N.J. Catholic school saved from closure by donors. 9 others remain on shutdown list.
One of the 10 Catholic schools in northern New Jersey slated to close this year due to drops in enrollment will now stay open, the Archdiocese of Newark said Tuesday.“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and kindness of anonymous donors, as well as substantial community support, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (in Union County) will remain open in the 2020-2021 school year,” Maria Margiotta, spokeswoman for the diocese, told NJ Advance Media.“The parish has agreed to accept from the Archdiocese of Newark the responsibility of the school’s operations and fiscal sustainability moving forward ...
When schools reopen, their doors must open equally to all
By Maurice J. Elias and Larry LeverettEven as we confront the treacherous coronavirus pandemic with a large-scale effort to treat, mitigate and protect our people, leaders are starting to turn their attention to reopening America’s industries, municipalities, and civic society. Governors like Phil Murphy, Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsome are speaking about an 18-month plan. Educators, who deserve commendation for the rapid response to organizing online learning to create some continuity for learners, similarly need an 18-month plan. The social and emotional wellness of adults and students must b...
North Korea to reopen schools as virus fears ease
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday.Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of its people into isolation.The new school term -- initially scheduled to start early April -- has been repeatedly postponed, although some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April."New semesters will begin at elementary, middle and high schools nationwide from early June, and quarantine measures have been...
Back to school U-turn
AFTER days of insisting that most schools were ready to reopen today, the Department of Basic Education yesterday made an 11th-hour U-turn, conceded that some schools were not ready and shelved the plans.But the department’s sudden change left many parents and stakeholders not only confused but fuming, with some calling for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to step down.In a last-minute announcement, the department last night released a statement saying that learners would now only return to school on June 8.It said the Council of Education Minister (CEM) met on Saturday to assess the s...
Teachers raise concerns ahead of reopening schools
With just hours to the end of the two-week period in which the Ministry of Education is expected to release a work plan on reopening of education institutions to final year students, sections of the teaching community are raising new concerns about their safety and working conditions once the institutions reopen.Last week, the teachers under their umbrella Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu), wrote to the Ministry of Education calling on government to pay teachers a risk allowance, recruit more staff to meet the recommended four-metre social distance rule between the learners, provide resi...
Free school meals: ‘Easier said than done’
The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) initiated by the present administration in 2016 to support states is meant to improve the health and education output of public schools pupils, in addition to boosting local economy by linking farmers to the school feeding market.NHGSFP is a component of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) under the office of the vice president, before it was placed under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2019.Under the arrangement, local vendors obtain produce locally ...
GOMBE GOVT CONSTRUCTS 234 SCHOOLS, RENOVATES 190, UPGRADES 4 LEGACY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ONE YEAR
A total of 234 new additional classrooms across 80 schools have been built, 190 classrooms renovated in 47 schools and rehabilitated 4 of the legacy secondary schools namely, GSSS Gombe, GSS Dukku, GSSS Kaltungo and GGSS Kuri in the effort of Gombe state government to restore them to their lost glory.These were contained in the statewide broadcast by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya to mark his one year in office stating that, “Similarly, we established a state-of-the-art Teacher Resource Center in Kwami in order to adequately train and re-train our teachers to enable them to meet the demands of...
Private schools and universities in Lebanon are in economic crisis
BEIRUT: The future of thousands of Lebanese students is at stake as private educational institutions assess their ability to continue operations in the next academic year, due to the economic crunch facing Lebanon.“If the economic situation continues, private schools will be forced to close down for good, a move that will affect more than 700,000 students, 59,000 teachers and 15,000 school administrators,” said Father Boutros Azar, secretary-general of the General Secretariat of Catholic Schools in Lebanon, and coordinator of the Association of Private Educational Institutions in Lebanon.Over ...
Covid-19: German high school tests students twice a week
As schools in Germany reopen in the wake of a lockdown imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, students at one high school are checked twice a week for symptoms of the virus. FRANCE 24 reports from Neustrelitz in northern Germany.At a high school in Neustreltiz, northern Germany, coming back to class means coming in for a test.Twice a week students at a high school in Neustrelitz are checked for Covid-19 – in the very same building that they study in. It’s not fun but it is reassuring.“Thanks to the test, I am not endangering anyone. My family can also get checked, which is important,” said on...
N.J. clarifies graduation rules again: Drive-by ceremonies are OK in June
New Jersey schools are allowed to host drive-by or drive-thru graduation ceremonies next month, despite conflicting state guidance issued this week.The state Department of Education on Thursday night updated its guidance to school districts to allow for ceremonies involving car parades and other drive-in ceremonies in June, as long as all parts of the ceremony comply with state rules for outdoor gatherings.The update comes following confusion over new guidelines released Wednesday that indicated only virtual ceremonies were allowed prior to July 6. It marked the second time the state has had t...