Education

B.C. adds $150M to education, 1,500 new teachers after reaching deal with union

VANCOUVER –British Columbia’s education system will receive a $150-million funding boost after the province reached a deal with teachers to restore contract language that called for smaller class sizes. Education Minister Mike Bernier says the new classroom enhancement fund is in addition to the $180 million announced in this year’s budget, bringing the total to …

Alberta’s education minister orders Baptist schools to allow gay straight groups

EDMONTON—Alberta’s education minister has issued a ministerial order requiring two private Baptist schools to allow the establishment of gay-straight alliances by students. Education Minister David Eggen issued the order to Harvest Baptist Academy in Parkland County, west of Edmonton, and Edmonton’s Meadows Baptist Academy, which are both run by the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society. …

Transport Canada looks to make seat belts mandatory on school buses

OTTAWA — Seat belts could soon become mandatory on school buses in Canada under proposed regulations now out for review. In an online notice, Transport Canada says the proposal would improve safety for children caught up in severe crashes, especially rollovers. As it is, the key requirements on buses are to have high-back padded seats …

Author: Sanction college students who shouted down my speech

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. –An author of a book discussing racial differences in intelligence who was shouted down by protesters at Middlebury College when he gave a guest lecture and was confronted by some of them afterward says he wants the college to sanction those involved. Charles Murray, who describes himself as a libertarian and social scientist, …

DepEd to provide solar-powered computers to public schools with no electricity

MANILA –The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to distribute computer packages and solar panels to about 6,000 elementary and secondary public schools in areas without electricity. “The innovation in this effort is that the computer package includes a solar panel that will support the provision of electrical energy. We hope that these computers will …

Alberta announces cut in school fees in throne speech of spring sitting

EDMONTON—The Alberta government says its first job of the spring sitting of the legislature will be to cut school fees. The government revealed proposed legislation in its throne speech Thursday which would ban charging parents for essentials such as textbooks or bus transportation for children who live within their designated school area. “School fees should …

Gatchalian confident of passage of free tuition in SUCs bill

MANILA –Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday expressed confidence that the bill seeking free tuition fees in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) will be passed despite the recent Senate reorganization. The Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture used to be chaired by Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV before he was ousted and replaced by …

DepEd includes private schools in field trips policy review

MANILA—The Education Department clarified that private schools will be included in the policy review for field trips. According to a statement from the department, private school representatives will be included in the study committee. The department also explained private schools are currently excluded from the moratorium as they are directly held responsible for their activities. …

Enhanced library experience soon at DOST

MANILA—Generation Xers will have to stow their library cards and Millennials will soon go beyond online access as the Department of Science and Technology gears up to give an enhanced experience to library researchers within the year. This levelling up of library experience will start at the DOST- Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) which …

Oprah Winfrey to speak at upstate NY college commencement

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Oprah Winfrey will be a speaker at the graduation ceremony for an upstate New York college that some graduates of her South African school attended. The Skidmore College website says the author, actress and former talk show host will be a speaker at the May 20 commencement at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Winfrey …