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Indian tech region’s plan for English-medium courses meets opposition

10-07-2018 Hits:33 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

An Indian regional government’s plan to begin teaching English-medium courses in its schools to stem the exodus of students to private schools has been met with outcry from multiple sources...

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Matt Salusbury writes

Five people were charged in July in connection with the alleged embezzlement of almost $300,000 (£177,000) from the Adult English Language Acquisition Program of the Clark County School District. The school district is the fifth-largest in the US, with a jurisdiction that includes two thirds of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and as of 2012 had over 312,000 students enrolled.

Priscilla Rocha, the county’s former adult English language program director, retired at the age of 66 in April while under suspension following her arrest in March. This apparently arose from a tip-off from an employee that resulted in a police search of the adult English program’s premises. Rocha was indicted on fifty counts of theft and misuse of private funds going back to 2005. The grand jury indictment runs to 1,007 pages of testimony and includes over 100 exhibits.

International students stand to lose hundreds of thousand pounds in pre-paid fees because British immigration authorities appear not to have conducted financial due diligence, Gazette research has revealed.

Fifty-seven colleges previously awarded highly trusted sponsor (HTS) status have been suspended from enrolling foreign students following revelations about Toeic exam cheating (see April Gazette). Twenty-two of those suspended in June appear to have been trading insolvently at that time, with nine showing holes on their balance sheets of between £100,000 and £350,000, according to CompanyCheck.co.uk.

More than nine out of ten English teachers in Spain (in a sample of 980) were of the opinion that Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy would fail a secondary school English test. That was the conclusion of the Monitor survey on English in Spain published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) Spain & Portugal.

Julio Redondas, marketing strategy manager for CUP’s Madrid office, told the Gazette the sample canvassed English teachers from ‘private language schools, public schools, private schools, universities, from across all sectors’ and from across all of Spain’s autonomous regions. Just under a quarter of the sample believed Rajoy would flunk a primary school English exam.

Approximately twenty expatriate teachers at a prestigious international school in Jakarta, Indonesia were awaiting deportation for ‘immigration violations’ following an investigation by the South Jakarta Immigration Office.

The Jakarta Post reported that the investigation into staff at Jakarta International School (JIS) was triggered by a child abuse case. Police were called in following allegations of sexual abuse of a six-year-old pupil by contract cleaning staff, which came at about the same time as the revelation that serial paedophile William Vahey had taught at JIS for a decade from 1992 (see June 2014 Gazette).

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