Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...
Learning will be hybrid forstudents as schools physically reopen – Lai Koiki
With the Lagos State government announcing September 21 as the date for schools reopening, Lai Koiki, the chief executive officer of Greensprings School has said that the school will run a blended system of both virtual and on-site learning as schools reopenSpeaking in an interview recently after the Lagos state government announced the physical reopening of schools. Koiki declared that Greensprings School will strictly follow the government’s reopening guidelines, adding that the school has also developed some internal policies to complement the government’s proposition.“We have started worki...
Paris Hilton says Being sent to behavioural school gave her 'trust issues'
Paris Hilton developed "trust issues" after being sent to Provo Canyon School in Utah when she was a teenager.She opened up on being sent to the residential school in her new YouTube Originals documentary, 'This Is Paris', where she alleged she faced physical and mental abuse.And during an appearance on 'The Drew Barrymore Show', Paris said being sent to the school fractured her relationship with her parents, because she felt she "didn't deserve to go there".In the interview, Drew told Paris of her own experience with a similar institution explaining that she wouldn't change a thing.But Paris ...
Back to school
What an unusual year it has been thus far. A pandemic swept across the world and changed our lives in a way that we could never have imagined. The educational sector has faced the most profound changes; our children have been home schooled for months through online learning, radio and television.Many schools continue to maintain the distance learning but many others will reopen for physical classes this month. Governments, school proprietors, teachers, parents and the students themselves have been forced to innovate and create workable solutions. As physical schools begin to reopen, I hope we ...
Back to school: Have you prepared your child for post COVID-19 reality?
Today, September 21, 2020, primary and secondary schools in Lagos reopen for in-person learning five months after the Federal Government shut down schools in a bid to disrupt the rapid spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.While parents are relieved about having their children back to school for comprehensive education, there is a silent apprehension about how their little loved-ones will fare in the face of a virus whose infection profile is still being studied across the world.The apprehension is understood when one considers that Israel – once praised to be the model of COVID-19...
PROOF POINTS: A turnaround on school turnarounds
By Jill BarshayHow do you fix a broken, failing school where student achievement, attendance and graduation rates are rock bottom? Education experts argue over this a lot. One idea has been to bring in a new principal and make drastic changes to turn the school around quickly like the way corporate turnaround artists revive a bankrupt company.School turnarounds are dramatic moves — sometimes jettisoning the entire teaching staff — that eschew slow, incremental change. The idea gained popularity in the 2000s and the Obama administration spent more than $3.5 billion on rapid turnarounds for scho...
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Three-storey school collapses in Lagos
A three-storey school building owned by Excel College has collapsed in Ejigbo area of Lagos state.The Nation gathered the incident that occurred at No 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo bus-stop at about 8.15 am.It was learned the building had shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate/refortify the structure before the collapse.It was gathered the building had two wings conjoined unfortunately the collapsed wing the wing had serious on the adjourning wing as visible cracks can be seen on the walls, pillars, and decking.The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Ag...
Blast targets 'American' English school in southern Iraq
An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq.The blast damaged the facade of the American Institute for English Learning in the holy city of Najaf, a statement from the province's police directorate said.The school is not formally affiliated with any institutions in the US. It was believed to to have been targeted because it offered English-language lessons to Iraqis. No Americans were employed th...
Heydar Aliyev Foundation to commission 62 school, pre-school buildings in 2020-2021
By Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s charitable foundation Heydar Aliyev Foundation will put into operation 62 schools and pre-school educational institutions across the country between 2020 and 2021.These educational institutions have been newly-built or overhauled.Heydar Aliyev Foundation is implementing “New school to new Azerbaijan” program that builds news schools in the country’s remote places and equips them with modern equipment.About 3,700 schools were built and thoroughly repaired in the country in the past 17 years. In addition, over the recent years, construction of schools of modular type...
COLUMN: We could have avoided this disastrous fall
By Liz Willen and Sarah GarlandNEW YORK—The ritual of back-to-school has always been as predictable as paying taxes. First-day jitters. Waiting for buses. Bugging kids about homework, after asking the inevitable “How did school go today?”A timeless routine, now broken by massive human failures: a raging pandemic, fires and floods fueled by climate change, and, in New York, a twice-delayed reopening debacle in the nation’s largest public-school system that is enraging parents, confusing educators and leading to increasing despair that school as we once knew it will never return.We grownups prob...
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