Pandemic adds layer of concern around student enrollment numbers and funding

The third Friday of September is always an important date for Wisconsin schools to count students, but between the pandemic and multiple learning options, there is concern over how it will turn out.

Enrollment influences funding for the next few years and the count applies to public, choice and charter schools.

“There’s always some concern around Third Friday, but this year it feels especially heightened,” said Megan O’Halloran, School Board Director at Milwaukee Public Schools.

O’Halloran says educators have come to her concerned about getting an accurate count of students, adding the under-count may apply to students learning remotely or switching schools.

“One of the challenges with the technology is that we have students who have moved who maybe have challenges with having their phones cut off. We really view this as an equity issue that we have a unique set of challenges with our students,” said O’Halloran.

Due to

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Most Britons accept LGBT+ people, but concern over education persists

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Most people in Britain are now happy to have gay or bisexual people as colleagues, neighbours and leaders, but many still think schools should not teach young children about homosexuality, researchers said on Thursday.

While more that 90% of those surveyed by research company Kantar expressed acceptance of gay and bisexual people, about four in 10 said they would not want six-year-olds to be taught that it is ok to be gay.

“In the UK, we have come a long way, but this study shows that social progress is not guaranteed,” said Craig Watkins, UK chief executive of Kantar’s public division, in a statement.

“Although we see high levels of comfort of LGB people in community leadership roles, notable proportions of people have concerns about the education of children,” he said.

Kantar surveyed 2,363 people aged 16 and over between 8 July and 6 August

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Skills mismatch an issue of concern

SKILLS mismatch has been a persistent issue in Malaysia where the expertise of jobseekers, particularly fresh graduates, do not match industry requirements.

This situation has caused some employers to look for the right talents abroad and ended up hiring non-nationals or expatriates for certain positions.

Hence, there is a need to reflect upon the larger picture or structural issues that underly skills mismatch in the country.

The Higher Education Ministry and Human Resources Ministry are two key ministries which play a crucial role in addressing the supply (jobseekers) and demand (job vacancies) in the labour market.

Our education system today churns out approximately 300,000 graduates every year and what is of great concern is that Malaysia has one of the highest graduate unemployment rates in Asean.

Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan views skills mismatch as a costly affair.

“The estimated cost (from skills mismatch of global

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Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, UNHCR to bring skills development to UNHCR’s persons of concern

DUBAI, 24th August, 2020 (WAM) — The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, AGFE, announced today a partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, to provide access to the Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program, YTP, to UNHCR’s Persons of Concern in the UAE to help them gain skills that will guide them on their paths to employment and improved livelihoods.

YTP is a bespoke bilingual and digital platform designed to support Emirati and Arab youth with increased career awareness, soft skills development through online courses, and advising to help them make well-informed education and career-related decisions. The platform is currently benefitting more than 20,000 users across the Arab region, with the majority being from the UAE.

Through the programme, AGFE is offering a series of online webinars that will both assist and train the UNHCR team to promote YTP, as well as offer training to young persons

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