Monthly Archives : January 2021

Study reveals no advantage to holding kids back from kindergarten

Loading “My eldest is thriving,” she said. Her second, who turns five in June, begins school on Monday. “I looked at her and thought: ‘you’re ready’.” Parents of children born from January to July angst over whether to send their children to school, or delay for a year. In NSW…

Back to school rules for the first day in 2021

Adults are required to sign in using QR code posters at the school entrance or administration building. “If you’re simply dropping your child off in a carpark, then you’re fine, but if you’re visiting the school, you need to check in to ensure we can continue contact tracing in our…

Timeline of how COVID-19 spread in Queensland

Brisbane Times takes a look back at how the virus spread through Queensland, and some of the state’s near misses. January 2020 January 9: The World Health Organisation releases a statement “regarding cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan”. The “WHO does not recommend any specific measures for travellers”. January 11:…

Digital vaccine certificates could enable international students to return, says Education Minister Alan Tudge

Loading “If a vaccine works and stops the spread, and it can be rolled out effectively in source countries and we can have surety over vaccination certificates, then there is the potential to be able to bring in more international students without them having to quarantine,” Mr Tudge told The…

Australian Productivity Commission recommends skills training outside apprenticeships

The Commission has also recommended the expansion of student loans for more certificate and diploma courses and says greater contestability in funding arrangements for publicly-owned TAFE providers would help governments get a better return on the $6.4 billion spent on vocational education and training (VET). A more nationally consistent approach…

Please, bear with us and what we have endured

Melbourne accepted 110 days of one of the toughest lockdowns in the world. We did not like it either, but we understood it was necessary if we were to get on top of this wicked virus. We were immensely proud when we finally reached no new community transmissions for two…

Should the government be pulling back fiscal support?

Loading On his forecasts the unemployment rate will peak at 6.7 per cent in 2021-2022 before falling back in 2022-2023 and continuing to recover for years. GDP will rise, spending will increase and the housing construction sector will continue to surge. The sharp turn around in fortunes is largely due…

Do teacher shortages make education a good career option?

Loading Earlier this week, the NSW Teachers Federation revealed that schools in regional NSW are scrambling to find staff, with some principals now turning to social media to fill positions. One principal took to Twitter to invite “anyone who wants to have a crack at teaching science and is an…

What do employers think of online education

  **This is an updated post** The truth about online study In recent years, our perceptions about remote working, studying online and what the ‘new normal’ will look like have all shifted a little. It’s no longer uncommon for employees to work from home, if not full time then at…

Secretary Of Education Cannot Forgive All Federal Student Loans

Reed D. Rubinstein, Principal Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education, issued an 8-page legal opinion on January 12, 2021 that finds that “the Secretary does not have statutory authority to provide blanket or mass cancellation, compromise, discharge, or forgiveness of student loan principal balances, and/or materially modify…