Language school association Education South Africa (EduSA) has successfully challenged the South African government over a strict immigration policy which it claimed was damaging the country’s EFL industry. EduSA chair Johannes Kraus said that the association had now reached an ‘amicable’ settlement with the Department of Home Affairs and Higher Education and Training.
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A new series of English language tests for Thailand, based on the CEFR, aims to establish English proficiency levels needed for students and to ‘weed out backpackers’ from its pool of foreign English teachers, according to the Bangkok Post.
The test, designed by the Thailand Professional Qualifications Institute for the Ministry of Education, is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for adult learners studying another European language.
In the run-up to of the presidential elections in the West African nation of Ghana, the president’s chief of staff pledged that senior high school students would start learning Arabic ‘at the basic level’ alongside English – Ghana’s only official language - as a subject.
Russia’s new education minister Olga Vasilyeva has called a halt to programme of mergers of the country’s higher education institutions. The mergers are part of the Federation’s 60.5 billion rouble (£764 million) Project 5-100 to get five universities into the THE World University Rankings and the QS ranking by 2020.