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Jun 26 2020 - 09:22 AM
Daily News From Around the World: 6/26/20

Today’s headlines take a look around the world to see how schools are responding to the age of Covid-19. From primary to graduate schools, educational institutions and their students are negotiating what education should look like, what it should cost, and how to mark its levels of completion. As always, these headlines are taken from the front pages curated by

“March against fees, November 2000” by user JamKaftan, available in public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ottawa Citizen, Published in Ottawa, Canada

'Not what they signed up for': Students want tuition cut for online courses

   In one week, an online petition posted by a Carleton University cognitive science student 

to reduce tuition for online classes gathered over 1,300 signatures. Having spent the latter half of the Spring semester largely taking classes on video-conferencing platforms, students are arguing that their success in online classes relies more on their self-direction, and is not worth the cost of full tuition.

Manila Bulletin, Published in Manila, Philippines

DepEd allows 654 schools to hike tuition

   Before the government implemented a quarantine in response to coronavirus, 556 private schools in the Philippines had applied to increase tuition. In the months since, that number has increased by 345, and 654 have been approved, making more than ⅔ of the Philippines’s private schools eligible for tuition increases for the coming semester. Despite their approval, the Department of Education requested that schools defer the tuition hikes.

Culpeper Star-Exponent, Published in Culpeper, Virginia, USA

Orange Public Schools unveil initial reopening plan

   Virginia’s Orange County Schools Superintendent outlined the district’s plans for reopening in a blog post on Wednesday. Most students will be returning to online classes, with only the youngest students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners returning in person when schools reopen on August 12th. The students returning in person will do so on a staggered basis, two days per week.

“Presentation Gui E Learning,” by user sandra_schoen, available in public domain, courtesy of Needpix.

Deccan Chronicle, Published in Hyderabad, India

CBSE cancels Board exams, option for Class 12 confuses

The remaining exams for students in Classes X and XII have been canceled in India due to the pandemic, but Class XII students have the option of taking the exams later, or moving on based on their performance on last year’s exams. The ambiguity in options for Class XII students has generated confusion across the country.

China Daily, Published in Beijing, China


   More than 1,500 graduating master’s and doctoral students at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications received their diplomas via video-conferencing and robot proxies last month. The robots, developed for competition by the school’s robotics club, are one of many creative approaches to commencement since the pandemic caused large gatherings to be canceled around the world.



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