Government issues cybersecurity alert for UK education sector

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has today issued an alert to the entire education sector over fears that institutions’ cybersecurity is at risk, prompted by the rise in online schooling during the pandemic.

Cybersecurity wonks at the NCSC, which is part of the intelligence agency GCHQ, are increasing the support available for UK schools, colleges, and universities in handling online attacks.

It comes after a spate of attacks with the potential to de-rail preparations for the new term hit educational institutions over the summer.

Read more: DEBATE: Will cyber attacks increase as we return to the office?

The alert urged schools and universities to take immediate steps such as ensuring data is backed up and also stored on copies offline.

“This criminal targeting of the education sector, particularly at such a challenging time, is utterly reprehensible,” said Paul Chichester, director of operations at the

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Banks that offer the lowest rates on education loans

a group of people sitting at a table using a laptop computer: Banks that offer the lowest rates on education loans

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Banks that offer the lowest rates on education loans

For students, September has been a crucial month this year. In India, lakhs of students appeared for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)  and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) after a prolonged tussle with the central government.

It’s also that time of the year when overseas-bound students pack their bags to head for their chosen destination country for higher studies.

Public sector banks show the way

While private and foreign banks vie hard for slices of businesses in other loan segments, particularly credit cards, public sector banks rule the roost in the education loan category.

At 6.80 per cent for a Rs 20-lakh study loan with a tenure of seven years, PSU major Union Bank of India offers the lowest rate at present, according to data compiled by BankBazaar.

It is followed by Central Bank of India and Bank

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Ministry of Education announces public school schedule

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Kuwait City: The E-learning committee at the Ministry of Education has announced the e-learning schedule for all public school students.

All classes will be conducted online in real time for all students in fourth grade and higher. As for kindergarteners up to third graders, the committee has decided that all their lessons will be pre-recorded.

Students in the fourth and fifth grade, will conduct live online classes but in the afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.

As for middle school students, from sixth grade to eight grade, their classes will be online from 8am to 10:30am.

High school students will be partaking in real time online classes as well but from 10:40am to 1:30pm.

School closures

All schools are expected to resume on October 4, after a seven-month halt that began on March 12. Although

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Trump Announces ‘Patriotic Education’ Commission : NPR

At the White House Conference, President Trump said history teachers’ focus on slavery has taught children to hate their country and announced a national commission to promote “patriotic” education.


Many educators say schools in our country need to do a better job teaching students about white supremacy and systemic racism. President Trump is arguing for the opposite. Yesterday, he again went out of his way to portray protests in American cities as more violent than they really are. This time, though, he blamed what he called left-wing indoctrination in schools and universities. Trump said he wants to create a commission to promote, quote, “patriotic education.”


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Patriotic moms and dads are going to demand that their children are no longer fed hateful lies about this country. American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools.

GREENE: For more on

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White House coronavirus task force focuses on higher education in state reports | News Headlines

(CNN) — The White House coronavirus task force placed a sharper focus on colleges and universities in its recommendations to states this week, pushing states to take measures to prevent further outbreaks as the school year begins.

CNN reached out to all 50 states for their weekly task force reports, which the White House has declined to make public, and obtained responses from 13 states as of Friday morning. Alabama was the only state to explicitly decline to provide its report. Other states referred CNN to other sources or did not respond.

This week’s set of reports, sent to states Tuesday evening, was directed to governors and their senior staff, as well as health officials, emergency managers, epidemiologists, lab directors and preparedness directors for each state.

The reports are individually tailored to each state with information on cases and test positivity and county-specific data and broadly show concern about spread

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Levittown Board Of Education Welcomes Student Liaisons

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Sept. 18, 2020

The Levittown Public Schools Board of Education held its first regular meeting since the start of the new school year on Sept. 16. With social distancing protocols in place, a limited number of community members were welcomed to attend the meeting in-person in the Levittown Memorial Board Room. The meeting was also livestreamed on YouTube.

During the meeting, Todd Winch, assistant superintendent for instruction, introduced this year’s two high school student liaisons to the Levittown community. Division Avenue High School senior Jasmeet Sahota received a warm welcome from the board, along with MacArthur High School senior Taylor Muckle, who will serve as the school’s temporary liaison as of now. Both students will attend each board meeting to report on their respective school’s events and news.

Sahota is a high honor roll student who plays an active role at Division Avenue High School. He

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Santa Clara County Board of Education honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — This year to celebrate the contributions Hispanics/Latinx have made to the community — the Santa Clara County Board of Education approved a resolution to officially acknowledge September as National Hispanic Month.  

Earlier this month the board unanimously approved and signed a resolution to officially acknowledge September as National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

In Santa Clara County, Hispanic/Latinx students account for 38.3 percent of the students population and represent the largest racial/ethnic group among the state’s child population. 

Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan and the Santa Santa Clara County Board of Education say they remain committed to uplifting student equity and honoring diversity within the county. 

“It’s really of extreme importance to set aside time and to call out the need to celebrate and

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Creator Of ‘1619 Project’ On Trump’s ‘Patriotic Education’

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At the National Archives yesterday, standing near the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, President Trump announced he is establishing a commission to restore patriotic education in our schools.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country.

PFEIFFER: In a speech that lasted about a half-hour, Trump argued that American schoolchildren are being taught that the United States is a wicked and racist nation.


The president took specific aim at the 1619 Project, a New York Times series that looked at American history in the context of slavery and the

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Case Western Reserve University achieves apparent global first with mixed-reality education during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

The signature HaloAnatomy mixed-reality software for the Microsoft HoloLense kept 185 first-year medical students from coming to campus.

CLEVELAND — As the world pivoted to life at home amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine found an innovative way to engage their students.

For the first time ever, an all-remote anatomy course was unveiled using the University’s signature HoloAnatomy mixed-reality software for the Microsoft HoloLense. This enabled 185 first-year medical students to take the course entirely from home. 

Data reflected in a survey of the students from the course show that an overwhelming majority of those students across the U.S. and Canada preferred the remote course and believe they can effectively learn anatomy via the mixed-reality application.

“This really does have global implications for how education is delivered,” said Interactive Commons’ Faculty Director and professor of radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of

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Teachers union urges state to ensure funding for local districts


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Florida’s largest teachers’ union urged state officials to financially support local school districts and provide transparent data about confirmed COVID-19 cases among public school students.

The Florida Education Association (FEA), in a virtual press conference Friday, also urged Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to guarantee the state education budget would not suffer any cuts while school districts grapple with the local financial burden of the coronavirus.

Officials at the Florida Department of Education say education funding is under no threat for the upcoming year.

More: Corcoran: Use ‘surgical, not sweeping’ response to virus in schools

“It is clear that the FEA is admitting defeat, as they are now requesting that certain provisions in the Department of Education’s emergency order remain intact —

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