UK PM's plan to restrict entry of foreign students seen as setback by varsities, education companies
According to media reports, Sunak is considering curbs on foreign students taking "low quality" degrees and bringing dependents. The UK Prime Minister's spokesman said the idea was being considered after official figures showed net migration to the UK had climbed to a record half a million, the reports said.
UK school disruption amid Covid worst since WWII: Report
In the report published on Wednesday, the Institute for Government, an independent think-tank which aims to improve government effectiveness through research and analysis, said the government's failure to make contingency plans for schools and exams in the summer of 2020 was the most "unforgivable aspect" of its handling of education during the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.
Britain invites applications for Chevening scholarship
The Chevening scholarships offer full financial support for one year to candidates applying for a master's degree at any UK university -- covering nearly 12,000 courses from in than 150 universities. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for the selected course; travel expenses and visa fees; and a monthly stipend, a statement by the British High Commission said here.
UK to issue post-study work visa for international students
The visa has been designed to give opportunities to students studying in UK universities to stay on and look for work for at least two years. To apply, students must have completed an eligible course that has been recognized by the UK education department. The student should also have appropriate immigration requirements.
UK Education Secy calls for smartphone ban in classrooms
Earlier, the Department for Education (DfE) announced a plan to ask teachers and school leaders for views on managing good behaviour, including the use of smartphones while inside a classroom, Xinhua news agency. Williamson's call on Tuesday came ahead of plans to update government guidance later this year on behaviour and discipline in schools, as well as student suspensions and permanent exclusions.
Racial issue at Oxford: MEA to take up with UK
The issue concerns Rashmi Samant, a 22-year-old student from Karnataka's Udupi. She contested the elections for the Presidency of the Student Union and won. However, following some of her old social media posts being deemed "racist" and "insensitive", was forced to quit. Samant apologised in an open letter as soon as the posts emerged. However, as the clamour for her resignation refused to die down, she decided to quit as the president-elect.
England to delay return to school amid rising Covid-19 infection rates
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons on Wednesday that most primary schools will open as planned on January 4, while all secondary pupils in exam years are to return during the week beginning January 11
UK to roll out mass Covid-19 testing in secondary schools
Secondary school children in seven boroughs with the highest infection rates will be given the chance to take a rapid lateral flow test, which gives results in half an hour, Xinhua news agency quoted Hancock as saying at Downing Street press briefing on Thursday night