TOP diplomats sent their children to the country’s elite private schools – costing taxpayers £27 million. School fees were allocated for nearly 1,500 children to attend elite establishments. Only half of the 350 families who benefited were serving in posts abroad, figures show. Private education totalling £122,000 was given for pupils to attend Eton College – where ex-PM David Cameron attended. One school – Sevenoaks in Kent – received £450,000 for pupils from government funds, we can reveal. A total of £12,703,109 was paid to British schools educating 393 diplomats’ children. A further £14,339,087 was given to foreign schools to educate a further 1074 children, figures for 2016/17 show. The figures were released by the Foreign Office in a written answer to questions asked by Labour’s Emily Thornberry. The policy has run under successive Conservative and Labour governments. Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said: … [Read more...] about Children of top British diplomats get sent to elite private schools at the public’s expense
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If the U.S. Supreme Court justices who issued Brown and Brown II were to survey the last half century, what would they see?They ordered that desegregation be initiated “with all deliberate speed,” yet they understood that many school districts would be more intent on finding ways to subvert than to implement the court’s mandate to eliminate racial separation in public education.But could they have imagined 50 years later that some school districts’ desegregation plans would still be under court supervision? Did they have any idea of the intractability of some hurdles to integration—not only overt resistance but also geography, economics and competing interests for government dollars?On the other hand, could they have imagined some of the successes of their monumental opinion: That in many schools and communities, children of different races and ethnicities attend school, play sports and frolic together on playgrounds? After all, for many … [Read more...] about Are Schools Returning to the 1950s?
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled in favour of an evangelical Christian school that would not admit the son of a same-sex couple over the school’s stance on same-sex marriage.The unnamed married couple and their son, who live in a rural part of Ontario, took the case to the tribunal after the couple contacted the school about having their son attend a preschool program at the private school. According to the ruling in H.S. v. The Private Academy, 2017 HRTO 791, the couple wanted their child to attend a Christian school that offered religious education. However, the principal of the school — which does not get government funding — told one of the parents that their same-sex marriage would clash with the school’s teachings, including the biblical belief that marriage is between a woman and a man. The couple launched a case alleging discrimination based on sex, creed, family status and marital status, but the tribunal ultimately ruled that the school had a … [Read more...] about School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple
Choosing the right school for their children is a major concern for parents around the word. School rankings are one criteria, but do they reflect reality? And what can be done to turn around a failing school? In many parts of the world, school rankings are based on national exam results. But many people criticize this system which see private schools topping the leaderboards. We went to Portugal to see how fair this approach really is. Carla Sousa chose for her daughter Catarina the same school that she attended: Basic and Secondary School of Cerco, a public school in a difficult neighborhood of Porto. Never mind that she no longer lives there, and that this school is at the bottom of Portugal’s ranking. “The school ranking doesn’t worry me at all,” Carla says. “To me it’s important that my daughters feel good, that they succeed at school and that they do their homework.” Catarina studies Technological Sciences in the 10th grade, and … [Read more...] about School rankings in the spotlight
The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the operation of AAP government’s notification asking private minority unaided schools to accept nursery admission forms using neighbourhood criteria.The Counsel for the Petitioners Romy Chacko argued that the impugned Notification to the extent it applies to private unaided minority educational institutions violates Articles 30(1) and 15(5) of the Constitution. He also submitted that the right to administer under Article 30 includes the right to manage the affairs of the institution, which among other things, includes the right to admit a student, as well as the right to determine the method and procedure of admission.Defending the impugned Notification, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain submitted before the Court that under the Notification, minority institutions are free to admit students from the minority community and thereafter, the vacant seats could be filled in accordance with the neighbourhood criteria. He hence … [Read more...] about AAP Govt’s Notification On School Admissions Prima Facie Offends Minority Rights Under Constitution: Delhi HC [Read Order]