From prime minister to podcaster, Paul Martin speaks on racism, education and inequality

Former prime minister Paul Martin is trading in his diplomat’s hat for a set of headphones as a podcaster in a new series offered by the Conference Board of Canada. 

The series, called Bright Future, hears from senior-level executives from some of the country’s biggest institutions.

Martin’s episode is available today, and focuses on what he calls the living standards gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. 

Those gaps became apparent when Martin was designing educational programs for high schoolers through his organization, the Martin Family Initiative. 

“There is a high school business course given in almost every provincial high school in the country, but it’s a high school business course given very much to non-Indigenous people based on non-Indigenous ways of life,” Martin said.

“So what we really said was, ‘wait a minute, the youngest and the fastest growing segment of our population are Indigenous. And they also want to

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Coronavirus: School cases to be expected – education minister

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Media captionPupils at Olfcha Comprehensive get used to new systems at school

Groups of children being told to self-isolate due to school Covid cases is to be expected, according to the education minister.

Since term began, dozens of schools have reported cases and entire year groups have self-isolated.

Pupils are being grouped together in “bubbles” in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus in the case of an outbreak.

Kirsty Williams thanked affected schools for their “immediate action”.

After a staggered start to the term, all year groups are due back full time from Monday.

Government guidance to schools says they should group pupils together and avoid contact between groups as much as possible, but how this is done will depend on each individual school.

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Indonesia’s education minister on Covid’s effect on students’ learning

SINGAPORE — There’s not enough discussion globally about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on students’ learning as schools are closed to prevent further spread of the virus, Indonesia’s Education Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim told CNBC on Monday.

“A lot of people keep mentioning about the health crisis and about the economic crisis that’s caused by the pandemic but not enough people are talking about the educational crisis, the learning crisis that is happening all around the world, not just in Indonesia,” the minister told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

“So we really have to find the right balance between … the health crisis as well as the educational crisis as leaders,” he said ahead of the virtual Singapore Summit happening this week.

Students from a school in Surabaya, Indonesia’s East Java province, attend in-person lessons under strict health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEET 2020 draws mixed reaction from students; 85 to 90% candidates appeared, says education minister



a group of people standing next to a woman: NEET 2020 draws mixed reaction from students; 85 to 90% candidates appeared, says education minister


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NEET 2020 draws mixed reaction from students; 85 to 90% candidates appeared, says education minister

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test  began on Sunday amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic at over 3,800 centres across the country, with students queuing up as per their designated time slots and adhering to social distancing norms, reports said.

The medical entrance exam began at 2 pm, but entry to centres began at 11 am. Students were allotted different time slots for entry to ensure staggered movement and social distancing.

Over 15 lakh candidates registered for NEET, which was earlier postponed twice due to the pandemic.

Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Twitter assured candidates that arrangements  for their safety were in place.

“I wish luck to candidates appearing for NEET today. I am confident that students will appear for the exam with confidence and follow all guidelines.

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Alberta’s education minister says school re-entry plan is working despite COVID-19 outbreaks, cases in schools



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Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange attends a ground-breaking at the site of Ecole a la Decouverte in Edmonton, Sept. 10, 2020.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the government’s back-to-school plan is working, even as 24 cases of COVID-19 and three outbreaks have been linked to schools.

Concerns about school safety continued to dog LaGrange on Thursday at a groundbreaking in the Castle Downs neighbourhood of Edmonton for a new K-9 French school, École A la Decouverte.

LaGrange said she was confident the health guidelines and procedures for notifying parents when a case of COVID-19 is identified were rolling out well.

“We have a very strong plan and from what I’m hearing it is working,” she told reporters after the ceremony, referring to a meeting Wednesday with superintendents and school board representatives.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at her Thursday

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Will The Results be Declared This Week? Check What Education Minister Has to Say



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JEE Main 2020 Latest News: Giving a piece of good news for students who had recently appeared for the JEE Main 2020 amid strict COVID guidelines, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Wednesday said that the process for JEE Mains 2020 result declaration has already started and it will be announced soon. Taking to Twitter, Pokhriyal said that the process for result declaration has begun and the results will be announced soon. “My heartfelt thanks to all students and parents for reposing trust in the government and participating in JEE Main exam. Process for result declaration has begun and results will be announced soon,” he said. Soon after the results are declared, candidates can check their score be able to check their results online at jeemain.nta.nic.in. Over 8 lakh students have appeared for the JEE Main 2020. Media reports suggest that the JEE
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Sask. education minister announces $51M in first round of school division COVID-19 funding



Dr. Wade Byron Harrouff sitting at a desk: Gord Wyant, Saskatchewan's Minister of Education, will provide a funding update for school divisions and address students and teachers returning to school.


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Gord Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Education, will provide a funding update for school divisions and address students and teachers returning to school.

The Saskatchewan government is providing $51 million in a first round of funding for school divisions.

On Tuesday morning, Saskatchewan’s Education Minister Gord Wyant announced how the money will be handed out.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $19.1 million for sanitization, includes 191 staff.
  • $6 million for equipment and furniture.
  • $13.2 million for supports for immunocompromised students, includes 150 teachers and staff.
  • $9.5 million for additional distance learning capacity, includes 102 teachers and staff.
  • $4 million for technology upgrades.

Wyant said 46 applications were approved. He did not detail where the money would be going or how it is divided among the successful applicants. 

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“I believe there are a number of schools divisions that were already making some plans to have staff or

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Thai students seeking reforms debate education minister

Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms has taken place with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution

BANGKOK — Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms took place Saturday, with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution.

What had been billed by the students as a debate with Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan was a rare example of an open conversation between a senior politician and the younger generation that is not seen much in Thai society.

The students, who have dubbed their group Bad Students in self-mocking humor, are demanding an end to harassment for their activities, abolition of outmoded draconian regulations and total reform of the educational system.

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Education Minister to announce how Alberta will spend federal safe school funding



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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange

The Alberta government is set to announce how it will spend safe school funding from the federal government.

The province will receive $262.84 million from Ottawa as part of a new Safe Return to Class Fund announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau said that although education is a provincial responsibility, parents have said they are “extremely worried” and provinces needed more support to ensure kids and teachers are safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provinces and territories will have flexibility to spend the money as they see fit, and it will be handed out in two instalments in the fall and in early 2021.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw are scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) has been raising concerns for weeks over class sizes amid the COVID-19

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Minister admits he was warned about concerns over exams algorithm | Education

The education minister Nick Gibb has admitted he was warned about concerns that the algorithm used to determine exam grades could disproportionately affect poorer pupils.

In a round of media interviews on the morning GCSE results were published, the minister defended the standardisation system, insisting the model was fair but that it was implemented incorrectly.

He apologised to pupils for the chaos that ensued although was unable to give a firm date for the release of Btec results, which have been delayed, saying they would “hopefully” be out next week.

Asked about reports that ministers were warned weeks ago of flaws in the exams algorithm that left thousands of A-level students devastated and university admissions in disarray, he conceded he had been aware of the issue and a meeting had taken place.

The Times reported that Sir Jon Coles, a former director general at the Department for Education (DfE), wrote

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