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Left behind in English wars

01-03-2017 Hits:289 News Melanie Butler  - avatar Melanie Butler

Under attack from left-wing party Izquierda Unida (pic above), the Madrid regional government has released a torrent of information on their bilingual schools.

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NamibiaNAMIBIA: The southern African nation of Namibia has asked schools if they need teachers from Nigeria, ‘especially in English, mathematics and science’, and is also recruiting ‘volunteers’ from Zimbabwe. New Era newspaper revealed a leaked email telling schools they were ‘urgently requested to indicate whether there is a need for … teachers’ provided via the Nigerian Technical Assistance Cooperation. Namibia’s Ministry of Education permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp told The Namibian of a nationwide shortage of teachers – with some 2,000 vacancies, particularly in rural schools.

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In March a survey by Intead and FPP Edumedia of more than 40,000 prospective international students revealed that 60 per cent were less likely to study in the US should Donald Trump (above) be elected president, rising to 80 per cent among Mexicans, Claudia Civnini writes.

Ben Waxman of Intead told the Gazette the survey results were ‘speculative’ and that more research was needed.

School census

A census of schools by the Department for Education (DfE) in England that gathers important  information on the needs of EAL (English as an additional language) students was boycotted after new questions appeared on ‘nationality’ and ‘country of birth’. The National Pupil Database, existing in some form since 2002, has long had questions on ethnicity and language proficiency. It asks parents which language their children speak at home, Matt Salusbury writes.

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Controversial elements of a new education law are in doubt and some have been suspended after protests in more than forty Spanish cities including Madrid (pictured above), with thousands of students, parents and teachers taking to the streets, Andrea Pérez writes. 

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