SEOUL: One of the first things North Korean defector Ri Kwang-myong did after reaching the South was to go back to school - 12 years after finishing his education.North Korea claims a 100 per cent literacy rate and boasts that its free compulsory education demonstrates the superiority of its socialist system.But those who escape from the impoverished country often struggle in the South from a lack of basic knowledge.Lessons at North Korean schools are peppered with praise for the leadership, defectors say, and for many, education is also disrupted by grinding poverty or their long journey to freedom.Ri, 31, is among a handful of adult students at Wooridul School in Seoul, an educational haven for North Korean students too old, or lagging academically and so unable to go to appropriate state schools."Although I studied in the North and graduated, I don't know much," said Ri, who went back to school last year, six months after arriving in South Korea.Much of what he was taught … [Read more...] about Lost lessons: North Koreans get ‘re-education’ in South
Education spending per student by country
Working conditions for teachers here appear to have improved, with educators putting in fewer hours each week now than they did five years ago. Teachers say they are spending less time on administrative work and marking, which also gives them more time to teach, according to a new global survey. However, they still work more - 46 hours per week - than their overseas counterparts, who clock 39 hours a week on average. Teachers overseas also spend more time in the classroom, said the Teaching and Learning International Survey (Talis) released yesterday. The study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which polled 260,000 teachers worldwide, found that those here worked two hours fewer than the 48 per week they reported in the 2013 study. This makes teachers here the seventh-most hardworking in the world, down from third in the 2013 survey. Japan's teachers came up top with 56 hours, followed by Kazakhstan and Alberta, Canada. The five-yearly survey aims to … [Read more...] about Teachers work fewer hours now, but teach more: Poll
SAO PAULO: A nationwide strike called by Brazil's trade unions disrupted public transport and triggered road blocks in parts of the country Friday, ahead of protests against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's pension reform.Hours before the opening match of the Copa America in Sao Paulo, some metro lines in the country's biggest city were paralyzed as professors and students also prepared to take to the streets over the government's planned education spending cuts.It will be the latest mass demonstration against Bolsonaro since he took office in January, but the timing could not be worse for the embattled president as Brazil prepares to play Bolivia in South America's showcase football tournament.Bolsonaro was expected to attend the opener at Morumbi stadium where police sharpshooters will be deployed as part of increased security for the competition.One of Brazil's main trade unions estimated 45 million workers had taken part in the strike.Some 63 cities had been affected by the … [Read more...] about Brazil strike disrupts transport ahead of Copa America
Instead, imagine if kids were using these technologies to build fulfilling friendships, create awe-inspiring art or even save lives. In Thailand, people spend more than one-third of their day online at an average of nine hours and 11 minutes. The worldwide daily average is six hours and 42 minutes per day (2018 figures). Our growing use of digital technology shows no sign of slowing, with 1 million new users coming online every day, according to We Are Social’s “Global Digital Report 2019”. As more parents raise kids with iPads and iPhones, it’s no surprise that children are among the fastest growing group for internet use. In the latest Unesco research, “Digital Kids Asia-Pacific: Insights into Children’s Digital Citizenship” (DKAP), which was launched this month, over 60 per cent of 15-year-olds surveyed were already spending more than three hours a day online, while about 8 per cent were online for more than seven hours daily. … [Read more...] about Can YouTube kids blossom into young digital citizens?