hospitalizes Australian boys
2018-02-22 10:08:33 GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Five teenage boys remained in an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering drug overdoses at a private school. Police said some of the students, aged 14 and 15, were critically ill. The Gold Coast University Hospital declined to say how many, but said in a statement "they are all steadily improving." Seven boys were taken from St   Read More ...
Drug overdose at private school hospitalizes Australian boys
2018-02-22 09:41:30 GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Five teenage boys remained in an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering drug overdoses at a private school. Police said some of the students, aged 14 and 15, were critically ill. The Gold Coast University Hospital declined to say how many, but said in a statement "they are all steadily improving." Seven boys were taken from St   Read More ...
Perth primary school teacher faces disciplinary action over transgender comments
2018-02-22 06:11:56 A Perth primary school teacher is facing disciplinary action after she made comments regarding a transgender person on an online news article. Melanie Kennedy is an employee at Pickering Brook Primary School, and made the comments on a PerthNow story about a transgender woman who was sentenced to six years jail in a WA male prison. "At least they put him where he belongs   Read More ...
Why America's right is attacking survivors of the Florida massacre
2018-02-22 05:08:37 The American right is officially terrified of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Those students, who rapidly turned themselves into activists and organizers after 17 of their fellow students and teachers were murdered in their school, have become the most visible face of this new phase of the gun debate, and conservatives are absolutely livid about it. As a consequence, they're desperately arguing not just that the students are wrong in their suggestions for how gun policy should be changed, but that they shouldn't be speaking at all and ought to be ignored   Read More ...
Donald Trump hosts White House 'listening session', says arming teachers could prevent school massacres
2018-02-22 02:08:52 US President Donald Trump has proposed arming teachers and sports coaches, and using armed former military personnel to provide school security, in the wake of last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. The meeting included six students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on February 14 by a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle in the second-deadliest shooting at a US public school   Read More ...
ACT Education Directorate explores CCTV for public schools
2018-02-22 01:11:15 The Education Directorate is considering introducing CCTV to public schools in response to lobbying by parents and friends groups. A spokeswoman confirmed the directorate was in talks with the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations about the peak body's proposal "to explore the idea before determining next steps, if it is to proceed". She said CCTV would be used only outside of school hours and the footage made available to ACT Policing if a site was vandalised   Read More ...
Stokes scraps controversial year 9 NAPLAN policy
2018-02-22 01:10:21 NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has scrapped the state's most controversial education policy and will no longer force year 9 students to score three band 8s in NAPLAN to qualify for the HSC. The change, which parents and many principals and teachers demanded, will mean that NAPLAN results from year 9 will not be linked to a student being awarded their HSC   Read More ...
HSC must keep its high standards
2018-02-21 14:12:29 As the school year enters its first weeks, high school students and their parents will know well how the Higher School Certificate can loom over everything they do. Over the years the examination has come to resemble some fearsome monster in a fantasy novel – dark, threatening, mysterious, a powerful obstacle at the end of school life that threatens students' hopes of future happiness   Read More ...
Former education minister blames complacent parents for school results
2018-02-21 14:11:45 A former NSW education minister has accused Anglo-Australian parents of caring too much about their children's sports and not enough about their education. And one of the Turnbull government's top education advisers has suggested Australia needs an economic "shock", such as a recession, to force it to re-evaluate its school spending priorities. Adrian Piccoli, who was NSW education minister until September last year, said 25 years of unbroken economic growth along with an abundant supply of natural resources have "made Australia culturally a bit complacent" when it comes to education   Read More ...
Students critical after swallowing unknown substance at Gold Coast
2018-02-21 09:10:56 Several teenagers are in a critical condition after reportedly taking an unknown substance at a Gold Coast school on Wednesday. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the students, from Saint Stephen’s College on Reserve Road, Upper Coomera, were suffering the effects of ingesting a substance. The six 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old were understood to be falling in and out of consciousness when paramedics arrived   Read More ...
Seven students in hospital after eating unknown substance at Gold Coast
2018-02-21 07:13:28 Several teenagers have lost consciousness after reportedly taking an unknown substance at a Gold Coast school on Wednesday. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the students, from Saint Stephen’s College on Reserve Road, Upper Coomera, were suffering the effects of consuming the substance on Wednesday. The students were understood to be falling in and out of consciousness. Seven patients were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in conditions that ranged from stable to serious but stable   Read More ...
Students in hospital after taking 'unknown substance' at Gold Coast
2018-02-21 06:30:50 Several teenagers have fallen ill after reportedly taking an unknown substance at a Gold Coast school. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the students, from Saint Stephen’s College on Reserve Road, Upper Coomera, were suffering the effects of consuming the substance on Wednesday. Some patients were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital and more were assessed at the school. They ranged in condition from stable to serious but stable   Read More ...