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Ielts blow to Pacific language preschools

09-02-2018 Hits:153 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

Stringent Ielts requirements for teachers in New Zealand have led to the closure of all dedicated courses preparing staff to work in the country’s Pacific language preschools, after applications plummeted...

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By Matt Salusbury

The Netherlands is looking into ways to retain its international students after they graduate. Currently, the proportion of international students who stay on is well below one in five. Enticing even that ratio to stay on and work would add an estimated €740 million (£633 million) to the Dutch economy and fill skills shortages in key technical fields.


By James McCrostie

Berlitz Japan’s four-year legal battle with unionised teachers ended on 27 December last year when management and union representatives signed an agreement to end the company’s lawsuit against the union.

In 2008 Berlitz Japan sued Begunto, the teachers’ union, and five teachers volunteering as union officers for ¥110 million (£776,000), claiming a teachers’ strike was illegal. In addition to dropping its suit, the company will award current union members a rise and the union a lump-sum bonus. The agreement prohibits the disclosure of financial details to anyone outside the union.

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