Education

King's College racism row: Students support doctor

Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption Dr Gopal said she would no longer supervise students at the university in protest at her treatment Cambridge University students have rallied behind an academic who said racism at one college is “widespread”. Dr Priyamvada Gopal claimed porters at King’s College frequently “hassled” non-white staff and students at the […]

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Ofsted chief inspector backs ban on phones in schools

Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman says the educational role of mobile phones is “dubious” The chief inspector of Ofsted is backing headteachers who ban mobile phones to prevent bad behaviour. In a speech, Amanda Spielman is expected to blame technology for making “low-level disruption” more common and endorse tough behaviour […]

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Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said the country could not “passively” accept any leaks Algeria has turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. Internet service, both mobile and fixed line, will go off for an hour after the start of each high […]

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Tent of dreams

Image copyright Paddy Dowling Image caption Sara’s home has been a tent for the past three years, since being forced from Syria by war At the age of just 11, Sara’s plans for the future are already clear. “I will become a surgeon,” she says firmly. It’s a noble ambition, shared by youngsters the world […]

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Hail Mary

Image caption Dame Mary Beard wants open debate, but without the “sloganising” and “sexist rants” Historian Mary Beard moves seamlessly from tackling aggressive dimwits on Twitter to talking about the politics of ancient Rome. It’s the kind of abrupt gear change we now expect from public intellectuals. And Professor Mary Beard – who became Dame […]