Welcome to the weekend news! Today these headlines from around the world are mostly focused on efforts to continue education without interruption. Other mentions include news on aerospace engineering in Africa and hospital politics in New Zealand. As always, these headlines come from Newseum.org.
The Press, Published in Christchurch, New Zealand
In the past few weeks in Canterbury, New Zealand there has been a troubling resignation of seven of the Christchurch hospital’s eleven member board. The urban area is the second largest in the country. After protests outside the hospital and letters from doctors to the PM, finally Jacinda Ardern is stepping in.
Toronto Star, Published in Toronto, Canada
Amongst teachers preparing for the fall semester, kindergarten teachers are especially worried about how their students will adapt and stay safe. The typical style of kindergarten learning involves a large degree of group interaction and more physical, hands on learning. Class sizes for this age group are also generally the largest and these children will struggle the most with new, unfamiliar rules like wearing masks and keeping a distance from their peers. School boards are working to limit class sizes, splitting one class into two if possible.
The Independent, Published in Durban, South Africa
A PhD student and propulsion engineer at the university of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa was just named one of the ‘African Space Industry Top 10 Under 30.’ He, as well as the nine other scientists chosen will be honored at the 2020 New Space Africa Conference held in Ethiopia in November.
The Gleaner, Published in Kingston, Jamaica
After a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Jamaica, the beginning of the fall semester has been pushed back to October 5. This delay will allow for enough tablets and laptops to be procured and distributed to students for blended remote learning. Some families with elders living with them are now contemplating homeschooling due to the high risk if their children bring the virus home.
The Daily Mail, Published in London, UK
In the UK, both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of Education, Gavin Williamson have majorly slipped in their approval ratings after the controversy regarding how A-level and GSCE results were handled. Due to the pandemic, instead of holding these important exams, teachers were asked to decide the grades based on prior performance. However, the government believed that these results caused grade inflation and implemented an algorithm instead which decreased the majority of student grades to outrage. Particularly after this blunder, the majority of voters in the UK wish for students to return to school in the fall, even if shops, gatherings and pubs must stay shutdown to compensate.